Posted on April 20 2022Charlie was born right before Christmas. Santa brought him "boo boo bear" that very first Christmas. I would dr. up Boo Boo with whatever Charlie had going on (e.g., nasal canula, tubes, bandages) and would help acclimate his brothers to what they would see when they got to Charlie's room. Since then Boo Boo has been with Charlie at every single hospital visit and in the good times too. Charlie and Boo Boo are nine now and are thriving. These are such special bears.
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Posted on April 20 2022My son received his bummer bear when he was about 6 months old, shortly after his Glenn. “Zip” has been his absolute favorite cuddle ever since. He’s almost 9 now and has been through several more surgeries and procedures but is doing well and Zip has been by his side through it all. 🧸❤️🩹
Posted on October 17 2021The day our second child was born was a flood of emotions. Not only did we have a surprise Down Syndrome diagnosis, we learned about his Complete AV Canal heart defect.We were told originally he would need surgery between 3-6 months of life…then 9-12 months…then before 2 years old. His heart would never be able to repair itself, but he was doing well enough to postpone surgery until he was older and stronger.He is now 14 months old and just had his open heart surgery. We were anxious in the months leading up to this, but the moment he went back to the OR, we felt utter relief. Relief that it was finally happening. And relief that his heart was going to be fixed.On the third day of post-op we felt he was finally getting his personality and smiles back. The moment we took out his Bummer Bear, named Stitches, he was instant smiles! I feel like this Bear made his long days in the hospital so much more “Bear-able.” And someday he will hear the story of how he and his bear both have the same scar!
Posted on September 20 2021
When we first bought this business the main reason was for our son and everyone out there with a Congenital Heart Defect. We thought one day we would try and bring some of the other bears back that were initially part of the business. 6 months after purchasing Bummer Bears my mom, my best friend, passed away of Cancer. I felt like my entire world was crashing down around me. She was one of those people that don't come around as often as they should. She was an angel here on Earth. She was the most patient, kind, loving, giving, compassionate human being. One of the things my mom always wanted was grandchildren. She was constantly asking when I was going to have kids. My husband had three girls' from a previous marriage. My parents knew we were dating but didn't think much of it until one day I said, "well you're going to be grandparents." My mom and dad looked at me and said they knew eventually one day they would act as grandparents to the three girls. I said, "yes, and to one more." I threw an ultrasound down on the table and I thought my mom might injure herself with how quick she jumped up! She was so thrilled. Seeing her face made it all worth it. She was always there for me. This bear is inspired after her and the countless others that are battling, have won, or know someone going through this immense struggle. I know this bear won't take away the pain, but maybe it can provide a little comfort and joy during those difficult days.
One thing I have learned about Cancer patients throughout my experience is that no matter what is thrown at them they never complain. They are always grateful and kind no matter what.
Posted on September 16 2021Jayden is an absolute inspiration to everyone! He loves to give back to others and has donated Mended Heart Bears several years to the Yale New Haven Children's Hospital! You are amazing Jayden!