Sunday, 23 October 2016
When expectant mother Caitlin Veitz attended a routine 20 week ultrasound, she and her husband Brian were expecting to find out if their baby was a boy or a girl. But instead her and her husband Brian were given some shocking news – their baby daughter’s little heart was growing outside of her chest. Their baby girl had a rare congenital heart defect (CHD), ectopia cordis, that affects only one in every 100,000 babies. Although CHDs are the most common birth defect of all, occurring in nine in every 1,000 births, ectopic cordis is the rarest form and is lethal - 95 per cent of babies with ectopic cordis die within a week of being born and 90 per cent pass away within three days. Videographer / director: DeAnne Billings Producer: Katie Mercer, Ruby Coote Editor: Marcus Cooper
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.