Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Tea Just for You: Heart Mom Comfort Tea!


Just in time for Mother's Day, Sisters by Heart is proud to announce a new partnership! The Herb Stop, located in Pine, Arizona, (owned and operated by a heart mom/daughter duo - Leilah and Natalie) developed Heart Mom Comfort Tea especially for Sisters by Heart and heart moms everywhere!

Heart Mom Comfort Tea's proprietary herbal blend was hand-selected by herbalists Leilah and Natalie, to bring comfort and calming to heart moms. The Tea comes with a message of hope and comfort for all heart moms (and dads) - and, at the same time, supports newly diagnosed HLHS families, as proceeds from sales will benefit Sisters by Heart.


For the month of May, The Herb Stop is selling Heart Mom Comfort Tea with an adorable heart-shaped filter for only $17.95!

To sweeten the deal even more, Herb Stop is offering a gift set to one lucky winner which will include a jar of Heart Mom Comfort Tea, a Heart-Shaped Filter, Walnut Scrub, Herbal Bath Bags and a bottle of Lavender Oil. Everyone who places an order in May gets a chance to win!  

After May, the Tea will sell for $15.95, with the filter sold separately. Make sure to grab yours now to get Heart Mom Comfort Tea and the heart filter for you or a special heart mom in your life!

Read more about Herb Stop owners, Leilah and Natalie's journey with congenital heart defects, and why our CHD community has inspired them!

by Leilah Brietler (Founder of the Herb Stop)
When my daughter Natalie was born, she was definitely ready to join the world.  Labor was quick. We could not avoid going through a few red lights as we made our way to the hospital.  We checked in at 3 a.m.  At 6:35 Natalie made her arrival, without complications and, surprisingly, without that usual first baby cry.  With great joy I held my daughter. Our eyes met and in that moment knew we were meant to share life’s journey. That sacred moment was brief.  A nurse soon entered the room.  She swiftly took Natalie from my arms and, without explanation as to what was happening, my beautiful daughter was placed in intensive care. Suddenly, all alone, I was left to wonder what was wrong. My precious daughter looked beautiful and perfect, why was she taken from me? I knew there must be a mistake. I waited.  After a few, very long, hours of not knowing, a pediatrician entered the room and I learned of Natalie’s heart conditions.


Our first appointment with our pediatrician was intense. Natalie was placed in a tightly fitting, tube-like machine with her arms above her head. She screamed profusely, almost turning blue.  This experience was extremely traumatizing both for Natalie and for me. I felt alone and without support. My husband was working and unable to be with me.  Our two-year old son was home with a babysitter. The nurse took an exhausted Natalie out of this tube-like machine and handed her to me to dress in preparation for meeting with our doctor.  The attending pediatric cardiologist entered the room.  He sat down and drew a picture showing Natalie’s numerous heart conditions. In the next few, though to me they felt endless, minutes, he explained in detail the conditions that affected Natalie’s heart. It all ended with a prognosis of doom and gloom.  Because her survival was at stake, she would require weekly monitoring at the hospital. Her heart condition was considered so severe that it carried the likelihood of open-heart surgery at a young age. 


I was devastated.  In the cold and sterile environment of the hospital I sat in shock. How could this brave, perfect looking little girl have such life threatening problems? Why was there nobody there to comfort me, to console me, to empathize, or to offer hope?


After many sleepless nights crying and worrying, I prayed and pleaded for help. As an herbalist I sought connection through the use of herbs.  There I found both answers and hope. I raised Natalie with daily herbal support.  I also taught her always to keep love in her heart and to be a joyful person. The heart, after all, is the center of love.


Today Natalie is 33 year old.  She is a vegan, a weightlifter, a popular herbalist and a successful businesswoman.   Every day it is my joy to work by her side.   As a team Natalie and I own and operate the Herb Stop in Pine, AZ.   Natalie is monitored every six months by two cardiologists. Surgery is still not in the picture. She is without symptoms and lives life to the fullest knowing that her heart is delicate and needs daily support.


I feel close to the “Sisters by Heart” because I believe in the way they reach out in support of one another so that other women do not have to suffer alone and without answers as I did. Natalie also shares this tie to “Sisters by Heart.”  On some level I am sure she remembers the traumatic experiences she had to endure upon her arrival into this world. All these brave young mothers are truly our sisters by heart.


Previous Blog Posts

Tuesday April 21st, 2017: Parent Scholarships NPC-QIC 2017

Monday, August 8, 2016: On Finding His Tribe

Thursday, November 19, 2015: You're the General Manager

Monday, July 20, 2015: Fontan Care Package Launch

Monday, June 8, 2015: SBH Supports Full Transparency in Outcomes Data

Wednesday, May 6, 2015: New Care Package Items

Wednesday, April 29, 2015: A Tea Just for You: Heart Mom Comfort Tea!

Monday, March 2, 2015: Parent Travel Scholarships - NPC-QIC 2015 Spring Learning Session!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015: NPC-QIC/SBH Response to HLHS Statistics Shared by the CDC

Monday, February 2, 2015: Fundraising with Heart: Tink & Key

Thursday, January 29, 2015: January 2015 NPC-QIC Action Period Call Update

Wednesday, January 28, 2015: Fundraising with Heart: The Baby Blue Sound Collective

Thursday, December 18, 2014: Sharing HOPE: An exciting opportunity

Tuesday, September 30, 2014: HLHS Collaborative: September's Action Period Call

Tuesday, August 26, 2014: Parent Travel Scholarships - NPC-QIC 2014 Fall Learning Session!

Monday, August 18, 2014: CHD Kids and School Special Services

Monday, August 11, 2014: Using Crisis to Create: The Asher James Foundation

Wednesday, July 2, 2014: HLHS Collaborative: June's Action Period Call

Monday, June 23, 2014: Pink for Paul!

Friday, June 13, 2014: Why There are No "Brothers by Heart"

Tuesday, May 13, 2014: What If...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014: HLHS Collaborative: March's Action Period Call

Wednesday, March 5, 2014: HLHS Collaborative: February's Action Period Call

Saturday, February 15, 2014: Shopping for a Cause

Thursday, February 6, 2014: HLHS Collaborative: January's Action Period Call

Friday, January 17, 2014: Research Opportunity: Prenatally Diagnosed Moms Need Apply!

Monday, January 6, 2014: HLHS Collaborative: December's Action Call

Friday, December 27, 2013: Dual Perspectives: Growing Up with HLHS

Wednesday, December 4, 2013: Take Action: Be Part of the Solution

Tuesday, December 3, 2013: Join Millions for #GivingTuesday

Monday, November 18, 2013: A Mother's Perspective: The Other Sibling

Wednesday, November 6, 2013: A Unique Opportunity with What to Expect

Tuesday, November 5, 2013: Time to Vote!

Friday, November 1, 2013: 2nd Annual Sisters by Heart Avon Fundraiser

Thursday, September 12, 2013: Possibilities: Cord Blood Banking

Tuesday, September 3, 2013: A Unique Partnership

Tuesday, August 6, 2013: Fontan Series: Kylan's Story

Monday, July 22, 2013: Fontan Series: Lily's Story

Monday, July 15, 2013: Fontan Series: Aly's Story

Monday, May 13, 2013: A Heartfelt Donation: Medical Masks in Anya's Memory

Monday, April 22, 2013: Parent's Perspective: What to Pack for the Hospital

Thursday, April 18, 2013: Getting a 2nd Opinion: An Inpatient Perspective

Monday, April 15, 2013: Getting a 2nd Opinion: An Outpatient Perspective

Saturday, February 9, 2013: It's February, Celebrate Black History Month!

Monday, February 4, 2013: A Heartfelt Donation: eBay Foundation

Friday, February 1, 2013: A Unique Collaboration: SBH and the NPC-QIC

Monday, January 28, 2013: NPC-QIC Winter Learning Session

Friday, December 21, 2012: A Mothers Perspective: Feeding issues

Wednesday, December 5, 2012: A Heartfelt Donation: Smart Mom Jewelry

Sunday, November 18, 2012: Heartfelt Donations: aden + anais and The Dorsett Family

Tuesday, November 13, 2012: Gifts from the Heart: Stella & Dot

Monday, November 5, 2012: Creative Donors: United Way Workplace Campaigns

Sunday, November 4, 2012: A Mother's Perspective: Healing a Hurting Marriage

Sunday, October 28, 2013: A Heartfelt Donation: Avon

Saturday, October 27, 2012: A Gift for Our Fighters

Monday, October 15, 2012: Stories of Hope: Tyler Sajdak

Monday, October 8, 2012: A Heartfelt Donation: The Mended Heart

Monday, September 24, 2012: Fun in the Sun: Year Two

Sunday, September 16, 2012: Creative Moms: Warrior Scrapbooking

September 11th, 2012: Remembering Our Heroes

June 6th, 2012: Top Ten Discharge List