May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month.
May is a month of celebration at our home with both kids being born in May. They were supposed to both be Junebugs, but were Mayflies instead. Most of you know our story. Ariana born just prior to 35 weeks due to HELLP Syndrome, 4lbs, spending over two weeks in the NICU. Phoenix born at 37 weeks due to gestational hypertension, 5lbs 6oz. Because of their May birthdays, I feel especially tied to this cause.
I'm immensely thankful that both my babies were here with me. Some are not so lucky and my heart breaks for each baby that is lost to complications from this horrible condition. Preeclampsia has been around for thousands of years and yet there is still no cure. And the cause, while theories abound, is still unknown. We made the choice to not have more children due to preeclampsia concerns. The risk is just too great.
I hate knowing that my daughter, should she grow up and decide to become a mommy herself, will have to be concerned about preeclampsia due to family history. I HOPE there is a cure before then. I hope a cure is found soon, so moms and babies no longer have to suffer. My heart aches each time I learn of someone who has been tragically touched by preeclampsia.
Our family invites you to walk with us as we raise awareness for preeclampsia on June 6th. I have braved my fears and hesitation to host our own local event, which I am incredibly excited for. Even if you can't make it with us that day, you can walk where ever you are or even virtually with us. Please consider making a donation to help find a cure. To register or make a donation, visit:
Wausau Preeclampsia Awareness Walk
I know times are lean for many, but even $5 makes a difference. In honor of my children and those fellow preeclampsia survivors, some who experienced unimaginable heartbreak. Thank you.
Denise & Family
Our Preeclampsia Babies
My fellow PE bloggers:
A Little Pregnant
My Miracle Boys
Baby Tea Leaves
Gilded In Grace
Bubbles & Ducks
House of Tafka
In The Eyes of a Survivor
Life Death Preeclampsia
Our Life in Holland
Life Without Ellie
Mothers Who Write
My Journey to Myles and Beyond
Mom of 2 Girls
Why I Failed Math
Dead Baby Jokes
Growing With Micro-Preemie Challenges
* If I missed anyone, let me know.