Thank you for visiting my 2018 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia fundraising page.
In 2017 I had 2 babies, 5 surgeries, spent 3 months in the hospital, became a Type 1 Diabetic, relearned how to walk and became a HELLP syndrome survivor.
On 1/17/2017 I became a mother and I brought two beautiful babies (Lukas & Sorana) into this world.
Being my first pregnancy I didn't really know what to expect and for the most part everything went as normal, or as normal as you can expect carrying twins. It wasn't an easy pregnancy, but it was such a joy to experience all the changes and I loved seeing my belly grow. Around December 2016, is when the pregnancy began to take a turn for the worst. I was having abnormal swelling and my labs were showing that my pregnancy was not going as smooth as we thought it was. I began to have slightly elevated blood pressure and my blood platelets began to drop. My Dr. had a hunch something was off, however I wasn't fully upfront with my symptoms so she was monitoring me closely and asked me to be on modified bed rest. Then as the days went on, the pregnancy got harder and my symptoms got worse. I had upper abdominal pain (under right rib), awful indigestion, I didn't eat, my swelling was out of control, I would sleep all day long because I was exhausted.
In January I noticed decreased movement from Sorana and my gut feeling was not good. So I went in to check it out and that day I was rushed off for an emergency C-Section. Fortunately I went in when I did because my daughters sac was separating from the placenta. The babies were immediately rushed off to the NICU and monitored. Lukas spent 3 weeks developing his Lungs and gaining weight and Sorana spent 4 weeks in the NICU. Sorana suffered the most damage due to HELLP, as she was born having seizures due to lack of oxygen in utero. The right side of her brain was completely unresponsive and her outcome was not good. Day by day she showed her fighting spirit and her perseverance and today she is doing things that Dr.'s said she wouldn't.
I however, after delivery, went immediately into the ICU, then my organs began shutting down (liver, kidney and lungs) and I was placed in a medically induced coma. My outcome was unknown and my family was told to pray for the best as it wasn't looking good at all. Finally a week and a half later I came through. I suffered major damage internally, externally, emotionally and mentally. After the babies went home, I stayed behind in the hospital for another week. The recovery for me has been a very long journey as after my initial 5 week hospital stay I was hospitalized 3 more times and had other surgeries from infection due to HELLP. I now have necrotizing chronic pancreatitis, I am a Type 1 Diabetic and I still have some issues with veins that are holding steady for now.
I am so grateful that me and my babies are here today. And our life mission is to raise awareness of this awful disorder.
I am grateful for your donations and for your help in spreading the word about preeclampsia & HELLP. My goal is to help our community raise funds and awareness and save the lives of moms and babies!
Please make a donation to support our efforts to fund education and research into this life-threatening disorder of pregnancy.