Nicole Tagalk | Team SJ (Tagalk)

I had only heard of preeclampsia one time before I got pregnant from a close friend who had preeclampsia. I became pregnant with our first child (SJ) shortly after we got married. Our Doctor never mentioned preeclampsia to me. I had a fairly easy and normal and healthy pregnancy up until 27 weeks. I started to feel like I had the flu. Symptoms got worse and resulted in me going to the ER about 29 weeks where we learned I had preeclampsia and HELLP. We also found out our baby had passed. Labor was induced and our son was stillborn. He was 2.9 lbs and 19 inches long.
I ended up on magnesium to prevent seizures and spent about 10 days in the hospital.
Recovery was difficult. I had blurred vision which caused difficulty walking. I was extremely swollen which made doing almost anything painful. I was on blood pressure medication for several months. My thoughts were fuzzy. And the grief that ensued was just about unbearable.
We became pregnant again May 2016. We had done a lot of research on preeclampsia and consulted with a maternal fetal specialist. We followed their orders and were closely followed by our new OB. This pregnancy was also normal and healthy up to 36 weeks. Protein showed up on my urine test and I was admitted to the hospital the same day. I was put on bed rest and monitored closely. I was induced at 37 weeks and had a healthy baby girl (Ellie). She just turned One in Jan.

I believe that our second pregnancy had a positive outcome because I knew the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia. I knew what to look for and I knew to advocate for myself and Baby.

Thank you for visiting my 2018 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia fundraising page.

 We are SO grateful for your donations and for your help in spreading the word about preeclampsia. Our goal is to help our community raise funds and awareness and save the lives of moms and babies!

We are thankful for your donations which support our efforts to fund education and research into this life-threatening disorder of pregnancy.

Funds raised: $2,440 of $3,000
90 percent raised


Thank you donors
Alexandra Deal : $50
Evdoxia Georgakopoulos : $100
Sorry we're late to donating #werunongreektime Good luck tomorrow. We will be thinking of y'all! We love you guys! Love, Kostas & Evie
Kelly Khoutsavanh : $40
Love you guys! ??
Jerry Khoutsavanh : $30
Remembering SJ, god bless and love you guys
Laura Hannah : $100
Ashley Puckett : $50
We love y’all!!
Samantha Didio : $25
Tyler McHone : $50
Remembering SJ!!
Mary Margaret Hester : $25
William Federal
We love y’all! - Alex, Tiz and Charlie
Matthew Simmons
Jayne, Everette and I love you guys so much and wish we could be there in person to support such a great cause. SJ was instantly loved by so many and will forever be in our hearts.
Julie Hinson
We love you!
Linda Wood : $100
So proud of your strength and your continued love and support for this dreadful condition. All our love, Linda and Keith Wood
Sarah Linker : $20
We're so happy to donate to such a wonderful foundation and event!
Ryan Wilkie
Jenna Baker
Remembering SJ and you both this weekend. Love to you all!
Jennifer Petty : $50
Remembering SJ and sending our love and support to your family and so many others. -The Pettys-
Rhonda Schofield : $100
Roland Johnson
Anonymous : $25
Charlene Evans : $25
Terry Shook : $50
This is going for a good cause and I'm glad I could help. I love you and your family Nicole.
Meredith Spivak
Thanks for sharing your journey! So much love for your family <3
Lyndsay Nash
Thank You so much for bringing more awareness to everyone! Please keep sharing. All of your family is in my prayers.
Molly Miller : $50
Happy to support our brave friends. I've personally learned so much through you so thank you! And, Happy 1st Birthday Ellie!
Kyle Compton
Martha Parrish : $1,000
Sending all the love and support we can!! Love love love!

The Preeclampsia Foundation would like to thank its generous National Sponsors: