Thank you for visiting my 2018 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia fundraising page.
In July of 2000 I was 23 and anxiously awaiting the arrival of my first child. After one appointment, I was told my blood pressure was a little high and that I should “take it easy” and stay off my feet as much as possible. A few days later I was in the hospital on IV magnesium to lower my blood pressure. My baby was lost due to a full placental abruption and I was at risk for a stroke or heart attack. At the time, the word “preeclampsia” was never said in my presence. I know now that I had a severe case. I’ve had it two more times, though, happily, those pregnancies had happy endings. Josh is now eleven and Henry is seven. Both were induced early as my blood pressure and chemical markers climbed.
My firstborn, Galen, would turn 18 on July 21, 2018. Not a day goes by that I don’t wonder what could have been. And I will never stop fighting to ensure that no more mothers leave the hospital empty handed and that no more babies are forced to grow up without their mother.
I am grateful for your donations and for your help in spreading the word about preeclampsia. 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.