Thank you for visiting our team page! We are excited to "make strides and deliver hope" for families affected by preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
The Promise Walk is near and dear to our hearts because of the trauma HELLP syndrome inflicted on us when Avery was born. Severe Pre-eclampsia restricted Avery's blood and oxygen supply in the womb, which is why she was so tiny (3lbs 13oz). We had some very scary moments leading up to her emergency c-section when her heart rate dropped so dramatically they could no longer find her with the doppler. It wreaked havoc on my body as well, damaging my liver and kidneys, causing massive internal hemorrhaging, affecting my lungs, heart, brain and vision. I had to be transferred by care-flight to a larger hospital, leaving my tiny little one fighting her way in the NICU alone. I'm so grateful Landon was the rock who held us together and watched over both of us during this scary time. After many CT scans, blood transfusions, steroids, medications and nights in ICU, Avery and I were finally well enough to be reunited after about a week. We are the lucky ones because we survived.
Now we are so excited to welcome a new baby girl - Annabel Scarlett - to our family, due in July. We know that we have been blessed with another "little miracle" and hope she will have the same tenacity and fighting spirit as her big sister. This time though, we know the mountain that we are facing with her upcoming birth. We know that we are high risk for developing pre-eclampsia and/or HELLP syndrome again and we are working with a great team of doctors to do everything we can to prevent it this time. The efforts of the Pre-eclampsia Foundation through The Promise Walk have given us hope that we can do this. Because of their groundbreaking research, I've been on a protocol of medications that may help keep me and Annabel healthy through this pregnancy. The work they are doing is so important and life-saving. My hope and prayer is that by the time my girls are old enough to have children of their own, there will be a more accurate screening test for those at high risk, better awareness across the medical community, and maybe even a cure that doesn't compromise the health of mama or baby. This is why we walk.
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