Thank you so much, from the very bottom of my heart, for visiting my personal Promise Walk Page. As the 2018 Promise Walk Chair for Philadelphia and South Jersey, I get to work with an amazing group of strong women who have been impacted by both preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome in some of the most tragic ways. Together we hope to bring not only a day of fun, celebration, and honor, but also a year long feeling of community.
As Tim, Jackson, and Edith and I walk this year, we remember (vividly) how we were introduced to preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome and while we celebrate the lived of both Vincent and Jackson, we think about all that has been lost due to these life changing conditions. We walk in remembrance of all of those mothers and babies who have lost their lives to HELLP Syndrome and preeclampsia as well as to honor all of those tiny fighters (like Jackson) and strong mommas who have survived.
The Promise Walk means a lot to me. Every year I look forward to being there and feeling the tie I have to all of these other women and family members who have some idea about what has happened in my life to make me who I am today. I look forward, with tears in my eyes, to hearing Vincent's name read aloud as we remember those who are not with us today. I look forward to an event that is supported by my family and friends alike, and I cannot express enough how much it means to me when all of you special people acknowledge the cause we are supporting and especially when you choose to support it yourself.
This will be the fourth Promise Walk that we will be attending and I am so excited to be playing such an active role in planning. I knew about the walk after we lost Vincent, but I couldn't bring myself to sign up and attend. It was all just too fresh. The first year we walked, I held Jackson in my arms (he was 6 months old) and silently cried as they read Vincent's name. Two years ago I found it somewhat easier to hear his name yet I felt so apprehensive, knowing I was carrying Edith and I was just 27 weeks. I felt that at any time I could get sick (and I had some pretty bad pain, so I didn't know how the heck I was going to walk 3 miles...thank goodness it was raining and they shortened it. lol). Last year was such a different experience having both of my kids there and knowing that we would never have to deal with HELLP or preeclampsia again. Each year I don't know how I will feel, but I know that I look forward to having the opportunity to be the face of something big and to represent such an amazing cause.
Please, help me reach my ultimate goal of $1000 raised. Also, if you know anyone who has been affected by preeclampsia and/or HELLP Syndrome, please enourage them to participate in the walk, visit our facebook page, and share their story. Every person who reads a story is one more person who learns what preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome are!