I'm assuming that everyone knows my story. This year, Timothy, Jackson, Edith and I are walking as a family. Incomplete as it may be (since we'll never have Vincent here with us), we are walking 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 third Promise Walk that we will be attending. 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. Last year 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). 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. I would certainly love to be able to say I've made it 3 years in a row.