Last night we celebrated the end of a second season of high school swim for Hanna at her awards banquet. It's a fun night hearing about each of the girls' accomplishments over the course of the season.
Sitting at the banquet (or any other ceremony similar to this) I always find myself reflecting on where our girls' lives started and just how far they have come.
In February 2001 I was barely 5 months pregnant, beginning to get that baby bump I was so excited to see and having those first kicks from my babies inside when I suffered Premature Rupture of the Membranes. Hanna and Rachel were born 2 weeks later at 25 weeks gestation. At birth the girls required a ventilator to breath for them, a multitude of medications for their heart and lungs and IV nutrition to sustain life. We didn't know if they would survive their first weeks of life. And the possibility of long term complications very high. The girls endured 12 weeks in the NICU before being discharged to home with an Apnea Monitor and on a long list of medications for breathing and nutrition. Hanna suffered with breathing complications for her first 5 years and is diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Alopecia. Rachel has struggled with developmental delays and is diagnosed with Autism, as well as ADHD and an Anxiety disorder.
Today Hanna and Rachel are 15 years old, sophomores in high school and thriving. They are both excellent students. Hanna plays 2 sports and is learning to drive. Rachel is a talented sketch artist and participates in the school's art club.
We know without any doubt that if not for the March of Dimes our girls wouldn't have survived their early birth, nor would they be doing as well as they are. The research and advancements that the March of Dimes has done and continues to do has a real impact on the lives of babies and families.
Thank you to the March of Dimes! We will be forever grateful for what you have done for our family.
<3 you and your Family! The work you and your family continue to do is inspiring.
Love the pictures! Your girls are so beautiful. Thank you, as always, for sharing their stories, your time, and talents with us.
Thank you Karri for sharing your girls' story and your experiences on Share. Your commitment to the March of Dimes is inspiring and filled with so much love:) Way to go Team Tiny Feet!
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