Almost 6 years ago I felt like my life was coming full circle. I just received my Associates Degree, moved into my first home and just had the trip of a lifetime in Bahamas. Single life was good.
Fast forward six months the blessed news that landed in my lap was breathtaking. At age 35 I was finally going to be a mommy! My family was elated, especially since I'm the oldest grandchild but the only one without kids. I was a textbook patient, I mean I could of literally taught a class on how to be a model patient. It was an difficult pregnancy but by the grace of God we made it to 27 weeks.
I welcomed my greatest accomplishment, Zacc, on August 5, 2011. He was amazing coming in at one pound and ten ounces, and a mighty thirteen inches long. Zacc was given Surfactant at birth to help with maturity of his lungs. At about 4 days old he underwent a procedure to correct a perforation in his bowel and a PDA ligation to repair the hole in his heart at two weeks old. I was lucky that we had a private pod so I just slept in the recliner in his room. The nurses were awesome at letting me do most of his care, bathes, feeding and when he received his trach they taught me trach care. They tried to wean him off the vent but he didn't do well. I met so many parents that were experiencing the same thing I was, a rollercoaster of emotions. It's so hard seeing so many tiny new lives fighting so hard to exist.
When Zacc was four and a half months he showed signs of ROP in his left eye and that required surgery. About a week out from turning six months old Zacc took a turn for the worse and this time he was just too tired fight. So on January 29th, 2012, sixty plus family members were in the NICU to say their final farewell to their Wee Warrior, Lil Zacc.
Zacc was my only live birth and emotionally I was truly numb after his passing. About a month after he left me I remembered that each year the company I worked for, Citigroup, raised money for the March of Dimes. That's it! I'll keep his memory and legacy alive by saving other babies and supporting other families.
My family was so excited to help and with only two months to fundraise our first year we were the #4 family team in The Greater Kentuckiana Chapter! Raising money for medical advances in prematurity, infant mortality and birth defects is kind of like the same feeling a parent would get when their child is playing a sport and at the last minute they make the winning goal. It's such a rush and a since of gratitude to see all of the miracle babies that you help.As I was signing up my first year, I didn't know what I was doing so I was just randomly clicking on links on the website. What did I stumble upon? A group of parents that truly saved my life. Shareyourstory.org was truly God sent. I begin to read the blogs and I could relate with so many different stories and the ones I couldn't relate to I emphasized with them greatly. Never laying a eye on these women, they became my most important support system. One of our many sayings is "We just get it."
My mission now is too support as many families as I can to make sure that one day all babies will be born healthy. Won't you help us?
Zacc is truly making a difference for so many families through you, his amazing mom. Good luck with your fundraising this year. Go Team Zacc!
Thank you for sharing your story about why you walk. So sorry for the loss of Zacc. That is so awesome that your team raises so much money for March of Dimes, way to go!
Nesha, thank you for sharing your story of your Zacc and why you walk. You are helping so many other families with your words and support. I feel the same way about Share and I'm so glad that I got to meet you in person:) Good luck with fundraising this season and thank you for all that you do for MOD.
You found Share the same way I did. I can't imagine what life would be like without you all. Thank you for sharing your story and why you walk. Good luck with your fundraising this year. Hugs. Nicki
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