My name is Maryann aka Grandma Mary. This will be my second Share Union. I attended my first two years ago. It was SO wonderful to finally meet so many of those who I came to know through this site. I have five granddaughters, including our angel Braelynn and one grandson.
I found Share Your Story after my daughter gave birth June 2, 2010 to twins at 28 weeks. My granddaughter Braelynn Nicole passed away the next day, a half hour after the doctor said she was doing better than her brother AJ. Even after an autopsy, we have no idea why she died. AJ spent a rocky 11 weeks in the NICU, and today is a healthy, happy, outgoing little guy. My niece also has an angel. Kaleb was still born 21 years ago due to a blood clot in the umbilical cord.
Even though it was beyond difficult to watch my granddaughter die in my daughter's arms I am so thankful I was there at the worst moment of her life. Afterwards, I felt like I was grieving for two, my granddaughter and the hopes and dreams that were shattered for my daughter. Share Your Story helped me not only with the death of Braelynn, but also with supporting my daughter Bethany.
I am looking forward to reconnecting with those I know and meeting others who I may not.