My Hope for Having Children: A True Story of Love, Sacrifice, Faith, Courage and Hope
Our son Michael and daughter Elizabeth were born with some problems but they are not life threatening as was Reuben’s health conditions. Elizabeth was diagnosed with hemifacial microsomia, a facial symmetry syndrome that is rare; 1 in 500,000 babies are born with this syndrome. However, it is not life threatening because it is corrected with surgeries.
Michael came home after 18 days in the NICU on February 2, 2004. Elizabeth came home 26 days later on February 10, 2004. Our little fighter Reuben finally came home one day before my first Mother’s Day, on May 15, 2004. He was 4 months old.
Thanks to my hope, faith, courage, and all the love and support I received throughout this journey, I was able to come out of this emotional roller coaster with even more hope, strength, courage, and faith than I thought I could ever have.
Although, financially it has been very hard since it is triple the formula, triple the diapers, and triple of food, we are truly blessed to have TRIPLE the love, hugs and kisses!
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