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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Capture Your Grief-Day 3. In Honour.

Day 3 – IN HONOUR Who are you doing this project in loving memory of? Share their name. Share their story. Share who they are to you. This is a time to shine a light on your children and tell the world about them. Honour them beautifully. A lovely idea is to create an acrostic poem with your children’s names (a word for each letter of their name) If you didn’t name your babies, you can still share your experience. What were your hopes and dreams for them? How has this experience changed you as a person? Share as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. 

I'm doing this project in memory of my son Gage.  Gage died unexpectedly at the young age of 3 days and we were told it was a classic case of SIDS.  You can find his story on this blog. The only way that I have been able to continue living is by keeping his memory alive and honoring him through the non profit organization we started in his memory, GAGE. He is just that....God's Angel Gone Early.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Capture Your Grief-Day 2. Intention

Day 2 – INTENTION Set yourself a new intention to inspire your next path in grief and healing. It might be to live your life with more kindness or maybe you might intend to live your life more wholeheartedly in honour of your children. Spend some time with this one. Go and get some fresh air. What is it that you want out of this project? Whatever your new intention is, write it down with the words “I intend to ……………. in honour of my precious child/ren ……………..”

I intend to live life fully with no regrets.  Life after the death of my child has been anything but easy. A part of me died that day and I have struggled with living my life to the fullest ever since. I often wish that I could join Gage and give up on this life but I know that is not the answer.  I made a decision after his death that I would not let fear run my life.  It has been difficult to do but I have been blessed because of this decision. I know that Gage wants me to be happy and to live the rest of my life here on earth fully and with no regrets. This is my intention along with honoring and remembering my sweet baby boy. #captureyourgrief #whathealsyourheart

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. We will share new guest posts throughout the month. I will also be participating in the Capture Your Grief project again this year. The details for the project can be found here http://carlymarieprojectheal.com/capture-your-grief-2015.

Capture Your Grief-Day 1. Sunrise

Day 1 – SUNRISE Let us celebrate the beginning of this healing month by waking up early to watch the sunrise wherever we in the world. This will be a beautifully, poignant way for us all to feel connected and energized for the month ahead. When you go outside to watch the sunrise this morning, don’t just snap a picture and upload it right there on the spot. Make yourself a nice cup of tea and sit down to breathe in the fresh air, the scent of the new morning and all of the colors and sounds as they transform around you. Take some time to breathe the sunrise in.  Spend some time reflecting upon your children and your journey so far. If there is no visible sunrise in your part of the world because of the weather, that is okay, this is life and nature, and it really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you take the time out of your day to be with us all in spirit and make space for a new beginning. Take a photo of your surroundings, no matter what the weather is like, don’t visit google to use a more pretty sunrise picture. This is about you and the place where you are right now. If you share your photo online make sure you write what State/Country you are in and the time of the sunrise. You can google the sunrise time in your part of the world and set your alarm if you are a sleepy head like me. Send some love out to everyone else in the world who is grieving the death of a child and remember those gone before us who were made to grieve in silence. We honour these people too.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

3 years....

I can't believe 3 years have passed since I woke up to find my baby lifeless.  I have relived that morning over and over in my mind.  I'm afraid of forgetting any detail that relates to Gage because 3 days wasn't long enough with him.  I miss him more than ever and constantly wonder what he would look like or what his personality would be like.  I also know that nothing I can or would have done can bring him back.  I'm grateful to know that he is in a better place and that one day we will be reunited.  Today, I spent the afternoon with my family putting together kits that will be donated to local hospitals to give to other families who lose their infant(s).  I continue to be so thankful to all of you who have helped me make this organization a success.  I will forever be grateful for your countless hours spent sewing, money donated, and overall support which helps me give Gage's life purpose and honor his memory. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy 3rd Birthday Gage

I can't believe Gage would be 3 today. This time of year always brings about so many emotions. We choose to celebrate his life and have spent the last several days "celebrating" in California. Another way that we remember Gage is by continuing to make and donate more kits. We were given such a wonderful gift this year.....a very generous donation that will help us make and donate a very large number of kits. I'm excited to get home and get kits donated. We continue to be grateful for all the love and support that we have received and continue to receive on this journey. Happy Birthday baby boy, I can't wait for the day that we celebrate this day together.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Guest Post: Cindy

Today we are lucky enough to have Cindy with us Guest Posting from Strollin' to Fight SIDS - she is an amazing person who was willing to share with us all her story. Please take a moment to read this post, visit her site,  and feel free to leave comments in response on our Facebook page

In October of 2011 my family received an unexpected surprise: A positive pregnancy test. Our youngest daughter was only
10 months old, and as a full time working mom of two girls under 5 years old, I was not sure about how to handle this news. As the months went by, we learned that I was expecting our third daughter. By the time she was born, on June 21, 2012, we were determined to accept the chaos that three children under 5 would bring. The second she arrived, we were in love. Anneliese Marie Reher was the picture of health, weighing in at 7 pounds 5 oz, and 18.5 inches long.

Before Anneliese was even born, I felt a deep, nagging fear of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. As a seasoned mom, I should have felt more confident in the survival of my third child, not less so. Before she was even born, I remember perusing the internet as if I could “find” the way to avoid SIDS. After her birth, I still felt this fear, but I pushed it aside. I had always been one to follow all the Safe Sleep guidelines, almost obsessively so, and I continued to do so with Anneliese. Anneliese’s crib was always bare and boring: completely empty except for our bundle of joy. No blankets, no bumpers, no stuffed animals. Anneliese had started to roll from back to front, and front to back, and so we had stopped swaddling, in case she rolled in the night, so she would be able to right herself. Although she was rolling, it was not consistent, and the rolling episodes were few and far between. She was exclusively breastfed, current on vaccinations, the room was kept cool, and she slept with a pacifier. I am a stickler for the rules.

Before she died, I remember one day in particular. I was talking to my dear friend on the phone about how my parents were pressuring my husband and I to consider a permanent end to our fertility: a vasectomy. I was telling her how I had prayed about this, and that I felt it was wrong. I then told her that I was terrified of SIDS with Anneliese, and that I couldn’t consider anything permanent until she reached 1 year of age. I told my friend that I knew I could never replace her, but that I would want the chance to have another if she died. I was that fearful of SIDS. Now, looking back on it, I think God was preparing me for what was to come.

On October 27, 2012, I breastfed Anneliese in the morning, and then headed to the local Kid’s consignment sale to purchase early Christmas gifts for the girls. While I was gone, my husband tried to get Anneliese to sleep in the swing in the living room, where she often napped due to her reflux, as the swing allowed her to sleep elevated. But she would not sleep there, and was very agitated that day, so my husband put her in her crib in our room, on her back to sleep, for her afternoon nap. When I got home after the sale, I was exhausted. Unbeknownst to me at that time, I was already feeling ill and exhausted from the effects of yet diagnosed postpartum thyroid inflammation, and thyroid cancer. I fell asleep on the sofa, and later awoke to wonder why Anneliese had not awoken ready for a feeding. I went into our room, and the nightmare that I saw that day will replay in my mind forever and ever. Our sweet Anneliese was gone. During her nap, she had rolled from her back, to her stomach, with her head to the side, and departed this world, into the loving arms of Jesus.

My pediatrician had always told us not to worry when babies start rolling from stomach to back; that there was nothing that you could do to prevent them from rolling and that by that time their neck strength was such that everything should be ok. Even though we followed all the safe sleep rules, my husband and I could not stop Anneliese from rolling into an “unsafe” sleep position herself. The day she died was the first and last time that she rolled during a nap. How is anyone to prevent their baby from rolling? How many times, as babies, did my older daughters do the same, and yet they never died?

Soon after her death, a friend who I had not seen for 16 years saw my post on Facebook about Anneliese. She came to me, and told me that she had had a dream, that she was meant to help me start a SIDS charity walk in the Seattle area, and that we would call it Strollin’ to Fight SIDS. She told me that she felt lead by God to be there for me, and to help make it happen. Initially, I have to admit, that I was skeptical that we could make it happen. In addition to planning a major event, I also had received the news that I had papillary thyroid carcinoma. The most miraculous thing is that Anneliese’s
very birth saved my life. Not only did she save me spiritually, by drawing me closer to my faith, and the knowledge that I would see her again, but she saved my physical body too. Her “unplanned” June birth set off inflammation within my thyroid gland, which allowed the cancer to be found. If I had not given birth, my cancer would never have been discovered. Less than 1 month after her birth, I was at Swedish hospital for surgery, and in January of 2013 I had chemotherapy, which required that I be isolated from my two living daughters for over a week.

Not only did I battle cancer, and win while grieving the loss of Anneliese, but my friend and I made our dream a reality. The first annual Strollin’ to Fight SIDS took place June 2013, and we are scheduled for our third annual event June 2015! We have raised over $22,000 dollars for SIDS research via The CJ Foundation for SIDS through our events. We also hold various small online fundraisers on our Facebook page throughout the year for The CJ Foundation for SIDS, as well as Dr. Hannah Kinney’s SIDS research at Boston Children’s Hospital.

As a medical professional and a mother of a child lost to SIDS, I am passionate about supporting research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Something must be medically wrong for our babies to die. Safe sleep was simply not enough to save my daughter. Although we will always miss her sweet smiles, and bubbly personality, it comforts us a bit to know that we are doing what we can to try to stop SIDS from affecting other families ever again.

Find us online at: www.strollintofightsids.org

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Guest Post: Yanet

Today we are lucky enough to have Yanet with us Guest Posting from the Tuts for Tre - she is an amazing person who was willing to share with us all her story. Please take a moment to read her post, visit her site, and feel free to leave comments in response on our Facebook page

Hello, I am Baby Tre's Mommy. Baby Tre passed away Nov. 13, 2012 after fighting to survive before he was even born. He was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus around 27 weeks via ultrasound during my pregnancy. Baby Tre was born at 35 weeks and was later diagnosed legally blind (Morning Glory Syndrome), was put on a 23 hour feeding tube, Epilepsy, West Syndrome, Scoliosis, Moebius Syndrome (inability to smile, show any facial expressions). He passed away at home in my arms on Hospice. He was 14 months old.

In his honor I started Tüts for Tre. We make Tutus for Princess who fight to survive and Princesses in Heaven for FREE. We have mailed a few around the world including England, Africa, New Zealand & Canada.

If you are interested in receiving one send us a message on Tüts for Tre and request to get required info. We would love to make a Princess or a Grieving Mother SMILE!! 

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