Thursday, October 28, 2010

Story of HOPE
Karen ~ Nursing Student
Mommy to Mason Maxwell 
Dec 9 2009 - May 27 2010
My 28 weaker passed at six months after many premature complications.  I am a nursing student now, hoping to one day make a difference in the NICU.  It has helped me understand that many families go through what I did, and unfortunately many babies are born in need of NICU attention. 
I hope to one day bring hope to all parents with sick babies just like I was given hope the whole six months my baby was alive and in the NICU.  In the meantime, I’m volunteering at the NICU's in my area and help with making 'threads of love for the babies.'  Threads of love can be anything that is sown by a volunteer. Whether it's a threaded hat, a threaded blanket, or a lovey (little dolls).  In the NICU it is important to keep a parents scent with the baby ~ these loveys are placed in the baby's incubator.

My inspiration was loud and clear.  I was my babies biggest advocate, doctors listened to my ideas and concerns. They knew how to handle things medically but no one knew my baby like I knew him.  I knew what worked more for him and what made him more comfortable.  I was also really involved in his medical care which inspired me to finally do something.
It has only been 4 months since Mason passed away.  As of yet I have experienced no roadblocks and am thankful that nothing has gotten in the way.  I am determined to not let anything between me and the NICU.  I will be there helping those babies no matter what it takes.  I promised my son and I really believe this is my destiny.
I have made friends from all over the world who have experienced a loss just like I have.  I have helped them get through this experience by sending positivity there way.  One day I hope to make a difference in helping to save some of these NICU babies. 
I have been impacted by all the groups there are on facebook and dedicated to parents who have lost a child.  I plan to start something similar in honor of my son.
A phrase that I would like to share that has helped me is:
“God give me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.”


Franchesca said...

I love your passion and pray you achieve your dream of working in the NICU. I have heard that quote before but forgot all about it. Thank you for sharing it.

love and peace

Dana Lyn said...

You have inspired and encouraged me in the short time we've known each other. I pray for you daily and am happy to know that Rebecca and Mason have brought us together. Love from the east coast ;) <3

Karen said...

Thank you, I believe that with love and dedication we can accomplish anything. I love your work by the way. I am planning to put my deposit in tommorow to Start on my blog =)

Megan said...

My sister-in-law also decided to go back to school to become a NICU nurse following the loss of my daughter/her niece. One of my daughter's NICU nurses was a baby loss dad himself. I will be hoping and praying for you and my sister-in-law to achieve your dreams. May the two of you and many other future NICU nurses help the families who unfortunately will have sick children and/or baby losses in the future. I just want to say thank you.

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