EMC YARD SALE
May 16, 2016
BENEFITING: Every Mother Counts
ORGANIZER: Every Mother Counts
I am running the 2016 NYC Marathon with team EVERY MOTHER COUNTS in support of maternal health around the world. Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
My daughter Dalia was born on September 16, 2014. Simply the greatest most amazing day of my life. I waited 41 years to become a mother and I was thrilled to finally be a part of the Mommy Club. We went through IVF to get pregnant. Although that process was an emotional roller-coaster without a seat belt; once pregnant I had an awesome 9 months. I felt great. And the best part was: I literally ran through my entire pregnancy. I did races wearing a yellow baby on board sign pinned on my back - like the ones you put in your car window. As runners passed me I got tons of cheers and high fives. It was awesome. I was gonna be a mom. Definitely the only times I ever enjoyed being passed in races :)
Because I was fit and active and had such a high tolerance for running pain everyone assumed my baby would pop out in minutes and I would be pushing a running stroller right out of the hospital. And I kinda believed that myself.
What a cold stinging slap to the face. Labor was 18 hours. My epidural wore off twice. I was in so much pain.
I really thought I was going to D. I. E.
I thought - WOW - I'm never going to meet this baby and I will never see my husband again. But with the help of my husband, the prayers coming from the waiting room from my family, my OB/GYN, numerous amazing nurses, and a vacuum, our beautiful Dalia was brought safely into this world.
I was released from the hospital the next day and I was scared. I couldn’t believe what my body was feeling. I felt such guilt for not living up to everyone’s expectations of popping out the baby quickly. My mind was spinning - WTF just happened? I googled articles to understand what my body and mind were going through and what I needed to do to feel better. One article lead to another and another and another. Eventually I stumbled upon Every Mother Counts ("EMC").
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1.the state of being a mother; maternity.
When I watched the video 'The Walk'- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aBo7drpQcg4 - I got completely choked up. EMC brought me to another level of motherhood and it changed my definition of motherhood.
My definition of 'motherhood': Compassion and empathy pouring out of your heart, with a lump in your throat and a pain in your gut, for any mother that suffers or struggles with any pregnancy related issues.
I had the best care and help I could wish for. A helpful and compassionate husband. Family and girlfriends that cared and talked me through so much. A wonderful doctor to help me sort through my 'WTF just happened to me questions.' Acupuncture to help me get centered again. Sunday mass to thank GOD for my family. I don’t know how I would have gotten through any of it without this support system. Trying to picture myself in the place of a woman that doesn't have these things truly makes me tear up. Imagine starting contractions and not having a ride to the hospital? Not a taxi to wave down? Not a neighbor or friend to get you to a safe place, let alone a hospital to give birth?
Every year I apply for the NYC marathon lottery and every year I get denied. This year I welcomed the denial. I was meant to run with this team and raise money to help make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.
I know last year many of you donated for my run for breast cancer. And now here I am again, asking for more moola. My goal is to raise $3500 by November 1st. So I will need to get creative to earn your hard earned lettuce. I am hoping you will lend your support no matter how big or small.
- Jimi make’s a mean empanada! Donate $30 and I will hand deliver some empanadas to you with a thank you dance!
- Jimi makes a delicioso chimichurri. We call it Jimi’s Chimi. Donate $20 and I will hand deliver a jar to you with a thank you dance!
- For anyone that doesn’t live close by, Jimi makes a deeply satisfying chocolate chip cookie. Donate $30 and I will send you cookies with a video of a thank you dance!
- I will have a New Hyde Park yard sale on May 14th and 15th and all money will go directly to my fundraising for EMC. If you have anything you would like to donate for the yard sale, awesome! And guess what?! I will do a thank you dance for you!
I usually run races for fun but for this race I will really leave it all out there. I am going to try VERY hard to have a fantastic but yet competitive race. I will really push myself. I will chronicle my training on Instagram and my fundraising page and if it Impresses you. Motivates you. Makes you say, “Gosh Darn Girl!”, please consider donating to EMC.
Together, we can make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.