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Jase's Journey

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THE STORY:

On August 1st, my son Jase gave me quite the scare. My amniotic sac had begun to leak. Jase was coming. But the problem was, Jase was not due until late November. Now, I knew babies could be born premature, but I did not realize HOW early babies could be born and given a likely chance for survival. MicroPreemie was not even in my vocabulary until now of course. A week later, Jase was born on August 9th, 2014 at 6:47 a.m. at a whopping 1lb 8oz at 24 weeks gestation. Though the hospital staff had warned me of what was to come with Jase, I could not help but be frightened. There were to be many trials and tribulations with him being born so early. Within 2 days of me being discharged from the hospital, his father and I had been contacted by families who had been, or were currently still in situations like us. One in particular was Pierce's parents, Lindsay and Nik Franks. The owners of Pierce's project. Lindsay had Pierce in 2011, and with that she documented/blogged her entire journey. I am thankful for that. It really helps to read and hear that you're not alone in your feelings. Her one post "A letter to the new NICU Mom" really hit home. It hit home pretty hard actually. And from there I knew that all the families I had met, I had made friends for a life time. Pierce's Project gave us the financial and emotional support we needed during our 163 day/night stay at the NICU. Pierce's project provided us with food, gas, and support groups that met every week throughout the year. Every month, they would bring in a NICU vet, to help give our families hope. With all of that, I would love to help support other families going through the same thing every day, and keep the good feelings and support going. So my dear friends and family, I know you have helped us a lot financially as well. I am hoping you can share your kindness with others, as they embark on a journey very similar to Jase's and Pierce's. Any amount you could supply is greatly appreciated, just as you are. Thank you!

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