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Smile United

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BENEFITING: Dash For Smiles

EVENT: DashforSmiles

Monica Ferrell

THE STORY:

Hello everyone! We are the Ferrell's. My husband and I met when we were in high school and we have been together for 12 years. We started our family when we were just 18 years old. We got blessed with our first child after a miscarriage in 2007. We dealt with infertility issues when we tried to have another child. In 2010 we founf out we were expecting baby #2. My husband and I had decided early in our relationship that we only wanted two childre, yet I started having seconds thoughts. I figured that if we got pregnant it would be great and if we did not that that would be okay as well. We founf out we were pregnant with baby #3 in 2014. I was so excited while my husband was still in shock. My entire pregnancy was going amazing. We already knew we were having another boy, but we were still excited for our anatomy scan. You know the day you get to see baby and find out the sex of the baby. Well that day turned into utter heartbreak for us. That is the day we were told that our precious baby boy would be born with a cleft lip and possible palate. To say that my entire world shattered in a trillion pieces is an understatement. I was devastated. I was heartbroken. I was angry. I felt guilt and did not know who to turn to for comfort as my husband was feeling just like me. I found so many support groups and the unbelievable amount of support I received during the last half of my pregnancy was amazing! Strangers guided me and helped me learn about clefts as I knew absolutely nothing. My last half of my pregnancy I researched and found a great cleft team. I googled different types of bottles and drowned myself in asking all types of questions. When Isaiah was born I saw nothing but how perfect he was! All my fears disappeared and all I could think about was just how blessed we were to be his parents. is journey was rough from day one. From feedings, to sleeping, to the stares, to watching him suffer when he had NAM adjustments. Before Zay's 1st surgery we founf out we were expecting baby #4. Chances of having another cleft baby go up to 5% after the first child. I was so afraid that we would have another cleft baby, yet I left it all in God's hands. I knew that if we could get through Zay's journey we could handle it all over again. We did a gender reveal ultrasound and during that scan I saw what looked like a cleft. I knew what I had seen could be anything, but from my experience I knew that what I had seen was indeed a cleft. Yet, I did not stress over it because we also found out we were having a baby girl! Our first daughter! During her anatomy scan her cleft lip and possible palate were confirmed. I was heartbroken once again, but I also was filled with courage and faith. She was born December of 2015. Both Zay and Yaya are past their first two surgeries, yet we will always be cleft parents. We will always worry about them and we will always pay extra attention when it comes to their repairs. This journey is a difficult journey and it is not for the weak! God gave us two amazingly perfect children and we are so blessed that we got to fall in love with not one but two perfect smiles! 


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