The dream of thanks.
Organized by: Melissa Barnes
Before Henry entered this world he had to overcome the almost impossible. After giving birth to my daughter Chloe, I had an IUD placed for birth control. Although the IUD placement was done correctly, it failed. As a result I became pregnant with Henry and his identical twin Kalel. We were thrilled when (at 20 weeks gestation) we found out that we were having twin boys. The excitement was short lived when our twin boys were given a 30/70 chance of survival due to a condition called mono amniotic "mono" twins. My husband and I were suddenly facing a world of uncertainty and choices that are impossible to any parent. As we traveled to three Different hospitals looking for the best outcome for our twin boys, we were met with doctors that had never cared for a "momo" pregnancy. Our lives were becoming a living nightmare. Tragically at 23 weeks gestation we lost one of our twin boys. After the loss of Kalel we were bounced around from hospitals to doctors offices until at 30 weeks (10 weeks early) Henry entered the world. Weighing in at 2lbs at birth, he spent the next month of his life in the NICU. Today Henry is just 2 months shy of his second birthday. Physically healthy but mentally delayed. He is nonverbal and autistic. He will face a life of challenges and have to endure "mean kids on the playground" while he struggles with social skills and trying to conform to society's "norm." As Henry grows and discovers more of who he is, my husband and I will always incourage him to be nothing more than who he is, a little boy who overcame death before he was born. He will always be perfect just the way God made him. During the several months that we were going through this hell our lives stopped. At home we had three other children. Ethan 11, Lydia 10 and Chloe. Chloe was only 6 months old when I found out I was pregnant again. Life was spinning us out of control and I had responsibilities at home. My husband had the responsibility of a job that paid for our home and family. But suddenly our lives were spinning. We were spinning so hard and fast that we fell. We fell hard. It was by the grace of God that Angels were sent to pick up our lives. Those Angels, our families, dropped everything to help us. From planning Kalels funeral to making sure our kids had baskets full of candy on Easter morning - our angels saved us. Now we would like to thank our angels, our families. A very overdue thank you. We would LOVE to pay for our families to travel to Disney World for Henry's 2 year birthday celebration. Please consider donating to a perfect we to say Happy Birtahday to my brave boy and Thank you to our families that carried us through a horrible experience. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.