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Today is World Prematurity Day, and I am honoured to be taking part in the blogging event along with Bloggers Unite & March Of Dimes. Today I’m going to be writing about a close friend whom some of my readers will be aware of. If you don’t already read her blog, I highly recommend doing so.
Before I started thinking about TTC, and started using the Conception & Fertility boards of the forum I was a member of at the time, although I was aware of prematurity, I didn’t really ‘know’ anybody who had been through it. That was, until I started following Kylie from Not Even A Bag Of Sugar‘s story. Her little boy Joseph was born in 2009 at just 27 weeks gestation, when she developed pre-eclampsia, which can be life-threatening for both mother & baby. I wasn’t really familiar with her as we were married at different times and she had been TTC before me, so I hadn’t really been on the boards she used at the same time. Until, I saw somewhere else, either on my Facebook or on the forum, about a comment that was made that was quite upsetting, and I decided to go and have a look. From here I came across a couple of videos which she has posted, of little Joseph. So very emotional, but I was immediately drawn in to this gorgeous little boy’s story, and Kylie’s story. I didn’t really know anything about the traumatic birth at the time, as like I say I hadn’t been aware, so can’t really write much about that, but have since read her birth story on her blog. Every time I read it I am in tears. From then I followed from ‘afar’ you could say, on the forum, until we became friends on Facebook, and followed her story and journey from then on. It has been amazing watching Joseph grow into the beautiful little boy he is today, he has come on in leaps and bounds and is a very strong, intelligent little man, and I love hearing all about him.
Since then, Kylie & I have become very close friends, and no matter what she has been going through, she has been there for me all through my journey and battling infertility, and I am so very thankful to her. She is a complete inspiration to me, and many others, and I would say I hope I have the honour of meeting her in person one day, but that has already been accomplished, and again next week, which I am very excited about to see her and Joseph! Nowadays, she does a lot of campaigning for charities such as Bliss and Tommy’s, and is famous in her own right after appearing in newspapers, on the radio, and even on TV! She is a very strong, amazing woman, who I admire greatly for all she does for others.
I am so thankful to the little birdy that woke her up from her nap, as without birdy, she or Joseph may not be here today.
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