Sharing is Difficult
Nothing about a complicated pregnancy or NICU stay is easy. From the worry and the heartache to the decisions and the waiting, sharing is hard.
Not only do people want to know what is going on with your baby, but they are constantly asking how you are doing. Most of the time, you don’t know the answers to either of those questions.
Plus, explaining complex medical procedures or bad news when you are already emotional is really hard. It hurts having to relive those moments.
How can they understand if they haven’t experience the NICU themselves?
Sometimes, it seems that sharing the good news and progress is the only thing people want to hear.
Sharing is Important
However, it’s important to share it all. The good, the bad, and all the emotions.
Not only is it a release for the parent, but it helps others better understand what NICU life is like. It can also be a beacon of hope to another person going through a similar situation. It is exactly why I started an online journal, which in turn became this blog.
When I first started my journal, I only shared with friends and family. I also only shared the facts. About 50 days into our journey, I hit a wall and need to share more. I needed to get my emotions out there, and I needed support.
I then realized I wasn’t the only one, and started my blog.
While it took her longer than 50 days, Sara wants to share her story too.
I knew early on that I wanted to reach out and help other micro preemie moms, but it took a lot of healing and forgiveness for me to feel ready to talk about it.
Today, on her amazing boy’s 3rd birthday, she is ready, and I’m so happy to be able to help her share.