It has been over two years since I have really visited my blog. I just felt like it was time to post SOMETHING. Matthew would have been 3 1/2 years old now. I feels strange, yet comfortable, to be here on Blogger. It's like having a special memory at a place, and going back and re-visiting years later. Those memories feel so fresh but are also so far away.
I have been recovering well in my grief. I will never be the same person I was before, and have not yet had any more children. Being able to help other moms is such a great outlet for me. The non-profit that I started in his memory, Cherishing the Journey (www.cherishingthejourney.org), is thriving very well. We are donating memory boxes to six hospitals now, are partnered with an ultrasound company that provides free 4d ultrasounds to moms who are carrying to term, have a Mommy Match program, and more. I would have never thought all of this would have happened four years ago. I was just going day-by-day.
We are having our 2nd Annual Walk to Remember on Florida's east coast this month, and I am excited to continue to be a resource for those in our area.
Until next time, Jennifer
Our son, Matthew, was diagnosed at the beginning of the second trimester with PUV- Posterior Urethral Valves which affects 1 in 8,000-10,000 boys. It is a blockage that prevents him from peeing, causing his bladder to fill up and the urine to back up into his ureters and kidneys. It can be fatal if not treated by in-utero surgery, which we were not a candidate for. PUV also causes extremely low amniotic fluid levels around the baby, called Olighydramnios, which put the lungs at risk. Matthew was born and went to be with the Lord on March 8th, 2009.
To read our story from the beginning, click here and start from the bottom.