Saturday, August 11, 2012

A lifelong friend...

My name is Megan and I have been an ASA for 9 years.  What ASA has done for me is provided with a lifelong friendship that is immeasurable.  

My big sis, Jodi and I
 About two years ago, I gave birth to my youngest son… 6 weeks early.  My husband and I sat in the hospital scared to death not knowing what was about to happen as a doctor stated, we have to deliver the baby for your health, but I can’t guarantee the health of your baby.   This was one of the most terrifying moments of my life.  2 hours later, I went in for a C-section and heard Noal cry as he was born.  What a great moment that was!  The next two weeks that followed were a blessing, but were some of the most difficult, because my son was here and he was alive; however, he was in the NICU and my health was still in question.  

When you see babies born on TV, you see the family, balloons and flowers that fill the room—which had been the case with the birth of my oldest son.  Our hospital room that included husband, mommy and baby was a revolving door of friends and family coming to meet our new addition.  With Noal, it wasn’t the picture perfect moment.  I couldn’t get out of bed to greet guests and with Noal in the NICU the only visitors he was allowed were mom and dad, so no one could go see our new miracle.  I could only touch my new baby through the hand holes and hadn’t even gotten to hold him in my arms.  I had been okay for awhile, but I hit a point in the hospital where I was at rock bottom.  Just in time, in walked my best friend, my big sister, Jodi.  Jodi came to see me; she was not concerned about the fact that she wouldn’t get to see the baby or that I wouldn’t be good host.  She was there to see me and to check on me and in that moment that was just what I needed-- someone to be there for me and Jodi was that person and has always been that person from the moment we met 9 years ago.  If it weren’t for ASA I wouldn’t have ever been able to meet “my person”.
Don’t be worried about us though…  About one year ago today, Jodi was there as we celebrated Noal’s first birthday and in about one month, on Noal’s 2nd birthday, I will get to celebrate with Jodi as she gets married. I am looking forward to the day I can visit the hospital after the birth of her children, to be there for her.  ASA has provided me with this lifelong friendship and for that, I am truly grateful.

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