Thursday, November 27, 2014

Carrying To Term: Thankful

By Heather Kimble

When your baby is given a fatal diagnosis and passes away, it’s hard to be thankful for anything. How is there anything to thankful for? You are experiencing a parent’s worst nightmare. 

However, after my daughter, Hannah, was given a fatal diagnosis and passed away, I learned I had something to be incredibly thankful for; I had her, even for a short time. 

I cherish every single minute Hannah was with me. I wouldn't trade that time for the world and would choose to carry her with the fatal diagnosis all over again. Her life was worth it, no matter how brief it was.  

I’m so thankful to God that I had her briefly than to never of had her at all. 

I know this doesn't take the pain away. I know this doesn't make it all ok. I know this doesn't make it fair. 

However, I also know we love our babies. I know regardless of their fatal diagnosis, our babies are perfect in our eyes. I know we wouldn't trade our babies for the world. 

I’m sorry this post isn't very long. I just wanted to share what God laid on my heart. In the midst of this Holiday season, I am thankful for my daughter and every moment I had with her. 

I also believe that those of us who carry after a fatal diagnosis and after our babies pass away; we have a deeper understanding of what it truly means to love and be thankful.

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Heather Kimble lives in the Philadelphia area. She is married to her best friend, Jason and is mommy to Hannah Sue Kimble. Hannah is her only child. Heather carried Hannah after receiving a fatal diagnosis and was told to terminate. Heather was told to terminate based on the serious risk to her own personal health. She doesn't believe in termination and chose to carry Hannah with love. Hannah passed away and was born sleeping on December 23rd, 2013. Heather and Jason treasure every moment they had with Hannah during pregnancy and after delivery. Hannah has inspired a nonprofit started by her parents to help others and to help break the silence by sharing their journey of baby loss. Visit her blog, Hannah's Heart and Love, and follow her page on Facebook


Kellie said...

Beautifully said. My sweet Lily was born sleeping just two weeks ago. My heart aches in ways I never imagined, but I wouldn't trade her for anything. She also was given a fatal diagnosis and if given the chance to do over, I wouldn't change a thing. She's taught me to love more deeply and be thankful for every single moment. Blessings to you as I'm sure the approaching holiday season will bring sorrow. I pray you also find some peace, comfort and joy as you remember your little sweetheart.

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