Normally, my Friday post is reserved for a Flashback Friday, but this morning I read something that has been on my mind all day. I read about a mother of three kids, Alice Hansen. She gave birth to her third child, a little girl, on Wednesday and unfortunately contracted Strep A, which she died from on Wednesday night. You can read more on her Sister-In-Law’s blog, Honeybear Lane.
I know I normally try to keep things pretty light when I write. And while it’s probably fairly clear that I’m not too shy about things I share, there is one aspect of my life that I have never written about here.
In short, I had a very complicated delivery when I had Rory. I’m not going to go into anymore detail now, but I do intend on writing about it one day – just not yet.
When I heard about Alice today, my heart broke. I don’t think there are any words that could comfort her grieving husband, her two little boys or her beautiful baby girl. It makes me so sad that one of the happiest days will also be one of tremendous heartache.
I wanted to post this today in the hopes of other people reading it and wanting to share Alice’s story and help the family in anyway they can. There is a link to donate to The Alice Hansen Family Fund on the Honeybear Lane site to help the family pay for funeral, child and medical expenses. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to appreciate each day we have, but the reminders can be much harder.
Thank you for this lovely and heartrending post. I, too, had a complicated delivery, with Mbot, and vowed that I would be grateful for every single day–but of course, that’s not the way we humans work. Helping the Hansen family, though–even in this small way–is a way not only to extend sympathy and compassion, but to show gratitude for what I’ve got.
You have a good soul, Amy.