April 23rd, 2015 was one of the happiest days of our lives- we were celebrating the birth of our second child, a beautiful, healthy little girl we named Willow. Life felt perfect for a brief moment. A couple of days after bringing Willsy home from the hospital, our joy quickly turned to fear as Melissa was rushed to the hospital with agonizing chest pains. She would spend the next two weeks in the hospital as they ran test after test, finally discovering she had Post Pardum Cardio Myopathy due to the stress of child birth. We were told the third child we were already discussing would not be possible- Melissa's heart was so weak there was a very good chance she would not survive another pregnancy. It was sad news to hear. Next we were told the realities of Melissa's condition- this was not something that was going to go away, she would be dealing with it and it's symptoms the rest of her life....this too was sad news to hear and hard to come to terms with.
It is now September 2016. A year has passed since Melissa's diagnosis- it has been a year full of Drs visits and trips to the ER, late night crys and worry-filled days....but also a year full of love, of hope and prayers, of growing closer and genuinely appreciating the big and the small moments life gives you.
A year ago we were against asking for help, but the truth is we wouldn't have made it this far without the kindness and support of others. In the last 6 months Melissa's condition has worsened resulting in the need for me to be home more to care for her and Willow, who is now 1, and her older sister Zoe, who is 9.
Every donation is appreciated from the bottom of our hearts, and no amount is too small.
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