Mother’s day is fast approaching! To celebrate mothers, we have interviewed mom’s who have gone through several life-changing events and triumphed over their struggles.
How did your struggles as a preemie mom transform you into the strong and empowered woman/mother that you are now?
I’ve always thought of myself as a stalwart. But it wasn’t until I gave birth to our first born son prematurely at only 26 Weeks Age of Gestation AND went through my own life and death situation that I understood what I was truly capable of.
Going through our most difficult challenge was an overwhelming experience, to say the least. The main thing that got me through was my son’s own strength.
If my son– at only 925 grams — could endure every pain, how could I not? I resolved to overcome any negative thought and forge forward for my recovery as soon as I heard him cry out in the delivery room. We will overcome.
The instant I woke up from my postpartum D&C procedure due to postpartum hemorrhage, I knew my son needed me to be more than just physically strong. I had to be tough in mind and spirit more than ever. And that I became.
I went into hyperfocus as we launched campaign after campaign to raise funds for our Levi Little Lionheart’s multimillion hospital bill. I wasn’t alone on this journey. My husband and I were blessed with the love of family, friends, and Good Samaritans who rooted for our son. God showed me the way early on.
He manifested His love through the thousands of people who helped and supported us. Most importantly, He showed me my mettle. That I was truly a woman of immense strength as long as I kept my faith. God truly is good and great!
What was your biggest struggle as a mom who worked overseas?
My biggest struggle as a Mom was when I had to leave my four-year-old son and my two-year-old daughter in the Philippines to come to the United States to work. Communications were rare and far-between because there was no Internet, no face time, no Facebook or text messaging then.
I missed most of their milestones and some of their firsts. I missed their hugs and kisses. I missed many important events in their lives. I was away for most of their growing years and growing pains, which to this day I carry with a heavy heart. But I made sure my Mom sent me birthday pictures, school report cards, and letters my children wrote to me.
I kept these memorabilia to this day. I tell my children I love them every time. Distance made me love my children more. It made me value our reunion and our ordinary moments together become extraordinary. Growing up, however, my children showed the integrity of character and resilience of spirit.
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