Monday, February 6, 2012

Beautiful Girls - Turner Syndrome Awareness Month

If you know me in real life and have met my daughters you know that my husband and I were blessed with two perfectly healthy little girls.  I had no complications while pregnant and in fact, rather enjoyed the experience so much so that if we could have afforded another child, I likely would have been just fine being pregnant for a third time.  We have been so fortunate that our girls are healthy and we have only had a couple of scary moments with them in their young lives.  Zoe got croup a few days before her first birthday and required an ER visit and Ava got a UTI at four weeks old that required a three day stint at Children's Hospital.  But, when I tell you that those things are so minor it's because I have friends that have experienced far greater with their children.  I know that I am lucky and I try to never take that for granted.  To fear for your child's health is something no parent should ever have to go through. 

Which brings me to the reason for my post today.  I have a friend that I met through this wonderful blogging platform.  She is my Weight Watchers idol - she lost over 100 pounds and reached her lifetime status last year.  She also just had her second baby about 4 months ago.  She had a rough pregnancy and she blogged all about it - I would read her entries and my heart would just ache for her.  However, Sarah ended up giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, Lily, who was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome at birth.  I did not know a whole lot about TS before and I think that is the case for a lot of people.  I will not attempt to tell you all about the statistics of TS (Sarah does a great job on her site with all of the facts) - but, I will tell you it only affects one in 2,500 female births. 

February is Turner Syndrome month and Sarah is blogging every day in February to help bring about more awareness of TS.  I wanted to link to Sarah's blog today so that we all can gain more awareness of these adorable and beautiful girls. Please go to her site and read her posts this month and tell all of your friends to go there too. 

Click here for awesomeness! 

Sarah - You are one of the strongest women I know.  You were tested all through your pregnancy and I am so happy for you and your family that you have Lily in your life.  And the TS community is so lucky to have you in their corner and bringing awareness to these beautiful girls and their journeys!  You are a wonderful mom and a wonderful example of strength - even if you don't always feel that way! 

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