Matthew, Colton, Blakely, and I walk each year in memory of our angel Olivia Blake Goss who was born at 23 weeks 1 day. Pregnancy with Olivia started with extreme nausea that required medication to help me function throughout the day. Complications in the actual pregnancy began when I turned 20 weeks. After contacting the doctor and visiting Labor and Delivery, they could not find a problem and we were sent home. Then when I turned 21 weeks, my water ruptured prematurely during the night. On January 5th, we went to Labor and Delivery and after running several tests, they determined I had tested positive for amniotic fluid and I would be admitted to the hospital on bed rest. Even though every person who visited the room would tell us the reality of the situation, we tried to remain positive...until the ultrasound revealed I was not regaining fluid but rather continuing to lose what little I had. On Sunday, January 17th, things took a drastic turn for the worse and I was losing an excessive amount of blood and required multiple blood transfusions that day. By Monday, I had dangerously low levels and my life was now at risk because I was losing blood faster than they were able to give. It was decided that day to induce labor in order to get the bleeding to stop. This was by far the hardest days of our lives and we walk to help prevent families from experiencing the same loss. We walk not only for our angel Olivia, but for all babies born too soon.
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