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Three years into her journey with HIE, one mother took a moment to reflect on how far her family has come.
Jen Greenway gave birth to her baby girl and immediately started on the roller coaster of HIE.
Jenessa Hope was not breathing, and had to be resuscitated. Her parent watched helplessly as doctors worked to help their baby girl and then tearfully said goodbye as she was sent to the NICU at another hospital.
“We honestly had no clue what had happened, just didn't understand how this could be,” Jen said.
By Melissa Waller Longshore
It was field day and all the children were going down the Slip and Slide, including the special needs classroom.
The only child not going down the Slip and Slide was my child. He was at the bottom watching everyone slide. In the corner of my eye, I saw him and I saw the look in his eye.
It was a wistful look. It was a look of “if only.” If only, I could do that, go down that slide, today.
For Julie Keon, hope was initially most intense in the early years of her daughter’s life.
Since then, her hope has shifted, but that doesn’t mean she is hopeless, Julie said.
“I have learned that hope is most intense in the early years but as life presents itself and you begin to settle in to how things will be. It doesn’t mean that I have become hopeless. It’s just that my hopes have changed and evolved,” she said.