My Medical Story
As part of these devastating medical events, it is no longer safe for me to have children biologically. We had always known that this might be our road due to my genetic diagnosis, however now, a year later, Nick & I are excited to begin building our family through surrogacy and/or adoption. Check out our story and learn ways to help at the links below.
*Deep breath* As I'm writing this it's tough to fight back the tears. On January 6th of 2014, I went to my doctor with pain in my side. She rushed me to the hospital for an appendectomy and we thought we were in the clear. However while I was there, my colon began filling up with blood. I doubled over in pain and we eventually were told I had c.diff., a severe intestinal infection from my hospital stay.
The doctors treated the infection with every known antibiotic but I kept getting sicker. This activated my ulcerative colitis and by late March of 2014, I was so sick that I could barely move. I just laid on the floor of the bathroom and cried every day. Then one evening I felt what seemed like a muscle cramp in my upper thigh. At 2:00 in the morning, I woke up in severe pain and pulled the covers back to find that my leg was so swollen it was pushing my other leg out to the side. My skin was a deep purple and I was in shock.
Nick, my husband, rushed me to the emergency room where they found a massive blood clot reaching from my toe to my belly button.
I knew this could be the end of my life and everyone in the room looked at me like I was already gone. Another nurse began to cry and the doctor started calling surgery teams frantically. We listened to ourselves be turned down at hospital after hospital, the consensus being, "She's too far gone, we can't help."
Finally, by the grace of God, a team at Oregon Health Science University agreed to try to save my life. On the ambulance ride over, I clung to the EMT, Sarah, and she told me over and over, "Just hold on."
*Ok, I'm crying now*
After 14 days, multiple surgeries, a feeding tube, and an amazing team of doctors, nurses, family and friends, I'm alive. I've survived. Every day I still can't believe it. I'm so grateful. Every day we keep fighting and the battle isn't nearly won.
Thank you to everyone who has lent support and a thank you in advance to those who will. I've been truly touched by the outpouring of love and support.
I am grateful for each day, I am grateful for the love & memories that sustain me. I grateful for you.
Lots of Love,
If you feel inspired to help out, click on our Helping Hannah YouCaring link below to contribute to our fundraising efforts for ongoing procedures, medicines, and hospital stays. Even tiny donation helps us through another day. Thank you in advance. Love and Peace to you in your journey.