In 1998, my special needs daughter Alexandra was born at 27 weeks gestation, weighing only 12 ounces (349 grams) and measuring 8 inches in length. She remained hospitalized in a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for seven and a half months.
This is a journal of Alex’s NICU journey and how our family survived those seven months. It is a story of Faith, Hope, Love and most of all of God’s miraculous intervention that made it possible for Alexandra to survive. It is a story of how God pulled us through those difficult times and gave us the strength to keep on going day after long day and night after night.
Enjoy the book and I hope that it provides hope for many families.
When I was a little girl my dad wanted me to become a writer. I hated writing, but in order to please him I took many writing courses by correspondence. I am proud of the certificates I received from “The London School of Journalism”. All these courses helped shape my writing in college. I excelled in my papers and produced good work. I have been writing as a hobby for 25 years. I never thought that I would one day actually publish my work.
I chose a Technical path in college. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology and spent years working in the field producing computer aided engineering drawings. I later went on to become an adjunct mathematics instructor in the college I graduated from. Writing was on the back burner during those years.
One day my daughter Alex was born and everything changed in terms of my writing. It all started out at the Intensive Care Unit (NICU) when I would sit by her incubator and write in a journal for her. The words were my anchor. They brought me hope and strength as I waited patiently for the light at the end of the tunnel. Seven months and twelve days in the NICU is a long wait for any mom. The words kept me busy. Soon, several nurses were contributing to her journal. This small book proved to become the meeting place for anyone who wanted to pour their emotions for Alex. She touched so many hearts. It was hard not to get involved with this tiny little girl that was proving to everyone that she was truly: “Mighty, Might”.
Years later I am back writing again. My first published kindle book was about losing weight. I then started a blog about my daughter. I Finally wrote and published her NICU journey in my most recent book “A Micro Preemie named Alex”.
I find it very therapeutic to be able to pour out my feelings. I have developed a strong bond to each and every article that I have created. I finally understand the joy of writing. The freedom I experience, as I mold each word and sentence in any way I feel, is exhilarating. It is as if Alex is now shaping my life to become the writer that my dad always wanted me to be.