You know, that is a big part of why this forum exhists...not that I had any part in starting it! But I cannot tell you what it meant to me to find the PF when I searched the web after my first diagnosis. I gained a wealth of information and support that gave me the courage and information I needed to have a second child and be sure I was getting propper medical care in the process. That is also why I volunteer my time here - to lend support and try to pass on the things I've learned about this disease to others. I am a stay-at-home mom to two little ones who lives on an island in Alaska, so this has been my most influential opportunity to do what I can to move "the work" along. The PF forums have grown leaps and bounds since I've found them and the Preeclampsia Foundation is working its way into (already is, I'd say) a position of great authority and recognition nationally and internationally in a very organized and deliberate way.
For me though, I educate others I come into contact with when I can, including my doctors on the occasion that we disagree, and I even daydream of becoming a perinatologist myself someday when the kids are raised and we're independantly wealthy... [;)]
Basically what I'm trying to say is that we all do what we can in our own situations and we truly do apreciate what others do as well, knowing we all have different capabilities and constraints.
I hope that you are able to make a great impact for good in your efforts and I appreciate the ideas, suggestions, and motivation.
Catherine (24), Moderator
DH Britton (28)
Emma Margaret (03/02/03) 37 wks PIH & Oligo
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