Meet the Founder

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Meet the Founder

Postby annegarrett » Mon Aug 30, 2004 11:44 am

I just take orders. I think it is probably a good idea for me to introduce myself and share why I am here (still...) though you can read my story on the main website. I'm Anne, one of the founders for the Preeclampsia Foundation and former Executive Director. I am currently the Executive Director of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation ( In my "free time" I still volunteer for and serve on the board of the Preeclampsia Foundation. I live in Snohomish, Washington with my partner in crime--Steve Addison (; three of my four sons: Sebastian (15), Kieran (9) and Gabriel (6).(Jonathan (21) works in Seattle and is putting himself through college) and our evil cat Cinder.

In 1985, I had preeclampsia with my first boy. It was pretty textbook--six weeks of bedrest, induced at 40 weeks, delivered "naturally" three days later... After a miscarriage (March of 86), I had a normal second pregnancy (August 90). In 1996, I had a near-death experience during an emergency c-section due to preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome at 38 weeks. I was originally discharged with high blood pressure and readmitted a week postpartum with a BP of 180/120.

I founded the Foundation after my fourth pregnancy. This pregnancy was managed by a high-risk doctor (who became one of the PF's other co-founders) and was placed on medication to prevent hypertension. I delivered by a planned c-section at 36 weeks but still, a week postpartum, was readmitted for soaring blood pressures and was put on MgSO4, lasix and more antihypertensives.

Why am I still here? Because I will always, always, always remember coming home after my near-death experience, going to the internet and wanting to type into Google, "What the * happened to me?" Instead, I typed "Shoulder pain" + "preeclampsia" and the word HELLP HELLP HELLP filled the page. The rest, really is a natural progression to this point. Someone had to do something and no one was.

Here are some ways you can help, too:

Donate to the Preeclampsia Foundation:

Sign up with the Preeclampsia Registry:
(The registry is for survivors of preeclampsia, please do not register unless you have personally had preeclampsia. The exception to this is for people who are registering a woman who has died.)

Shop for t-shirts, mousepads, and mugs to support the Preeclampsia Foundation:

Now, the crib sheet:

Do you wanna know if it's going to happen again? Read this link:

Do you wanna avatar? Here's how ya do it:

Do you wanna know what the rules are? Here they are:

Do you wanna know what all those crazy abbreviations mean? Look here:

Anne Garrett
Preeclampsia Foundation

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