I would like to introduce myself, my name is Atanya and I have been given the privilege of taking over as the Arizona Group Coordinator. I am sorry to see Jill (previous AGC) step down, but I am honored to take on the roll.
I became a member of PEF over a year ago, after loosing my daughter Alexis Rose.
I had never heard of this disease, until it happened to me. I felt betrayed by my doctors; at 33-weeks I went in for my weekly check up and was perfectly fine. I asked my doctors if there was anything I should be worried about, and they assured me that I was too far along to have any problems. All of my previous problems were before my 4 month mark.
The following Tuesday I went in to the ER, because I just hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t felt her move (usually she moved more at night, so I figured I was just sleeping harder than normal). After they were unable to find her heartbeat they did an ultra sound and discovered I had lost her due to a sudden onset of Eclampsia that caused separation of the placenta at 34 weeks. My blood pressure had skyrocketed, and they said I was on the verge of going into seizures. At this point I still had no other symptoms other than my HBP, I had never had HBP at any visit or with any other pregnancy.
After it was all said and done with Alexis, I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. They did a cone biopsy and had us try getting pregnant again. Within three months I was pregnant with my second son Dylan James. I stayed at home and pretty much put myself on bed rest. This pregnancy went good, with no signs of PE. At 34 weeks I started having contractions so they put me on strict bed rest and told me that at 36 weeks we would go ahead and induce.
So, five days shy of AlexisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ year (angel day) we delivered Dylan James one month premature. He was a healthy 6lbs 10 oz boy, who not only was breathing on his own, but making his presents known throughout the hospital. My doctor, bless her heart was crying as hard as we were... WHAT A BLESSING!
Three additional hospital visits and six weeks later I went in for a radical hysterectomy. My life has never been the same since.
I became aware of the PEF after my FIL sent me an article on PE, I have been hooked since then.
I have 2 beautiful sons, (Austin 12 & Dylan 13 months) and an angel (Alexis Rose 2)! Who could be luckier?