Hi. I just found this website and would like to join a California Chapter. I live in Southern CA, just south of Santa Barbara and am very interested in meeting other people who have faced preeclampsia. I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome on 07/16/03, while pregnant with my first child and at 25 weeks. Unfortunately, the preeclampsia progressed very rapidly and my son, Zachary James, had to be delivered at 26 weeks. We were blessed with Zach for 5 days and he is now our sweet baby in heaven. My husband and I have been scouring the internet and bookstores for information on this disease and are having such a hard time understanding the lack of information available, to meet with others who have experienced this would mean a lot.