A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds
Wonder Woman was an American television series based on the DC Comics super heroine of the same name. Lynda Carter played her. As a child I wanted to be her. I dressed up as Wonder Woman for Halloween more than a handful of times. To me, Wonder Woman showed both intelligence and strength and I admired that. That is why I chose her costume for Joy. It was either Wonder Woman or Supergirl. But, in the end, Wonder Woman won out because of my childhood admiration for her.
Joy is my real life Wonder Woman. Since her birth Joy has shown the strength of a superhero. She has over come almost every obstacle that prematurity has put in front of her. She rocked her 121 days in the NICU and is still going strong today! You would never know she was a preemie unless you are around her when she has a cold. Respiratory viruses throw her for a loop due to her BPD (Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia), but she overcomes those too!
There will most certainly be times in Joy’s life when she feels weak. As her mother, I can only wish she will draw upon that internal strength she used as a preemie in the NICU. Luckily, Joy will never remember her beginning and all of the interventions and medications needed to keep her alive during her first four months. But, I want her to know how hard she worked to be here today and what a success story she is.
Again, Joy is my real life Wonder Woman!
Even superheroes need their rest!
I would love to hear about your own preemie superheroes.