Something Good Today

Today, I had the privilege of speaking to first year medical students about our micro preemie experience. I was impressed with how thoughtful and intelligent their questions were.

Mostly, I was happy to be there and for others to learn from our story. It is an instance of something good (other than Charlie) coming from the circumstances of Charlie’s birth.

When Charlie’s early arrival was imminent, I was asked to participate in research by donating my placenta and providing blood samples from me, my husband, and Charlie. I readily agreed.

At the time, I needed to believe something good could come from our tragedy. I believe in the importance of research and it seemed like a small way to help others.

Now, I still feel the need for good to come out of our situation. I feel the initial good continues when I speak or allow others to learn from our case. However, my motives are not entirely altruistic.

Each time I tell our story, it gets easier to tell. Our reality becomes less of a shock to me. Each time I talk about it, it normalizes things for me. The words flow easier and are not as hard to find.  Each time I say it out loud, I process it a little more and gain a better understanding.

If there are questions, I think about different aspects that I hadn’t considered before. Sometimes, questions challenge me to consider a different perspective.

Today, I told the story of Charlie to med students. Something good happened today.


About Rebecca Wood

In May 2012, my pregnancy ended three and a half months early due to severe early onset preeclampsia. This is my collection of thoughts and media. It is an attempt to document and discuss our experience of navigating the post NICU world. View all posts by Rebecca Wood

3 responses to “Something Good Today

  • judy

    I feel a similar way when I think about Agnes’ condition. The genetic doctors want to follow her case, take pictures of her physical anomalies, do extra tests to understand her condition. I am happy to let them so that down the road, other parents of babies like Agnes get more of an answer than, “we don’t really know what will happen because there are no similar cases…” I am glad that Agnes will become part of “the literature.”


    • woodra01

      Kudos! I know it was a hard decision to come to. I struggled with the decision to give up our anonymity when we were asked to be an ambassador family. The benefits of helping others out weighed my wish to be invisible. Once I came to that decision… I felt OK to start this blog. So far, I don’t regret it.


  • A Hopeful Doc

    That is such a brave thing. And I really have appreciated when patients with chronic illnesses like Lou Gherigs have spoken to our first year class. Your wealth of knowledge and experience teach us in ways lectures can’t.


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