In honor of upcoming World Prematurity Day on Monday, I sent out the following tweet:
It was favorited and retweeted among those who celebrate World Prematurity Day. A prematurity poster toddler of sorts.
You see the before and after pictures. Maybe you think that prematurity is no big deal. These babies seem to turn out fine.
But, these pictures are oversimplifications… only part of a story. What is missing from these posts is everything in between.
What you don’t see is the three months she spent in the NICU perilously clinging to life while enduring countless painful tests and procedures.
What you don’t see is the long demoralizing walk from the ER to pediatrics upon her readmission to the hospital for complications due to her early arrival.
What you don’t see are endless therapy sessions and appointments with specialists in which we hope for and ask from her things that are arduous.
What you don’t see is how hard she worked for every little bit of progress.
What you don’t see is how, over two years later, prematurity continues to affect her life every single day.
What you don’t see are the babies who didn’t survive.
With all of the before and after pictures that are and will circulate in honor of World Prematurity Day, please keep in mind the things that you don’t see. Surviving premature birth is no small feat.