After 8 years of struggling with infertility, our dreams finally came true when we saw "Pregnant" on the test stick! Although it was high risk, it was a perfect pregnancy. I never had morning sickness and we got to see our son in ultrasounds once a week! The night I finally felt him move was magical, it didn't start out with a little kick or punch, No, not our son. He did a full flip, like he was swimming laps! From that point on, every night I would lay on the couch with my hands on my belly just waiting to enjoy his gymnastics!
A week later our life changed forever as I went into preterm labor. On August 31, 2006 our Perfectly healthy son Jack Kendrick Johnson was born too early due to Incompetent Cervix. We were told 20 week babies normally only live seconds if we're lucky. Our Strong Son surprised everyone and lived for 4 hours! Jack died in my arms on September 1, 2006.
Our hearts shattered that day and all we wanted was to be with our son. I feel like I died with him that day and this shell of a body continues to move meaninglessly through the motions. Losing a child is NOT like losing a parent or sibling, that child is a part of you. The heart ache and pain is indescribable! No parent should ever have to bury their child. It feels like we've been Sentenced to Life without our son, in Solitary confinement.
That is, until we found The MISS Foundation! Meeting other bereaved parents who know exactly how we're feeling was like being released from Solitary! We're still in prison(Life without our son), but now we get to go outside and see that the Sun still shines. The MISS Support Groups and Activities are like a SAFE Haven for us. It's where we get to BE Jack's parents, feel "normal", like we're not aliens from another planet, learn tools to use on this lifelong journey through grief and have fun without feeling guilty. Without the MISS Foundation, I have no doubt I would be in a mental institution! The facilitators, leaders and everyone at MISS saved my life!
The MISS Foundation is an international non-profit organization that provides support to grieving families before, during and after the death of a child. The help they provide is PRICELESS! So Please help us raise money as Jory and I Walk for our son Jack in "The Kindness Walk " event this Mother's Day, May 13, 2012.
This event's Kindness Project is called Beautiful Soles, and will take place at the conclusion of the walk. Here, families will donate new or gently used shoes, and adorn the shoes with a legacy message in honor of their beloved child. The Beautiful Soles will then be donated to local organizations that serve needy children: The legacy of our beloved children will literally walk on in another child.
Please donate money and/or shoes in honor of Jack Kendrick Johnson who changed our lives forever and we hope his story continues to touch the hearts of others. If you're interested in donating shoes please email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org for my address.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Jory & Joey Johnson