Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Readers' Digest Contest

When I was young, I always read the Readers' Digest and marvel at the bravery of the mothers who struggled with sick children. When I had Andrew in the hospital, and accepted the doctors' advice that the kindest option was to let nature take it's course. When Andrew didn't die when the doctor predicted, I struggled with myself and spoke to the doctor about those mothers I read in the Readers' Digest, and I wanted to be these mothers, Dr James said that Andrew was different.

Today, I found out that Readers' Digest was inviting people to submit their stories. I am submitting mine for media exposure. But if you like to vote for me, it is appreciated.

"Diary of a bereaved mother"
My journey of having a baby who died and now I am the self appointed spokes-person for bereaved parents. My story is from my heart and will resonate with anyone who has had the misfortune to give birth to a child who has struggled to live. Synopsis: Your baby is dying. Andrew did not die that night as predicted by the doctor, he didn't die after 3 days, 10 days and finally he died at 55 days. Friends did not know whether to congratulate or commiserate us. He was declared dead after his first at 40 days, but he bounced back. That was more excruciating than his actual death. After Andrew, what have I done? Have I become a better person? There are many of the things I am most proud of. I spearheaded raising funds to separate a pair of Siamese twins from Nepal in Singapore. For 16 years, I raised funds for the Deaf Children in Kenya. I did the publicity, marketing, cooking and selling. I volunteer at teaching new immigrants.
Vote up!



Ginny Hartzler said...

Your story is so touching, and full of humility, emotion and so relatable. I have voted for you and I think you have a good chance of winning, I so much hope you do!!!!

Felisol said...

It's a moving and so sad story.
I bet you fought, cried and prayed for those 50 days. 10 days more than even Jesus had to endure.
There are no words to tell how a mother must feel, loosing her baby.
At least there are no words in my vocublary.

A friend of my mother's lost her baby, 6 months old. A lady came to her, trying to find the right words, but failed. "Your son is well now." "He should have been well with me too," poor Magda said grimly.

Even so, like you she spent her life helping other children, especially the mentally challenged. Till her dying day, she reached 90 before the Lord let her be united with her husband and child, she got tears in her eyes when she talked about "Little Boy".

Scriptor Senex said...

As a bereaved parent, needless to say I voted for you. Well done, Ann, keep up the good work.

MadSnapper said...

i voted and you did a great job of telling your story. good luck