We are always encouraging our clients to tell their story.
Tell the world who we are.
Now it’s time to tell Kristine’s story, below she shares what her last 6 years have been like and shows how she is helping the medical system learn by sharing her story.
On July 17, 2014, I had my third baby. My husband Steve and I had a little girl Ellie, after two healthy boys. Everything seemed to be okay, until about three hours post-delivery. Ellie became critically ill and they weren’t sure what the cause was. They stabilized Ellie overnight but she was continuing to decline. The next day I too fell ill and it was thought whatever she had, I had too. The decision was made to airlift us both to Calgary to the Foothills hospital. This was Ellie’s only chance of surviving. She was picked up by an amazing team called the Southern Alberta Neonatal Transport Unit (more about them in a future post) and all we could do was pray that she would make it there alive.
She was diagnosed with Neonatal Septic Shock and spent 19 days in the NICU between Medicine Hat and Calgary. The list of procedures and life-saving measures she went through is lengthy. As parents, we had to make decisions we never thought we would have to make so early in our baby’s life. We experienced a world that not many parents experience and are now part of a club of NICU parents.
Fast-forward 5.5 years and Ellie is here. She has her struggles but she is here and we still spend a lot of time navigating the medical system. She is resilient and determined despite those struggles. Ellie is my hero.
Through this experience, I learned the value of story-telling.
Story-telling can heal wounds, raise awareness and bring people together. Story-telling can create friendships, create opportunities and educate those who may not otherwise understand.
On Monday I share our story on a whole new level. Ellie and I are on our way to Vancouver to speak to 150+ UBC medical students, faculty and staff at the Vancouver General Hospital. The audience is the future of medicine and they can change the way healthcare is delivered. No pressure, right?
We all have a story. Don’t ever be afraid to tell it because you never know who’s life you could change if you do.
This story has become more than just Kristine’s story. This story is a part of our tag story as well. We watch how hard Kristine works, not only for our clients but also for her family. She has more fight in her than any woman we know. We are so thankful that we can provide a flexible workplace schedule so that she can provide her family with the necessary care required. Her story is a small part of our story, and for that, we are forever grateful.