Friday, October 15, 2010

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Bracelet Giveaway

UPDATE

As I was reading all these stories, I couldn't find it my heart for anyone to "win" a bracelet for enduring such heartache. If you will give me some time, I will make sure I have a bracelet for each and every one of you that has commented.

I would like to give Cori Romashkina the silver and swarovsky bracelet.

Could everyone please email at (cogrady2003@yahoo.com)me your name, address and the name you posted under on this blog.

I guess I made one of my wishes come true! <3 s












October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

I wish we this was a day we didn't have the need for awareness.

I wish that every parent was able to hold their child in their arms.


I wish no other person would feel that pain.


I wish I was able to make a bracelet to give to each mother that has an angel baby.



I will be giving out 7 pink and blue bracelets

Also one silver with pink, blue and clear Swarovsky crystals that was donated by one of the Frikes (Jessica Mefferd)

I would love to give these to moms of angel babies...so please leave a comment below and I will announce 8 winners later tonight.

Please remember to light a candle at 7pm and allow it to burn for an hour.


32 comments:

  1. It is the saddest thing to go through, my sister has lost 2 and finally almost 2 years ago finally had her son. not a day goes by that i think of my neices and what they may have grown up to be... god bless all the mothers out there, and god bless you Cathy for being such a wonderful woman

    Melanie W.

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  2. Even though I am a mother of an Angel i would like to give my "spot" to a very strong and deserving mom Shelby Brushwyler in memory of her Angel Emily Paige!!

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  3. I have one angle baby, but I am also blessed to have 4 babies with me. Your racelets are beautiful and amazing way to remember all the angels.

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  4. I will be lighting my lighter, no candles, at 7pm for myself and all the mothers that lost angels. Esspically for my friend who lost twins, my mother in law who lost a set of twins and lost my sister in laws twin. I lost a baby very early on, and it's something that you never get over.

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  5. Hi Cathy...I personally have never lost a child, but my daughter-in-law has lost 2, the most recent 3 weeks ago. In between those two losses, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy!! I also have a cousin who's precious baby girl was born on Aug. 3 this year and became an angel in heaven 5 weeks later. I think this is awesome what you are doing. I know that the ladies that receive one of your beautiful bracelets will cherish it forever.

    Terri Smallwood

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  6. We lost our Carni almost 2 years ago. Not one day goes by when she isn't in my heart or mind. She was born sleeping at 18 weeks, we were lucky enough to hold her and kiss her and tell her how much we loved her. We lost her to an infection brought about by an amniocentisis and I share her life with other pregnant women not to scare them by warn them of the way some doctors rush over the risks like mine did. I also wish no other mother to face the pain of loosing a baby. What you are doing is an awesome thing Miss Cathy. We have since been blessed with out son, yet his life does not erase the empty spot in my arms and heart that Carni holds.

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  7. I nominate Missi Prosser for a bracelet. I won't share the details of her story, but I will say she deserves it more than anyone I know.

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  8. I lost my son Joshua a year ago on Halloween. He died of Pneumonia at 5 1/2 wks old. Joshua went to heaven in my arms. I will never forget him and cherish the short time he was here with me.

    Stephanie Dunton

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  9. I lost my first baby, Chetan, at one of the worst times in my life, it's ten years ago now but I still feel his loss deeply. It took 5 years to conceive my second child and during that time I lost myself and felt that I couldn't perform the most basic function that women can do. When I was 35 weeks pregnant with my 2nd I got really ill and he had to be delivered immediately by emergency c-section... I very nearly lost him too as well as nearly losing my life.

    There is rarely a day that goes by that I don't think about him, but I know that he is with me. I knew the second I became pregnant with him and I knew the second that he was no longer with me. For such a very short time I was touched by and angel.

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  10. October is a month of sadness for my loss was @ the end of Oct, but one of happiness because 2 years later my little Evelyn was born. Thank you for honoring all the mommy's of little angels.

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  11. I have lost one sweet baby boy, Aiden, at 13 weeks. I wish no one had to go through the loss of a child whether in utero or after birth. Too many have had to deal with these losses. :(

    Kate Blandford

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  12. I think about my angel baby everyday. I know God had other plans for him and I trust in that. My candle will be lit tonight in memory of him and all the other angels.

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  13. Thanks for bringing so much attention to Child & Pregnancy Loss, Cathy. Your bracelets are amazing.

    I hate that so many of us have had to go through the pain of losing babies.

    In 2006, my first son, Aleksandr, was stillborn at almost full term. I think of him daily and can actually do that now without crying. I'm not sure why we lost him... all of our tests showed that there was nothing wrong with him. Just a freak accident, I suppose. I can say that losing him has made me a better mother to my other kids. No matter how frustrated I get with them, I know the pain of burying a child which makes me cherish (even more)every single second that I have with Roman and Kalista.

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  14. In November of 2006 my husband & i went for a routine ultra sound when i was 10 weeks pregnant.We were both very excited because we had tried for over 2 years to get my daughter Madison a little brother or sister.I never will forget the ultra sound tech looking at me saying im sorry i cant find a heart beat & im seeing blood.I had a dnc that night.Ive been lucky enough to have never lost a close family member so this was the hardest thing i had ever been through in my life.We were so excited when i found out i was pregnant that we made the mistake of telling our daughter who was 6 that i was pregnant so we had to give her the bad news the next day.I couldnt do it so my husband did.he said that was the hardest thing he had ever did.
    Luckily my doctor told me there was no reason that i couldnt try for another baby in 2 months.God blessed us by letting me get pregnant with my son Raiden 3 months later.He was born the next November.
    If we are allowed to nominate people for this i would like to nominate Stephanie Dunton & MJ Brennan :0)

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  15. I have 2 angel babies that I lost early on in pregnancy. I often think of how life would be different if they had been successful pregnancies. Would have 4 kids now? Or would have stopped and never had our Ava Blue. I was lucky to win a Save Second Base T recently from you so please consider one of the other mom's of angel babies for one of your gorgeous bracelets. I don't want to be greedy. Much love to all those mommies out there grieving...so many are in silence.

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  16. Next month, my baby would have been 3 years old. It hurts. Even to this day, it hurts. I know this is a giveaway, but it isn't one I want to be eligible to win. Don't get me wrong, the bracelets are beautiful, but it is for something so painful.
    To be honest though, I would like to win one of these for my friend Kim. She just lost her angel baby two days ago, and I know it would help her cope, to see that beauty on her wrist and be happy.
    Sometimes, I get so angry about this kind of thing. My friend wants a baby. She and her husband are going to be great parents. Why do they have to endure this pain, when so many don't even want their children?

    Cathy, I know these bracelets are going to beautiful people, with good cause, but I truly wish there was no need for this. It hurts me deeply to know that so many have suffered this pain.
    Thank you, for everything, for all of this. For the candle lighting, the raising of awareness, the beauty in the pain that you bring to life. I'm never going to get over the pain of that loss, but I'm so thankful that there are people like you with whom other people can share the hurt, because even though you haven't experienced it, your heart is so big and wonderful, that you hurt when someone else is hurt. That's what makes you so special, Cathy.

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  17. Thank you, Cathy, for having such an amazing heart. I miss my angel babies everyday. Xoxo

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  18. I lost our second baby at the end of August at 7 weeks. But I would love to be able to give it a blue one to a friend of mine who lost her son at 38 weeks and has been so brave and amazing during her loss.

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  19. The bracelets are SO beautiful, but the fact that you are raising awareness for something so many people are afraid to mention, is even more so! I have lost 3 precious angel babies all before 9 weeks. I have met so many other women that I have come to meet along the way that I sadly share that bond with.

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  20. I am posting for a young mother who just lost her 2 month old daughter on October 12th after we thought she was getting better...she is devastated and might benefit from someone reaching out to her and letting her know she is not alone

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  21. I lost my nephew (he was born sleeping) and my angel both in the same year. During that time, I became friends with a wonderful bunch of ladies on Babyzone and each of their stories have touched me, but none more then the amazing lady that I would like to nominate for a bracelet.

    I would love for Shelby Brushwyler to win a bracelet. Shelby and I bacame friends through our BZ birthday club for our now 3 yr old sons. Five months ago, her sweet daughter, Emily Paige, passed away at 10 days old due to CHD. Shelby's strength and courage have been an inspiration to me and all that know her. She has become a HUGE advocate for CHD. In October she is donating all the proceeds from her bows to Hope 4 Tiny Hearts which focuses on congential heart defect research. I can't think of anyone more deserving and I know she would treasure the bracelet in memory of Emily.

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  22. I would like to nominate my mother in law who lost her second son 21 years ago (he was born sleeping.) It was something very difficult for her, and it is something she still carries with her all theses years later.

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  23. i want to nominate a great mom named Margaret, who've I've known since 1993..we were roomies together at Walter Reed (we were both Army gals) and have been friends for a while and recently reconnected this year. She had a stillborn son named Nicholas Alexander who was an overdue baby. April 22 is a rough day each year for her...she went on to have Zachary, who is a teenager now...

    Cherokee Merklinger

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  24. I am so saddened to see all of these losses. There is nothing like this heartbreak. The anticipation, excitement, and joy of a pregnancy quickly goes out the window so quickly and just rips our your heart. A piece of you never comes back because you're missing part of you. I can't even imagine losing a baby fryer along or a child that's already born because that bond is even stronger. My first pregnancy ended at 15 weeks in 2002 and my 4th pregnancy ended very very early. I named them and got a certificate from the church in new York that offers them. Thank you so much Cathy for giving us all a chance to honor our babies and for all that you do.

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  25. We were very surprised on May 25, 2005, when our son, Joey, was born with a rare birth defect of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). From Joey's short 16 days on Earth, his strength and spirit touched more people than most people do in a "grown-up" lifetime. He taught courage, quiet strength, dignity, faith, and love. His older brother Daniel learned compassion and how to make something positive out of something so very sad. Daniel started a Stroll for Strong Kids Team in Joey's memory and has been able to donate over $40,000 to the NICU since 2005. Joey is a part of our family every minute of everyday in an intangible way, but makes his present known to us. Joey's story is so special to us we know that everyone that posts here has a child who is just as special as our Joey. Thanks for giving us another opportunity to share and remember our angels.
    ~Jenn Hayden

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  27. I'm freaking brain dead. I said donate instead of nominate so I deleted it. Geeze.

    I would like to nominate Shelby Brushwyler.

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  28. Anne-Marie SaffordOctober 15, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    I'm glad I checked your page since I missed this post in the feed. Thank you for doing this Cathy. I hope to win one of these for my two little angels. If not, I'll be buying one in the future. =)

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  29. Tonight I will light ALL my candles in memory of my 2 angels as well as all the other sweet babies that were taken far to early.

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  30. Cathy you have a heart of gold. I have sat here in tears reading these stories and each and every one is in my thoughts and prayers.

    I have 6 angels in heaven. Aug 18, 1989 at 22 weeks I found out my baby no longer had a heartbeat. I delivered my baby sleeping Aug 19, 1989 after a 12 hour labor. I never got to hold my baby and the military hospital I was at was so cold and wouldn't even tell me the sex. It was 2 years later before I found out the baby had passed due to Anencephaly when I picked up my medical records when we were moving to another state.

    In 1992 I had 4 back to back miscarriages at 6-8 weeks each for unknown reasons.

    May 19, 1996 at 11 weeks 5 days pregnant I miscarried my 6th angel. After a D&C and genetic testing we discovered the baby had Karyotype 45 X (chromosome abnormality) and found out the baby was a girl.

    I also have 8 living children and feel very blessed for what I have. Many have said to me "well at least you have other children"...but a baby lost cannot be replaced by another and I will forever love & miss them. I take comfort in knowing where they are and that one day we will all be together again.

    Thank you for letting us tell our stories. It feels good to be able to talk about them and keep their memories alive.

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Sandra Bell Unangst

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  31. I gained an angel at 11 1/2 weeks gestation, in Aug of 1990 shortly after the death of my younger (and only) sister. It was a very difficult time in my life. I did not get enough support because I was trying to be too tough. I pushed my pain aside, but it never went away.

    When I got pregnant with my second son, I was in a bad car accident at 12 weeks. With a diagnoses of a subchorionic hemorrhage, I was afraid I was re-living the nightmare. I eventually delivered a healthy boy and 11 years later, 2 more wonderful blessings with my new hubby. (I have 4 wonderful kids- only 1 daughter)

    I hope every woman that ever experiences this kind of loss, gets support for their pain. It is a loss that you can't understand unless you've been through it.

    Cathy, I salute you for being such a big-hearted, generous and self-less soul. Your awareness bracelets are beautimus! <3

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  32. Linda Silva
    February 11,2003 we lost our Sean to a car accident,,but we gained a new one our hero.
    Our new Sean goes to bed with a smile on his face and wakes up with the same smile every day! It is not the same as losing a child but to John and I we feel we lost and gained at the same time.

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