Story of HOPE


Michaela ~ Metal Stamped Memories
Carter July 22, 2008- Sep.17, 2008
I am a stay at home mom of three beautiful boys.  My second son, Carter, was born “normal” with no complications during the pregnancy.  At five weeks old we noticed a twitch in his eye and a little shake in his arm.  We took him in and after two weeks he was diagnosed with a one in a million condition called Ohtahara Syndrome.  This meant that Carter was having seizures, and a brainwave test showed a very rare pattern of high activity and then no activity, causing his brain to not carry out the signals it needed to for his body.  This was devastating news as children with Ohtahara rarely live past age 2, medicines do not control seizures for long, and in Carter’s case the signals were not being sent out for him to breathe on his own.  

Carter was immediately put on a ventilator.  We knew that we did not want Carter to suffer with seizures for the rest of his short life, nor was being on a ventilator any way to live.  We made the most difficult decision to let him go to heaven.  

Two years later, we are still slowly adjusting to life without him.  We know he is in Jesus’ arms, but we still miss him- and that hurt is unimagineable to someone who hasn’t experienced it.  It is hard to live without him every day, and I know how it feels to feel lonely while the rest of the world goes on.  What keeps me going is knowing I will get to see Carter again someday, and also the love I have for my other boys.  

I recently started my own business to help other moms with their journey of loss.  I know how important it is to have something tangible to hang onto after you are left with empty arms.  I create memorial necklaces and other items for mothers who would like to wear something in memory of their own angels.  My website is www.metalstampedmemories.com  
This adventure has helped me connect with other moms and I am very grateful that I have been led to do this!

 To read more about Michaela’s story please visit her Blog and 
Website: Metal Stamped Memories
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