For as long as I can remember I was was told I couldn’t have children, due to having phenylketonuria or PKU. This means my body cannot digest protein, allowing raw protein to go into my blood stream. I was told if I were to ever get pregnant I have a very large risk of having a miscarriage or having a baby with extreme mental and physical disabilities.
My entire life I was discouraged from ever having children.
When I was 20, my husband and I wanted to explore more into starting a family. My new doctor informed me that it was possible to have a healthy baby as long as I was very determined to do whatever it took to have a healthy baby.
I am strong because at the age of 22 I became pregnant despite being told my entire life not to.
I am strong because I started my pregnancy only being able to eat 12g of protein and having to get the rest through a medical beverage that made me sick.
I am strong because despite having fluctuating protein levels that worried my doctors and almost having to get a feeding tube placed in my stomach to be able to keep the protein in my blood down to a minimum…
I gave birth to a beautiful and more importantly extremely healthy baby girl on March 12, 2014.