It’s January 13, 2011 – the birthday or our “miracle son” Garrett!
We call him “miracle son” because he is our 4th pregnancy but our first baby. We have lost 3 pregnancies and one of them was a baby girl who died in utero at 16 weeks…
My pregnancy with Garrett was such on the “high risk” level that my doctor said to discontinue EVERYTHING I was doing and stay in bed for 2 weeks straight! At that time, I was going for my last few classes at the University of CA in Irvine, to become a Certified Financial Planner and I had to make a decision to discontinue that. It was 9 months of close monitoring and a very fragile pregnancy.
A week before Garrett was due to be born, I experienced excruciating pain in my lower abdomen and I knew something was terribly wrong. A couple of weeks prior, I already started sleeping on the couch downstairs as I couldn’t go upstairs anymore. That morning, I found myself yelling for help, crawling on the floor, waking Gary up.
911 was called and in 3 minutes flat, they were right at our doorstep. After 12 needle pokings, they finally found a vein for my IV… We waited for hours as they performed ultra-sound figuring out what was wrong with me but they couldn’t find anything. When the doctor made arrangements to transfer me to my original hospital, the baby’s vitals started dropping and all I heard was “Code Red… Code Red” and they rushed me into the OR. I overheard them saying to my husband: “Sir, put this smock on and follow us…” To that Gary responded: “No I have to go back to the car.. you don’t understand… if I don’t have the camera when she has the baby, I am a dead man!” (Ha, ha! Even way back then, the camera was already an extension of me and Gary knew it!)
A few minutes later, after all the commotion, I heard the doctor say out loud: “Oh my God… Oh my God… look at the hole in her uterus! Mr. Tiebens, a few more minutes, you could have lost them both… this is a miracle!”
I still get teary eyed when I remember those moments… it was a time when I really came close to death without really knowing I was that close.
Since that time, I have always been mindful that I am living a second life…
God gave our son and I a second chance at life and it’s for a greater purpose for sure. Now, years later, I have evolved into someone who has embraced entrepreneurship and have a wider reach of audience to empower and equip.
I know in my heart that I was given a second chance to Encourage, Empower and Equip entrepreneurs – to become not only a Messenger of Hope but a Teacher of Skills they can leverage.
My challenge to you right now is this:
What pivotal points in your life would you consider a second shot at life? You may have more than one but how are you remembering what they are and what meaning and purpose do you give it?
I urge you to grab inspiration from such set backs.
I look forward to connecting with you and until next time…
Cheering You On To Your Success!