My two month NICU stay with my critically ill second born son, who survived and went on to have special needs, heaped on even more post traumatic stress.
You ask, “Why would you ever read a book about a micro-preemie who spent five months in the NICU battling numerous medical obstacles?”
Because it was SO good. I couldn’t put it down. Not just because I could relate to the sights, sounds, and experiences of the NICU (which did trigger some PTSD to be honest), but because there was so much redemption contained within each chapter of this story. It’s not just for preemie parents, it’s for anyone who wants to know where God is when it hurts.
Kayla Aimee is a fellow blog contributor on PreemieBabies101. In her book, Anchored she tells her story in an engaging way that allows the reader to experience the depth of her emotion and relieves it with a bit of humor just when it gets too intense.
I won’t spoil the ending for you, but these paragraphs beautifully describe the essence of her story. Of all of our stories.
“I did not want this story. I wanted a fairy tale, with a Once Upon a Time and They All Lived Happily Ever After. That is all we ever want, a happy ending. This is where my belief system had failed me, in subtly suggesting the pursuit of prayer as a means to achieving a happy ending, skipping over the shadows. But even the fairy tales would not exist without the dark places. Beauty without the Beast is just another pretty face. Sleeping Beauty without the spindle is just a story about a girl who takes a ridiculously long nap.
It is the story that we allow a Creator to write in our suffering that gives us the greatest opportunity to know the depths of His love, and in this way share that love with others. This is our privilege. This is our benediction.”
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