Life comes at you fast.

I never expected to face some of life’s most challenging moments — all in the course of three years:

  • Being diagnosed with breast-health issues
  • Watching my husband, Chris, get diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
  • Facing unemployment and later surviving a serious car accident
  • My grandfather passing away

Amidst all this chaos, however, came a ray of hope: My husband and I learned we were pregnant with our first child.

We were excited and joyful about becoming parents, but when I was 20 weeks and six days pregnant, we learned that the little boy we were expecting would be born with severe medical issues.

The doctors told us the outcome for our child would be grim.

It seemed like all at once, those vows that we’d made just a few years prior — to stick together for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health — were being put to the test.

On July 21, 2015, at 36 weeks into my pregnancy, our precious baby, Christopher Louis Jones Jr., was born. He came into the world blue, not breathing… [more]