For A Great Cause

Many of you know the reason behind the name of my company, Kelsi’s Closet Jewelbox, but some of you may not. Kelsi is my second daughter. She was born 16 weeks early, yes, really. She weighed only 13 oz. and was 8 1/2″ long. My sweet baby came out crying and it shattered the silence in the OR. None of us expected to hear a sound. Why was she born so soon? I had developed Preeclampsia, a condition that happens only in pregnancy. Some cases are far more severe than others. I was already a preeclampsia survivor and I had no idea that it could take the life of a baby, or mother for that matter, but it does, and it did for me. Kelsi_foot

I am a very fortunate person to be sitting at my computer typing this out at this very moment. I was very sick and my liver was beginning to shut down. But I recovered. I have many friends who have not recovered. I have friends that went into seizures, heart, liver and kidney failure. Some have had strokes and sadly, I have lost a few friends, and there are many others that I have never known who have lost their lives to Preeclampsia.

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I have had four children. I have had preeclampsia twice and I would have had it with my last baby had we not delivered her at 29 weeks. But it was right there and the doctor saw no need for me to suffer through it again.

My sweet angel Kelsi did not survive. But by sharing our experience, other babies and mothers have. People may get sick of me talking about it, but I vow that no mother will have to go through what I did because of a lack of knowledge because I didn’t share.

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This weekend the Preeclampsia Foundation is having one of their annual walks in Portland. It is on Saturday. I didn’t realize the date was so close, so I am getting a very late start on things, but I have set up a team: Kelsi’s Angels. I have set a goal to raise $100, though I would really hope that I might be able to do more than that. If you are able, it is a great cause to support.  Donations can be made at: The Kelsi’s Angels Team Page.

You may already be aware, but I also donate a portion of the sales from the Wire Angel Tutorial that I created in honor of Kelsi. So it is also another great way to support the PE Foundation.

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Thank you all for your support.

16 thoughts on “For A Great Cause

  1. Vicky aka Aranwen

    Thank you for sharing your story, I’m sure it must be hard for you. I personally hadn’t heard of that condition before, so here is one woman you certainly educated. Best wishes for you and your family 🙂

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  2. Duane

    It is for a great cause, so we I kicked in a little. Thankfully my wife didn’t develop symptoms until the 35th week.

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  3. Penny Hummel

    We have a little granddaughter in our family who was born at 30 weeks. She had her fifth birthday last December. She has had many health challenges in her time on Earth. Every day is a miracle. Sending love to you in the loss of your Kelsi.. I have purchased the Angel tutorial, as I am always looking for gifts for my co-workers. I will absolutely give proper credit to you for this lovely design.. Many Blessings, Penny Hummel

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  4. Melissa Muir

    Vicki,
    It is interesting. More women and babies will suffer and die from preeclampsia than breast cancer, but almost everyone knows about breast cancer. I didn’t know that much about it until I had Kelsi, and I had already had it once before. That is one of the reasons that I am doing this. I want people to KNOW! Thank you for your support.

    melissa

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  5. Melissa Muir

    Thank you so much Duane. I am sorry that your life had to be touched by it as well. And I am so glad that things turned out well for you too.

    Melissa

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  6. Melissa Muir

    It really is a miracle Penny. We try to value every day, though it doesn’t always happen. Thank you for the purchase of the tutorial. I will be donating 100% of it to the Preeclampsia Foundation.

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  7. Grace Brown

    I sent an email and pledged $15 but I can’t figure out how to pay. Can you send me an address? Thanks for giving something wonderful to your subscribers and getting healed too.

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  8. Melissa Muir

    Grace,

    Thank you so much. I really appreciate the support. The preeclampsia foundation address is:
    Preeclampsia Foundation
    6767 N Wickham Road,
    Suite 400
    Melbourne, FL 32940

    You can just let them know the donation is for Kelsi’s Angels or in honor of Kelsi Muir. 

    <3 Melissa
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  9. Jeanne Wagner

    I am so sorry that you lost your baby. Words are so inadequate… I want to thank you for your warning about this condition. I did know about it. However, the women I know who have dealt with it act as if it is nothing. No big deal…”so many women go through it” it’s so common. Like a cold. I am shocked that they would treat it so casually. Makes me wonder if that is what the doctors are doing (and the women, trusting the doctors, treat it that way too not knowing any better) – treating it as if it is no big deal. That would be criminal. I had NO idea it was so dangerous. Thank you for educating others, I will research this more.

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  10. Melissa Muir

    Thank you Jeanne. 

    It really is sad and amazing that people don’t take it as serious. Although, I didn’t with Kelsi at first either. I had already had PE once and everything was fine with both of us. I had no idea that it could be as bad as it was. Your comment is exactly why I share. Thank you.
    Melissa
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