As we continue to reminisce over the last 30 years Carla shares her story.
I couldn’t imagine how drastically my life was going to change when I had to be admitted on October 31, 2007, with pregnancy complications. In those moments, I remember the fear and anxiety surrounding the unknown. The first people to see me at the hospital were Family Support Network of Eastern NC Inc, and they stuck by my side, literally when I needed them. I was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome and for the next week and a half, I was sicker than I ever remember and the battle was not only for my son’s life but my own as well. At only 25 weeks pregnant, on November 7, 2007, I was taken for an emergency c-section. Brenda Boberg was the one who I pleaded with to not leave my side and to go with me. The support and comfort were invaluable in those moments of chaos, it was too early and my fear threatened to overwhelm me. Having her familiar face there to sooth and talk to me brought a consistency to a situation that was anything but.
The week that I had with my son Jackson was precious and hurried and I was still sick from the magnesium and c-section. I was discharged from the hospital on November 10. My baby was in the NICU and it was time for me to leave my room. All I could think is “I can’t leave him, I’m Mommy” Brenda came to my room and reassured me that he was in the best of hands. Over the next four days, we had many encounters with the Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. before our Son went to be with Jesus. Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina served not only as a resource but as an emotional support. You know God works in amazing ways and it was not until later that I realized what his greater plan was for my life. He provided me with the people I needed in the moments that it mattered most and I had no idea what an active role the Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina would serve over the next year. This story didn’t end here… It was just the beginning…. and Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina has been with us ever since. I now call Brenda family and could not have done this without her and her team.