Monday, March 2, 2009

A gift of Uncommon Grace...

When my friend told me the story of her daughter's pregnancy last year, my heart nearly broke in half. I could not conceive of her pain.

All had seemed normal with the pregnancy until an ultrasound showed that Myah was carrying a child with anencephaly, a disorder that causes the brain to not fully form.

In the days and months to come, Myah stood her ground against the advice of an army of doctors and specialists, who told her repeatedly she was carrying a child who could not see, feel, think or hear. She finally resorted to legal advice, fearing her daughter would not receive the compassion and care she deserved upon delivery.

Myah carried little Faith Hope to full term...celebrating the joys of her pregnancy the entire time, cherishing every moment of her daughter's growth. She saw her daughter (this child who 'could not think, feel or hear') sucking her thumb on the ultrasound, felt the baby kick and respond to music and her mother's touch.

Her blog tells the story of this tiny bit of a miracle child who, while she may not live long, is nonetheless living long enough to profoundly change lives. Daily, she shares her personality, spirit and joy with those who know her. I want you all to meet her, too...to feel the power of Faith.

This is a story of uncommon grace, strength, maturity and love. Myah's words are filled with hope and light and humour - there is no anger here, no sorrow. The maturity and wisdom of this young woman staggers me. Termination was never an option for Myah, who has an unshakable faith in God and his love. She trusts in His plan. Now her story is touching thousands of people across the web.

This is the story of Faith...

7 comments:

Shelley said...

Faith Hope- what a perfect name for such a gift to all whose lives she shall reach.
I know of a husband who was told either his wife or child would not make it through delivery and if the child did, it would be severly retarded (a word not used now). That was 40+ years ago and I am glad to have the privilege of introducing myself to you.
So many factors in life we cannot control or sometimes even understand. My heart reaches out to Myah and her family, my aplause for their strength and faith in all things good. Faith certianly is a sweetie. Congratualions to each of you.

Deborah Carr said...

What amazes me about Myah is that she remained so firm and unshakable against all these professionals. In her heart, she knew what was right for her baby and even though the future was frightening, she had the confidence and courage to stand her ground. I find this to be extraordinary.

Shelley said...

I have been following Faith Hope's site since you mentioned it. Such a joy! God bless them.

Gwen Buchanan said...

I see a mother's tender loving heart.

hele said...

thank you for sharing this. it has made me question so many of my beliefs and has taught me to trust more.

One Woman's Journey said...

This sharing brought tears to my eyes this early morning. Myah is a special person with a special child. Faith and trust - what would I do without them in my life.
It really is the only way to live.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

What an incredible story. Those days I whine about my teenager, I'll remember Faith Hope and the courage of her mother. Thank you.