Guest Post – Staying Positive with Kerry

Staying positive in the face of the negative

This is a guest post by Kerry Jensen who over the last several years had to face many challenges. I asked her, “How have you kept a positive attitude with all the chaos that is going on.  Here is her story. 

Kerry Jensen

I guess you could say, that life for me over the last 3 years has not been an easy road to travel. In 2012 my husband and I were expecting our third baby, our third precious Son.

At 20 weeks gestation, they discovered my blood pressure was sky high, and then began a road of medications, weekly checkups and scans. We went for an ultrasound scan one day, only to be sent straight to our doctor at the hospital, he shut the door and sat us both down.

He looked at me and said “your baby is in danger”.

My blood pressure was still sky high, I had pre-eclampsia, and to add to it, there wasn’t enough fluid surrounding our baby. We were admitted to hospital that afternoon, and sent down to Hobart- 4 hours away from home, to a bigger hospital that could handle premature born babies. At 28 weeks, after a terrifying rush into theatre for an emergency c-section, and a very quick goodbye to my terrified husband, I had my third Son.

He weighed a very tiny 617 grams.

Ethan
His skin was transparent. He looked like a skinned rabbit, and we could hold Him in one hand. He was surrounded by tubes, cords and monitors, and spent the first 4 months of His life in the hospital.
His First Hat
After getting out of the hospital our lives were filled with the care of our three boys, and constant trips to the doctors and hospital to make sure Ethan was ok. Then in 2013, I spent five long weeks in hospital, on oxygen support. 

The doctors assumed I had pneumonia, but after the 11th try of antibiotics weren’t improving my lungs, they suspected an auto immune disease. After a muscle biopsy, and daily test’s, it was confirmed, my immune system was trying to shut down my lungs, and muscles.

I’ve learnt to walk again, been through almost a year of physio, chemo and intense steroids.

Well, how do I look at the positives in all of this?

They say, whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.  I’ve walked a lot of this journey,kicking and screaming for the ride to stop. I’ve begged for answers, and prayed until I had nothing left.

I wanted to run away, but couldn’t. I was broken.

So where did I put my trust? 

In the only one who was big enough to deal with these health issues, and strong enough to hold my pain. God. I found it easier to dump it all at His feet, I met Him face to face. He accepted me as I was, a broken wreck, needing a miracle. Life didn’t get easier, but my faith became stronger!

I learnt to see the small positives in every day,

I became thankful instead of fearful. I stopped seeing myself as a broken wreck, and saw what God saw… the potential, and the worth. I started eating well- healthy foods made a huge difference. I stopped needing to have everything under control, organised and clean.

We stopped with the sterile environment and swapped it with FUN. I became creative, and the joy came back. Life is only what we make of it.

Choose to see the positives!.

 
If you have enjoyed reading Kerry’s Guest Post, the leave her a comment, and you might like to follow her continuing journey to healing on Facebook. Here

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