MAY 11

MAY 11

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

May 11

Sean Eric Fox entered the world weighing just one pound, seven ounces. When I saw him for the first time, I was filled with despair. He had lobster-red skin, his eyes were closed, and he had so many tubes that I couldn’t find a place on his body to touch. I tried to carry on as if everything was okay. I was afraid I might have to tell Samantha and Emma that their brother might never come home. As I sat by his incubator, my heart pounded each time a monitor went off signaling his oxygen level had dropped. I wept when doctors said he needed surgery. But no matter how high his fever raged or how much pain he was in, Sean never gave up. Brushing away a tear, I thought, If a six-week-old preemie can fight that hard, why can’t I? And though I wasn’t sure how, I knew that I had to be more like Sean.

As if Sean sensed my renewed spirit, he seemed to fight even harder, and after 12 weeks, he finally came home. I’ll always be inspired by the fighting spirit that saw him through those first hard days—and taught me everything I know about courage and hope.

Ami Fox as told to Dianne Gill

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