debracassell7

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Prematurity hope and awareness
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Today is 131 days in the NICU. Trying to stay strong as our world comes crashing down on us daily

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This is my awesome son, Sam. He has fought many battles,being born three months premature and only weighing 1 pound 13 ounces. Being diagnosed with adhd, fine motor, gross motor and speech delays, sensory integration disorder at a young age. And a couple years ago diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. He’s the most awesome and toughest boy I know. He always has a cute smile on his face and is the kindness little boy I’ve ever met. My miracle and hero……. My son. This is a link to a beautiful story our local newspaper did. I hope it brings hope and inspiration to others ❤️

roanoke.com/news/local/casey-local-moms-life-experience-lead...

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Sammie the Salmon

I want to share our story with you. I wrote our book, Sammie the Salmon, when I was realizing I had to let go some and let my protected 26 week, 1 lb. 13 oz. sweetie become himself. I say “our book” because it’s a tribute to Sam and the fighter in him.

I made this into a book to give hope to all the families that are currently fighting for their little miracles.

My journey to pregnancy was a long and stressful path. I suffered multiple early miscarriages beginning at age 32. We went through all the evasive and painful fertility treatments available. After finally getting pregnant through IVF, I experienced HELLP Syndrome and was forced to have an emergency C-section at 26 weeks. He weighed 1 lb. 13 oz. Sam was in the NICU in Roanoke, VA for just over 3 months. His twin sister passed away from NEC after 11 days. She’s our angel baby.

Sam turned 13 on June 14th and is doing amazingly well! He is currently battling juvenile arthritis, but he’s a tough little ray of light.

The NICU can be an extremely scary place and the uncertainty of having a child so vulnerable is something that a lot of parents struggle with.

This book offers a ray of positive hope for other families that experience the NICU and premature birth. Good things can happen and our awesome Sam is proof of that!!

My hope is to give encouragement to other families through our story of love. To be able to share our experience in a positive way is a blessing from God.

Thank you and god bless,

Debra Cassell

https://sammiesalmon.com/