waiting for a miracle

A quick update

on October 13, 2015

We have been overwhelmed with the feedback and messages we have received since sharing our journey so far on Saturday. I have started a short follow up but I’m not quite ready to post it yet. So that may come in time. 

Today  I had the surgery to remove our baby to send for testing. I had the contractions overnight and they got worse this morning. I was so worried that we wouldn’t make it to surgery in time to catch it but thankfully we did. Here are some photos of our short stay. 

Here is my prince, my hero, my best friend and soul mate. My husband Scott 😉

He took a stealth snap of me in my flattering hospital gown. These things could so come into fashion…. 😉

Here we both are just before being discharged. Can you tell I’ve eaten? I’m smiling. That’s sign I’ve eaten 🙂   

The food was amazing! All vegetarian and so delicious. 

Yummy soup.    

This was amazing! I asked the person who delivers and collects the meals to tell the chef that the food was fantastic! She giggled and said that’s not usually something patients say. She was surprised that I ate literally everything. Scott wasn’t surprised- he knows I eat more than most. 😉

  Soup and a bread roll, vegetarian something and rice, fruit salad thing, and an apple juice. Yum! 😉  
I was meant to be in a shared room with just a chair to sit on. I can’t thank the hospital staff enough. I didn’t ask for it but when they saw why I was being admitted this morning they organised for a private room for us. They were amazing. All staff today were so incredible. It’s the attitudes and care in times like these that make it a little easier. 

  When I came home I was greeted and watched by my furry bestie Zazu. She didn’t leave my side.  
So for now I am in recovery and hopefully my body heals well. We hope we get some answers from the testing. If I feel up to it I will finish my post and share if I think anyone might want to read it. 😉

Thank you all for your support and thank you for reading our first post. It means a lot to us. Thank you to everyone who has shared it. That also means a lot to us because it is firstly helping to bring awareness and secondly it might reach someone who feels desperately alone perhaps not feel so alone. 

With love xxx 

Oh PS. If you would like to follow our next steps for the future you can follow this blog somehow. I think with your email. I’m not 100% sure. We will share what happens etc over the coming months on here. This will 1-give our friends updates if they want them and 2-any others on a similar journey, it may show you some possible options. xxx

17 responses to “A quick update

  1. Amanda says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Sending tons of love xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Natalie Prinsloo says:

    Loving your smile Jen, the fact that you guys can both smile through something like this will bring a lot of hope and encouragement to so many! I’ve shared your posts with Melis and my Mom. They did not realise the FULL extent of what you guys are going through and have been through! Thank you for sharing it with all of us, it makes us feel closer to you both. We love you guys bunches full and wish we were closer to encourage you when you feel down and just support you in any way you need. Keep the updates coming! I’m so glad they will be able to carry out tests on your baby, we pray they will bring some light to all of this. Scott, thank you for taking care of my beautiful cousin through all of this, you are each others rock, what a blessing that is! Love you guys xxx

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    • Jen says:

      Aw Nat you made me cry! You are so beautiful. We miss you guys so much. We wish there weren’t oceans separating us. Thank you so much for sharing it all with the family there. That is so kind of you. Makes us feel closer to you all. Scott is my hero. He is so strong and takes the most wonderful care of me. Thank you for your prayers. Love you all dearly. Thank you for responding to our post too xxxx


  3. Megan says:

    Supporting you all the way my lovelies!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Helen McKinney says:

    Dear Jen & Scott, my heart bleeds for you both.xx

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Christine says:

    Thanks for the pics and update.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Deanne Herbert says:

    Sending love Jen. Remember you as a sweet little blonde girl in Joburg Central. Best wishes and will keep you both in mind. So thankful you have such a supportive hubby. x

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    • Jen says:

      Thank you Deanne 🙂 now I’m a tall blonde girl 😉 I remember Joburg Central. We had fun there as kids. Thank you for reading and responding. I have an incredible hubby. I’m so blessed. xxx


  7. Gillian Orchard says:

    Jen, I went to school in England with your Mum and to college with both your parents as you probably know. Our family goes back another generation with yours too and there are so many stories we could share. The one you told in your blog is important, heartbreaking and bonding for everyone. Thank you. My heart aches for you on several levels: ‘Perhaps firstly because I know what my daughter has endured with her own illness (Crohn’s), unable to have children because her husband was on chemo, denied adoption because he had cancer, being widowed at 32, alone for 9 years – and now trying to accept it is too late. I tell you all that just so you know many of us do understand and that you have not been singled out for this horribly difficult experience. “Normal life” is just that hard and randomly cruel. You are blessed indeed with a wonderful husband and supportive family. I was too when I miscarried our first pregnancy at three months. I’ve been through a lot since then but I still look back on that time as the worst of my life – and also the most life impacting. I’m from ‘stiff upper lip’ British stock and I had no experience of depression – but I glimpsed it “through a glass darkly”. No one told me my hormones were all up the creek as a result of the miscarriage. My body thought it had a baby and there was no baby. I learnt that months later and I’m sure part of your very real emotional struggle is also that tremendous hormonal upheaval. You will get though this and you will look back on these traumatic years with great pain but you will know that surviving with your head and heart in tact that you are a stronger, kinder and more empathetic person and that will go with you the rest of your life. Perhaps you can help others be survivors too. And perhaps like me you will yet be blessed with a child to love and wish you could do the hurting for.

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    • Jen says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read and respond Gillian. I’m so sorry for your daughter. That is beyond words heartbreaking 😦 everyone has their own heart aches. I hope she has had a good support around her. I want her to know its’ not too late. If she still wants it she can do it solo (so hard) but it’s possible and I’m sure she would make an incredible mum. And I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for your kind and uplifting words. We will get through this and it will only make us more loving, more compassionate and more accepting. Love and hugs to you all and a big hug to your daughter xxx


  8. Continuing to pray for you…

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