I talk about my own struggles, feelings, and sadness throughout this journey, but in no way do I feel sorry for myself. I feel helpless at times… fearful of Poppy’s pain and future surgeries. But just as I tell other mothers who are about to deliver – This is not something that “happens to you,” rather, an experience in which you participate. I am grateful to be her mother, and feel every second of every day, nothing less than truly blessed. The hardest part… the only part I wish I could change, is the pain that she will endure. She is just a teeny, tiny, innocent girl.