SECOND CHANCE MOM
By Sarah Jo Johnson: It was a year and a half ago when I lost my first baby. I was only 8 weeks along and days away from our first doctor’s visit when I found myself sitting in the Emergency Room. I remember holding my side as I experienced a great amount of pain and while watching blood leave my body. Minutes felt like days as we waited anxiously for the doctor.
It was like a really bad dream that I couldn't wake up from. Doctors and nurses coming in and out of the room where I was, drawing blood, running tests, all saying something was wrong without saying anything. After hours of uncertainty the doctors determined that I had an ectopic pregnancy. Meaning the fertilized egg never made it into my uterus, but instead, was lodged in one of my fallopian tubes. Within minutes I was being prepped for an emergency surgery. I remember praying and believing for miracle. I had no doubt in my mind that on the other side of this surgery was good news. As I was being moved into the Operating Room, I felt the Lord ask me if I trusted Him. Without any hesitation I replied, “of course I trust you.”
In a matter of moments I was being prepped for surgery. It was so scary. I had never gone to the hospital for anything, so this was all overwhelming. My husband BJ called our family and friends to break the news. In one breath he announced that we were pregnant and in another breath he told them I was having an emergency surgery. This was not how we imagined telling our family that we were pregnant.
An hour later, our dreams to becoming parents came to halt. The doctors had to remove the pregnancy and I was no longer pregnant. I didn’t understand why this was all happening. It was the hardest thing I had ever been through and the most challenging time of my life. The days to come were difficult as I was not only healing physically, but also mentally and spiritually. I had moments where I was OK, and then moments where I would just cry. But no matter the emotions, I believed I would be given a second chance at becoming a mommy.
And I did. One month later we found out we were pregnant again. With TWINS. Not only had one baby found her way into my uterus, but two babies. It was one of the greatest moments of our lives. 9 months later we gave birth to two very healthy girls, Kennedi Ila and Brooklyn Elysse Johnson. And they have changed the world for this Second Chance Mom!