HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - We are used to seeing swaths of pink during this month in honor of breast cancer awareness but did you know October is also the official Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month?
Today actually marks the international awareness day for parents and families who have lost little ones. Parents with shared and unique experiences connected in Huntsville at a ceremony Sunday as a part of Huntsville Hospital’s Resolve Through Sharing Program; one mother says it’s been her saving grace.
“It’s really amazing how a lot of us think the same things and you think these things in your head and you’re like, am I crazy? Is this normal? And it really is part of your new normal,” the mom describes.
October 15th is a bittersweet day of synchronicity and a catalyst for Amber Keith – it’s her little Kylie’s ‘angelversary’.
“On this day four years ago I lost my daughter. She was born premature and she was with us for two weeks – born on the first and passed away on the 15th. To me,” says Keith, “that was just kind of a sign that I needed to do something, like, ‘here mom’, here’s your platform to raise awareness.”
Keith has participated in Huntsville Hospital’s Resolve Through Sharing program since December 2009. She says it was through the shared experiences of the journey no parent should have to take that she formed the Healing Hearts for Baby Loss of North Alabama Facebook support group.
“So many people in the past were kind of pushed under the rug, you know, ‘you need to get over it and move on’ - and for us that’s not an option – moving on is not the same for someone else, you know, babies are not supposed to die,” Keith says.
Through the Facebook support group and the hospital program Amber Keith says she grown so much and come so far in four years – sharing and continuing Kylie’s legacy.
“She’s given us so much more out of two weeks of life than I could have imagined in a lifetime. She has surpassed every single hope and dream I could have ever had for her.”
Tonight from 7 to 8 p.m., bereaved parents all over the world will burn a candle to create a global ‘wave of light’ in honor of children lost too soon.
For more information you can contact Amber Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org