sleep apnea

‘My sister was dying. I had no choice but to be healthy for her kids. They would no longer have a mother.’: Man’s sister dies of Ovarian Cancer, loses 125 pounds to ‘be around’ to raise her kids

“Rachel pushed through chemo, radiation, and unsuccessful cell transplants to buy more time with her kids. In a situation that spun out of control, I saw one thing I could control: my weight. I didn’t need to have diabetes. I didn’t need high blood pressure, cholesterol. It was all a choice. When my father got cancer, I ate my way to obesity. When my sister got cancer, I changed my life for the better.”

‘I grabbed the phone and called 911. ‘He’s not breathing, my husband isn’t breathing!’: Woman recounts losing husband, blaming herself amid arguing, CPAP machine

“I hear him snoring from upstairs and think to myself ‘Crap, he pulled his mask off, I should go put it back on.’ I didn’t though because I have to fully wake him up to do so. He had sleep apnea and used a CPAP machine, pulling it off was a common occurrence. I went upstairs about 20-25 minutes later. Before I got to the room, it felt off.”

‘People went out of their way to ignore me, as if being fat was contagious. Others used me as a lesson for their kids. ‘Look! This is what happens when you don’t eat right!’ I couldn’t find happiness, so food was my escape.’

“My weight got to the point where standing was painful. My wife got used to my answer being ‘no’ to everything. The panic set in. Was my weight ruining her life? Was I trapping her? Did she resent me for that? Did she still find me attractive or fun to be around?”

‘Let them just hold their baby.’ He looked different. I’m filled with gratitude for her compassion.’: Couple learns of newborn’s rare genetic syndrome, encourages others to see ‘grace’ in their journey

“As we calmly talked on that moon-lit drive, my husband said something to me I’ll never forget. He broke a short silence. ‘If anyone would be trusted with a special-needs child, it would be you. You have the grace and patience to do this.’ I’m overjoyed knowing we’ve been included in an elite club.”

‘There was something wrong with his face. ‘It’s not fair! I wasn’t supposed to have a baby like THIS.’ My husband kept telling me the doctor was wrong, but I knew otherwise.’ Mom a ‘blubbering mess’ after ultrasound reveals son’s cleft lip and palatte

“I walked to the parking lot, then to my car. As soon as the door closed, and no one was watching, the tears started to flow. How could there be anything wrong with my baby?! I couldn’t even picture it. It didn’t make sense. I felt like I let everyone down.”

‘Why isn’t she letting me see my baby? I want my baby!’ Our nurse was stalling, looking for something. But what? I felt sick.’: Mom’s newborn diagnosed with Pfeiffer Syndrome, wouldn’t ‘change her uniqueness for the world’

“As far as we were concerned, we were going to give perfect to a perfect, healthy little girl. Instead, she was born with unusually low ears, a cone-shaped head, and a squeezed brain. NO ONE at our hospital had seen anything like it. I was in shock and kept thinking, ‘Why her? How am I supposed to take care of her?!’ I didn’t feel prepared or strong enough for this. I was grieving the loss of a child, the one I thought I was having.”

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