I received this heartwarming story of how one of my beautiful visitors, who was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis (an inflammation of the kidneys caused by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease. It is a type of glomerulonephritis in which the glomeruli become inflamed), while on dialysis, defied all odds to birthed two beautiful girls. This proves that God is indeed, still in the business of doing miracles. Please read…
Hello my Name is Portia, I’m a 32-year-old mom of two and I Just wanted to shed light on my story.
I was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis when I was 17. Having children is usually not ideal for people suffering from lupus because it can cause complications for the mother or baby. My health worsened after I was diagnosed and my kidney function was on a decline by the time I was 28. I had to come to grips with going on dialysis and preparing myself for a kidney transplant. I was in a long term relationship and we often talked about a family one day.
With so much stigma surrounding dialysis, I had to wonder if I would have a legacy and if I was even able to conceive. I had already had two miscarriages, I was just getting on dialysis and turning 30. Baby fever was prominent and it killed me inside to know that it was a possibility that I would not have any children to call my own. I remember as clearly as day, that I was so sad on my birthday because, I had accomplished so many things — multiple degrees, career but failing at the very thing that was supposed to come natural to me — being a mother.
It is not common for a women to have a child while on dialysis, there is a small percentage of women who have successful pregnancies. I was told that because my kidneys no longer work that I would soon be infertile.
In Early 2015, 8 weeks along, I found out that I was pregnant. My partner and I were both happy and scared at the same time, we had already been through this disappointment twice over. I went from going to dialysis normally three days a week to going six days a week while pregnant. I also worked six days out of the week to make up for all the time I spent outside of work making sure my blood was clean and toxins were removed from my body.
This was not easy by a long shot, it took a lot of prayer and determination to get myself through it. 31 weeks and 6-days into my pregnancy, I had a 3lb 12 ounce baby girl named Serenity. She stayed in the hospital for three weeks and was discharged to her parents. I am blessed to say that twice in two years, I’ve had the opportunity of delivering two baby girls prematurely, who are healthy with no complications, health issues or delays. Serenity born 8/10/15 and Liora Born 8/7/17.
When asked if I’d do it again, I tell people, in a heartbeat.
At 30, sitting in my apartment, crying and wondering if I’d ever be a mother, I never would have thought that at 32, I’d be a mother of two.
Most people look at Dialysis as the end or a near death experience. My children were given to me to show me that this experience is the complete opposite of the end for me, it’s the beginning.
My message is, God has the last say and anything is possible, never limit yourself.
Peace and Love.