Originally posted on May 27, 2014

Yes, my parents in fact allow me marry the man who shed me.We were in high school as well as my future husband, John (the pleasant man he is), was cooking fried okra. The oil in the frying pan ended up being as well hot too fast. It went up in fires immediately. I was standing back against the wall surface and can not get out of damage’s method fast enough. My right foot as well as leg captured on fire. I instinctively did precisely what I was taught years previously– Quit, Drop, and also Roll. This lesson confirmed effective and I was able to put out the fire, but not before getting 3rd level burns to 11% of my body.Looking back,

it was the beginning of my security crusade.I wish I could state the journeys quit then or (at the very least) ended up being less remarkable once we were married. Not so.

In 1998, my first youngster, Josh, was birthed. Soon after he was birthed, he began having seizures. An MRI validated he was born with agenesis of the corpus callosum (missing the bridge that links the right as well as left hemisphere of the brain). Believe Dustin Hoffman in Rainman. No, we have actually not educated him to gamble yet, however he has an astonishing memory! Josh was also diagnosed with craniosynostosis, autism as well as is lawfully blind, among other things. He is additionally the most priceless, sweetest, as well as caring little guy.Safety, once again, became a significant focus in my life not only for Josh but for my second child, Reagan, who was born 3 years later. I figured, as long as I am about, I can keep my youngsters safe. For the most part, this showed successful … till it really did not.

The date was July 26, 2003. Josh was 5 years of ages at the time and Reagan had actually simply turned 2 years of ages. The story goes like this …

Household gathering

Numerous family members out by swimming pool

Took Josh inside to visit the washroom

Asked relative to change Reagan’s clothes

Family member assumed Reagan followed me in

3 years of age relative asked, “What’s incorrect with the infant?”

My sister sees Reagan at base of swimming pool in fetal position

Mayhem and also screaming

I walk outdoors to a person doing MOUTH-TO-MOUTH RESUSCITATION on Reagan

Eyes rolled back, not taking a breath

I think she is gone

Rescue gets here

Place on life support

Reagan survives

I will certainly never be the same

I assumed as lengthy as I existed to safeguard my kids, absolutely nothing would/could occur. I was currently overprotective to a fault at times. I have a degree in health and wellness promo as well as am a supporter in preventive medication. Prevention is the secret … I knew that!

With all the “experiences” we have actually dealt with, I have decided to make something positive come from it. I comprehend that I can’t maintain my children secure in all scenarios. All I can do is my best. My best methods: educating myself (and my children) in relation to safety procedures and also preventative steps AND praying. Lots of praying.I was contacted

by Tulsa Location Safe Kids Coalition soon after Reagan recuperated from her near-drowning. I was asked to share my story. Although painful, this provided me an objective for why it may have happened. Perhaps … just possibly … I might stop a similar situation from occurring as well as maintain an additional household from enduring a similar destiny. Possibly I can even save a life.This blog site(

my initial article EVER!) is dedicated to:

  • Every moms and dad that has actually sustained the loss of a youngster due to unintended injury.Every kid that has permanent, life changing difficulties due to an unintended injury Every parent trying their ideal to shield their children while letting them be a kid at the exact same time Every kid with special needs that require extra tools and also support to protect In 2005, Jennifer Sollars Miller co-founded the Autism Facility of Tulsa(ACT), a

501c3 non-profit organization. ACT is devoted to providing meaningful programs and also collaborations in order to boost awareness and also understanding, community participation, and also freedom for individuals influenced by autism as well as relevant neurological conditions. Its most significant program concentrates on safety and security recognition for people with unseen disabilities.

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