The week of my 30th birthday, at my 20-week ultrasound, my husband and I were given devastating news. Our unborn daughter, Adeline, was diagnosed with a rare birth defect and given a 50% chance of survival. Our entire lives changed that day.
Adeline spent the first 18 months of her life in the hospital fighting for her life. While Adeline was gaining the strength and health to come home, the stress of living in a small ICU room and surviving off caffeine and hospital food really took a toll on my body. On Adeline’s discharge day I was only 10lbs lighter than the day she was born (9 months pregnant), and my stress level was at an unhealthy high.
While Adeline is thriving at home, our challenges are not behind us. Life with Adeline includes oxygen, ventilators, feeding pumps, medical strollers, a lot of sleepless nights and eating on the go. While 100% worth it, keeping Adeline healthy at home is both physically and emotionally draining.
In October 2017 I decided that in order to continue to take care of my daughter I needed to do something to take care of myself. I didn’t have the mental energy to plan my workouts at a traditional gym, or the finances or regular routine to workout with a trainer, so I decided to give OTF a try.
"I am so glad that I did- OTF fills a huge need for me both physically and emotionally."
The workouts are so fast paced that I don’t have time to think about the stress of my day, and for 60 minutes my mind is clear. My classmates don’t know my story, so for that hour a day I feel like my life isn’t so different from everyone else’s.
OTF has given me something for myself while also helping me stay healthy and fit enough to be the wife, employee, and most importantly the mother my daughter needs.
I burn for Adeline.
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