Raising awareness and funds for SIDS
Wearing my red nose shirt today - 24 years ago Paul and I had the most beautiful baby girl - her name was Isabella Bethany and I got to be her mum for 7 wonderful weeks - unfortunately she died from sudden death infant syndrome.
It was a devastating experience for a young couple and our world was turned upside down. In our grief Paul and I decided to get involved in a parent network for support which was incredibly helpful. But it also motivated us to want to make a difference for others going through the loss of a baby or a child - we raised money, but we also volunteered our time to families in the same situation - taking the time to be there for families when they they felt alone or overwhelmed with their loss. We also played a part in developing procedures with the hospital and different organisations in our community to create better support to families.
It was an important time in our healing as a couple - eventually our lives changed as we healed and we started to build our family again with the birth of Annabel and Imogen.
I have never forgotten this beautiful baby and I am forever grateful for all she has taught me in my life. Such a tiny girl yet a powerful impact on all that her life touched.
Today I think of Isabella and remember how days like Red Nose Day bring awareness to Sids, raise funds to support families and continue to help with research. To this day there is no known explanation for Sids.
So today as you are out and about - if you see a red nose - take the time to purchase a product - because it can help. ❤❤❤
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.