Our Journey with Conjoined Twins
Abby & Erin
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
This week has been very surreal. It is still hard for me to even fully grasp all that is happening.
I want to start out by thanking everyone so much! The amount of love and support we are receiving is just unfathomable. I had never thought in a million years that this much support would come flooding in. First of all our families have been so wonderful. Their support is really what has helped keep as going as we learn more and more about this journey we are taking. Their check ins with us to make sure we are doing alright, their kind words, and offers to do anything we need has been so wonderful! We truly love you all so much! And then there are all of those people in our social media world. I seriously cannot believe the amount of people our story is reaching, and it is all because of you guys and we are so grateful! Right now we don't know much, but what we do know is that more and more people are learning about conjoined twins and that maybe someone who learns about them from our story will go on to do research and make incredible medical advances towards helping those who find out they are having conjoined twins, that is one of my many prayers.
I am also so incredibly grateful for those who have donated towards the Go fundme. It has already covered some of my medical bills and then some. It is such a relief knowing that we have extra help coming in. I ended up giving my job notice this week because of all the time I will be needing off. I am a nanny and it wouldn't be fair for the kids or their family to put that burden on them. So hopefully I will find some source of income to help out but until then, the Go fundme is giving me a sense of comfort. You are all so wonderful and we pray many many blessings on your families!
As the title says this has been a truly crazy week. Learning to fully grasp and understand what is happening hasn't been the easiest. First off I want to let you know Riley and I already love our children more than we could possibly imagine, and I think that is what makes it all so hard. There are so many thoughts that run through your head on a daily basis, will they make it? If they do make it will they be able to be separated? Will they be able to live a full happy life? Are we doing the right thing? It is really so difficult to process all of these questions and many times the thoughts bring me to tears. It is not an easy road but we want to give our children every possible chance at a full life. They were given to us for a reason and there is a plan in all of this, that we know for sure. Jeremiah 29:11 (For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.) We are choosing to believe that verse for a children, that God has a plan for them, and it is to prosper them and give them hope and a future.
A little bit of good news, tied in with a prayer request. I found out this week that I will be receiving pregnancy medicaid! That is a relief that brought tears. The prayer request part of this good news is that we are not sure if they will cover any out of state care. So please pray that we will be able to speak to the right person who will be able to get us the right coverage so that we can have help with all that costs that this is going to have.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Knowing we are having so many people praying is such a wonderful thing. We feel like we have family all over the world because of the many prayers we are feeling. Pray for a healthy pregnancy. I had a scare this week as I am having some issues with acid reflux that caused me a lot of discomfort this weekend. I ended up throwing up and there was some blood in the mix and that was very scary. They have me taking some medicines to help heal whatever caused the blood. They think it was caused because of all the stomach acids. So please pray this subsides and I will feel normal again because every little thing scares me now, and it is exhausting. Like I said in my last post this is my first pregnancy so everything is new, and this was not just new but very scary for me.
Please also continue to pray for Riley and he also deals with all these emotions. I can't speak for him, but I know he is dealing with everything in his own way and could use all of your prayers as well. I am so lucky to be going through all of this with him. I wouldn't have it any other way!
Again thank you so much for all of your prayers, encouraging words, and support. I wish I could thank each and every one of you personally. You have all been such a blessing in our lives.
I want to leave you with an encouraging verse that has also been encouraging me...
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8 Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
-medicaid to cover out of state procedures
-myself and riley as we still process all this information
My name is Heather Delaney. I married the love of my life Riley on 10/02/15 and we now have two beautiful girls Abby & Erin, who are conjoined twins, that were born 07/24/16. We are trusting that God is going to work all this out for his good!