I got married 30 years ago, when my husband was a young Air Force lieutenant. Our first daughter was born five years later. We were caught up in a selfish lifestyle, making our careers a higher priority than parenthood, and we placed our firstborn into day care at only four months old. I told myself it would be fine, and I visited my daughter on my lunch hours as much as possible.
During my car ride, I stumbled on your radio program. A seed was planted and I felt remorse and shame for our decision to put our careers first. I knew what I should be doing, but I was a coward. Shortly before our daughter was a year old, she was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, and we were told she had a 50% chance of living. I told my husband it was time to reprioritize our lives and I would not be returning to work.
Fortunately, our daughter made a complete recovery, and we moved on to another base. I gave birth to our second daughter 18 months later and loved being a stay-at-home mom for the next 18 years. We may not have driven the fanciest cars or had all the brand-name clothes, but making our children the biggest priority meant so much more. To this day, our daughters thank me for always being there during their childhood. Thank you for making me a better person and for helping me do the right thing.
I Learned What’s Important After Almost Losing My Daughter
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