When I founded out that my wife, Becky, was pregnant, it instantly changed my outlook on life. I can remember watching Becky change as the months when by, the baby continuing to grow inside her. I remember coming home from work one day and Becky meeting at the door with a big smile as she grabbed my hand, placing it on her stomach and repeatedly asking me, "Did you feel that?" With a big smile, she kept saying, "She's moving! She's moving!" From that point on I found myself constantly touching Becky's stomach and talking to my baby girl...
We named her Joanne.
The last few weeks of the pregnancy were the best. Becky and I would lay on the bed and I would talk to Joanne. I would poke at Rebecca's belly just to see Joanne poke with her little foot. While I was work one day I got the phone call that would forever change my life. It was Becky, in tears.
Those two words absolutely crushed me.
After the stillbirth, I was able to hold Joanne. She was 7 lbs., 8 ounces, and beautiful. After the funeral, I made a promise to myself and Becky that Joanne had not come into our world for nothing. I vowed somehow, some way, the life Joanne did not live would be given to another. I have to understand how very important it is to surround ourselves with family and friends who can help us through tough times.
- Jason Garvan