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Did the single most devastating crisis in your life make you a better person??
I can say that I have lived through at least one terrible experience, but I really can't say whether it made me a better person or not. It made me a different person, without a doubt. But better? I don't know.
Three years ago, I was pregnant with my first child. I had already had one miscarriage but everything seemed to be going fine. Then at only 28 weeks along, my water broke. I lived in a small town, so they took me by helicopter to the nearest big city where I was put on immediate bed rest. I didn't go into labour right away, but it did start about 2 days later. The baby's size was estimated at about 3lbs at that point.
My little Emily was born several hours later, weighing in at 2lbs 14oz. She ended up staying at the hospital for 6 weeks before we could finally bring her home. She weighed just over 5lbs.
It was a scary time, filled with worry and fear. But at the same time, it was so hopeful. I may not be a better person, but I would say that I have come to appreciate the things that I have and the people who are close to me more. I certainly cherish my daughter, who is now 3-years old. Maybe I have more patience with her because her start was so rough. Who knows?
I don't know if it made me better, but it did change me and the experience will always be a part of who I am today.