Loan Woll found out that she was pregnant on June 12, 2016. She and her husband, Ben, cried tears of joy, especially since Woll had experienced a miscarriage in March 2016.
The baby’s due date was February 24, 2017. The couple knew that 2017 would be the year that changed their lives.
Their lives, particularly Woll’s, certainly would change. The changes were not what they had in mind, though.
Woll had bloodwork done when she was 19 weeks pregnant. It revealed that she was anemic.
An iron supplement was prescribed. Woll was told not to Google her symptoms or blood work results as she would scare herself into thinking she had “leukemia or something.”
She felt faint when she woke up on January 13. Then, she started vomiting blood.
Woll, 34 weeks pregnant at the time, was rushed to the ER. Her hemoglobin level was at the critical level of only 47.
It was so low that it was similar to that of somebody who had been stabbed. Doctors started her on a blood transfusion right away.
Woll told The Daily Advertiser, “I held my son for 10 minutes before I could even look at him. I thought, maybe if I don’t look at him, I won’t be so attached, you know?”
Despite bearing the double blow of dealing with a stillborn son and cancer, Woll set up a GoFundMe to raise money, not for herself, but for three different organizations supporting cancer research, the empowerment of women with cancer, and parents who have stillborn babies. Woll has found hope in her personal tragedies and has powerfully extended that hope to others.
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