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Miracle of Life - How We Came To Be Believe Achieve Hugo and Roxanne

February 3, 2009

Miracle of Life - How We Came To Be BELIEVE ACHIEVE Hugo and Roxanne

Almost 2 years ago, we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. We named her Mia.

A miracle of life indeed, as all babies are. But our Mia is truly a Miracle in every sense of the word. She was born 3 months early, weighing only 3 lbs. Her premature birth came with many challenges including her underdeveloped lungs, an opening in her heart, brain bleeds and the inability to breathe on her own. She spent many months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) until she was ready to come home.

Due to Mia's medical challenges, the hospital recommended we use skilled nursing services to help us care for our daughter when it was time to take her home. After spending 3 1/2 months in the NICU with doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, x-ray technicians, occupational therapists, and many more....Hugo and I decided we just wanted to take Mia home, not the rest of the NICU staff. And the only way that was going to happen was if we learned to take care of Mia on our very own. We BELIEVED we could do this and We BELIEVED in ourselves.

Our journey began with learning EVERYTHING about Mia's medical conditions and the care she was going to require. We learned how to care for her tracheostomy and g-tube, administer medications, give respiratory treatments, bolus feedings, oxygen settings, and many more. We also learned special CPR due to Mia's trach. We were determined to become Mia's full time nurses! And after a few intense weeks, we were ready!

We ACHIEVED what we set forth to do. We became just as qualified as any nurse with a degree to care for our daughter. And more importantly, she was going to receive the unconditional care and love she needed when she arrived home because Hugo and I BELIEVED and ACHIEVED.

Although the homecoming and the journey had it's bumps in the road with Mia's frequent hospitalizations due to respiratory distress (lung issue) and surgeries, each moment has been a true blessing and there definitely has been more joyous moments than challenges. It was our belief in ourselves, our massive action and our unconditional love for Mia which led this to be our greatest achievement yet....to care for Mia on our very own.

Mia is currently thriving and healthy as can be. She shows us every day how Believing will lead to Achieving. And this message of Believe Achieve can be used in all areas of our lives. All achievements root from believing in yourself and having the courage to go for what it is you want. So, if there is something out there you've been waiting for the perfect moment to pursue, we say....We Believe in You, You can do it and Start right where you stand. You, too, will Believe and Achieve.

Many Blessings....
Roxanne and Hugo ~ Believe Achieve

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  1. Thank you for sharing Mia's story! She is a beautiful and BLESSED little baby. God Bless You all! <3

  2. Hi Hugo & Roxanne .. that's a truly moving story & quite an undertaking of unconditional love and belief that you could do it.

    I can testify to the little bouncing girl .. she's one strong cookie .. and will be filling your hears tiwht love and joy for years to come .. & ours when we see her!

    Amazing & thanks so much for sharing your Believe Achieve story.. execellent .. with lots of love & happiness across the pond to you all - Hilary

  3. Oh wow, she is stunningly beautiful! It must have been a struggle to get to where you are today... having to be first time parents is hard enough without having to deal with medical complications. I'm so glad she's doing okay. What do you think you would be doing right now if you didn't have children at all? Would you still have created this great site? In my opinion, I think you would have because your heart is pure and it would have lead you here anyway :)

  4. Truly an inspiring story from you two. What an incredible journey you two have experienced at such a young age. Believing in yourself can lead to your greatest accomplishments.


  5. You are both incredible human beings. Overcoming what most people would probably have given up on. Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing.
    Jerry Braack aka Barbershop Jerry

  6. Mia's story is so very touching. I am amazed by your strength. Thanks for the inspiration!

    PS I tagged you on my blog today! :)

  7. Hi Hugo & Roxanne

    Thank you so much for sharing such a personal story. You baby is beautiful and you are a great example to taking action and following your heat. The result is you can do anything you believed you can do.

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing.
    Giovanna Garcia
    Imperfect Action is better than No Action

  8. This is such a moving story...I felt every word of it; she is a miracle
    and she is beautiful. You are the biggest testament to your philosophy...that unwavering belief will lead you to achievement. You are great parents. Thank you for always being an inspiration and showing us which way to go...

  9. This is such a moving story...I felt every word of it; she is a miracle and she is beautiful.
    You are the biggest testament to your philosophy...that unwavering faith will bring you achievement. And you're great parents. Thank you for always being an inspiration and showing us which way to go...

  10. Hi Hugo and Roxanne, when I read your story, my tears almost came to my eyes. I carried away with the story.
    You have a beautiful baby and yes I believe it was a miracle. Bless to you both and thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

  11. You are BOTH amazing people and Mia is a very lucky little little girl to have parents with the strength that you two have shown. I hope both of the children realize their legacy to them is to believe and achieve!!!

  12. WoW! This is really a GREAT example! Will share this with everyone... AND YOU had turn the imperfection into Perfection! We are PROUD of YOU!

    In Gratitude,

    David Lee Y S

  13. What a wonderful, amazing beauty Mia is! Your story is so touching and shows how your love and support for each other can know no bounds. Mia is truly very blessed to have you both as her parents.

    Love to you all,


  14. Mia is sooo beautiful and what Amazing Parents she has! Thank you so much for sharing this touching story! You all PROVE what it is to Believe and Achieve... that no matter what you want you can Achieve what your heart sets out to do! I am honored to have read about your beautiful family. You will change many lives by sharing this story and your blog! Thank you for touching all of our hearts! HUGS!

    Many Continued Blessings,
    Jennifer May

  15. I'm touched. About a month ago my 25-days baby underwent a surgery and was in NICU for 3 weeks. To see your baby now become a little girl with no problem, it really encourages me. This storm will be just over. What we are going thru will be just like a dream.


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