The 1 in 4: Team Hurst

Go to college, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids . . . that was THE plan. My husband, T, was no stranger to family tragedy and this was going to be happily ever after. That is how all the fairytales end, I followed most of the rules, and we were pretty good people. Like most little girls, I rocked my baby dolls as a toddler, had my live baby doll brothers in junior high, babysat through college, then worked in pediatrics and neonates as a profession … I was 27 and so READY! Well, turns out MY plan wasn’t actually THE plan. I had a lengthy story written with specifics of our 6 babies we lost over the 11 years of dealing with pregnancy loss and infertility, but that was so very lo

The 1 in 4: Logan Lives

What a difference a year makes. It was nearly a year ago that I sat in a rocking chair nursing my five-month-old son on a family vacation to one of our favorite places…..Disney World! Logan and I were enjoying a nice bonding break from the crowds while Daddy rode some rides with our other two children, Addison and Dylan. Life was great! Our party of five was fulfilled. Little did I know that just two days later, our lives would change forever. On March 1, 2017, our family experienced a tragic accident. Logan was airlifted to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children as the four of us rushed there still not sure of what was happening. We were in shock. This is the type of tragedy you hear about

The 1 in 4: Nelson Family

Our journey to parenthood started five years ago. We became pregnant and we were blissfully happy. Immediately we started making plans. My husband left to go visit family in Maine for about a week. During his trip I began to miscarry. I was so afraid. It completely broke my heart. Our doctor told us it was "normal" and probably would not happen again. A few months went by and we decided to try again. Much to my surprise we got pregnant immediately. Everything was going well. I went to our 10 week scan and there was no heartbeat. Again, I was shattered. We had a D&C the next day. After a few months we decided to try again, another miscarriage and another and another. This pattern repeated its

The 1 in 4: Carmena Angels

Maya Angelou once wrote, “And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.” All that any of us who have experienced loss of a child want is for the world to know that they existed. I was 33 when I experienced my first miscarriage. My husband and I were overjoyed that after a struggle with infertility we had become pregnant on our own. We scheduled our eight-week appointment on our 13th wedding anniversary, but at the appointment something looked off. I must have been o

2018: A Great Year to Run for the 1 in 4!

Two and a half years ago, someone proposed that we host a running event to fundraise for our new foundation. As a non-runner, I was quite intimidated by the idea. I had never even been to a race and had no idea how to organize such an event. But I knew that we needed to find a source of funding for our Financial Assistance Program and was willing to give it a try. The first step was to decide the type of race it should be. We knew that we wanted our event to be different from the many other races that fill the Baton Rouge race calendar. We discussed several different ideas but kept coming back to the phrase “running for the 1 in 4.” Then, it clicked! A Quarter Marathon! It was perfect – a n

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