Our son Graham Collins was born prematurely at just 24 weeks. Immediately, we were given terrifying statistics and knew the tough road that awaited us, but through our faith, we believed our Graham would overcome the odds, and that’s exactly what we did. We documented his early arrival using the hashtag #growgrahamgrow to encourage others who also experienced a premature birth at all the possibilities a preemie can overcome. #growgrahamgrow truly meant look out our Graham grow and watch the wonderful things that he can do. Shortly after Graham’s 1st birthday, Graham experienced a seizure that turned our life upside down, and he passed away in January of 2017. Read “Our Story” to find out more about Graham’s rare disease and how it changed our lives.
I started journaling when Graham was sick, and have continued since, always using the hashtag growgrahamgrow. It was clear, the hashtag lived on, but in a different way. It transformed from watching the physical Graham grow, to now watching his legacy grow. When creating this blog, I wasn’t sure where to begin, but knew that whatever I wrote, I wanted to share Graham’s story and how he changed our lives, but I also wanted it to be a place for me to share my walk with grief and our path to find hope after loss. Welcome to #growgrahamgrow. I am so glad you are here.