“Gotta go through tests to have a testimony “
Last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing someone dear to my heart. To the world she is Salina Leverett but to me she is "Gma".
Today, Theevolutionofher celebrates her for her courage to tell the story of Zoe and Trinity Leverett who were born asleep.
This is her story…
On July 31, 2011, Salina prepared to deliver a beautiful baby girl when her heat rate began to drop. Zoe Makayla was born asleep to parents Alvin and Salina.
Two years later (2013) , the couple gave birth to Trinity Nia whose life was also too precious for earth.
Many parents, like them were not able to plan a first birthday party and most of them grieve silently for fear of lack of compassion.
For Salina, grief came with stages of depression that she described as a “plague”. No one understood the pain, thus causing people to stray. She cried for months, which during that time she wouldn’t get out of bed. Home was the only place safe from questioning and painful reminders. She sought counseling to dismiss the depression spells but there was nothing other than time that could heal this wound. It was within those months that she founded the Zoe Project and made jewelry in remembrance of her. The Zoe Project was created, “to Unite, Love, Strengthen, Encourage, Enlighten, Motivate, and Heal and to Empower“ women who experience loss. Even in pain, she made way for her purpose and passion which is helping others. She continuously admonished others to “Be encouraged “, allowing God to put things on her heart to help herself and others.
Two miscarriages and Two stillbirths. “THE most painful things I’ve had to deal with”, she shares.
However, despite all she has been through, it does not hinder her passion to give. She briefly flashed back to a recent encounter with a homeless young man who asked her for money. Eager to help, she did just that as she stopped to talk to him. This was a lesson to me personally, there is truly more to people than what meets the eye. We never really know what people are going through and it is imperative that we keep in mind that everyone is battling something. We must be kind, reach out and offer support in any way that we can.
I recently asked my Gma , “ What would you like to name your story ?”
Her Response: From Grief to Gratitude.
Today, we remember Zoe and Trinity.
Fact: 1 in 160 women will experience stillbirth this year.
Don't allow another woman to be silenced , do not let her go through this alone.