Before you start this, grab some tissues. And not one or two, like you feel a sneeze coming on. Get hold of an entire box, like you would before a This Is Us marathon. Because you’re about to be moved to an eruption of tears that might not stop. This is the story of Keri Young. She’s about seven months along with her second child and her husband, Royce Young, posted a pic of her sleeping peacefully on the couch.
Keri is pregnant with a girl, whom she and Royce decided to name Eva. Sadly, the couple received devastating news during an early ultrasound. In the long caption beneath the sweet pic of his napping wife, Royce went on to share the heartbreaking details of her pregnancy, and also explain why Keri is bad-ass inspiration.
“I thought back to the moment where we found out Eva wasn’t perfect, and how literally 30 seconds after our doctor told us our baby doesn’t have a brain, somehow through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, ‘If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?’ I remember our doctor putting her hand on Keri’s shoulder and saying, ‘Oh honey, that’s so brave of you to say.’ Like, how nice of you, but come on. Keri meant it. There I was, crestfallen and heartbroken, but I momentarily got lifted out of the moment and just stood in awe of her. I was a spectator to my own life, watching a superhero find her superpowers. In literally the worst moment of her life, finding out her baby was going to die, it took her less than a minute to think of someone else and how her selflessness could help. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced. In the eight years we’ve been married (and 15 years together) I’ve had a lot of moments stop me in my tracks where I thought, ‘holy crap, this woman I’m married to, lucky me.’ But this one was different. It hit me that not only am I married to my very best friend, but to a truly remarkable, special human being.”
Whooooooo. OK, take a deep breath. Wipe away the tears, it’ll be OK. But be warned. There’s more.
Royce, a sports writer, noted in the post that during NBA All-Star Weekend, he met an “awesome” kid named Jarrius, who needs a liver transplant. Royce said that meeting Jarrius inspired him to post the photo of his wife and his thoughts about her strength and selflessness.
“Keri has been in the trenches the entire time, feeling every little kick, every hiccup and every roll. She’s reminded every moment of every day that she’s carrying a baby that will die. Her back hurts. Her feet are sore. She’s got all the super fun pregnant stuff going on. But the light at the end of her nine-month tunnel will turn into a darkness she’s never felt before a couple hours or days after Eva is born. She’s the one that is going to deal with all that comes with having a baby — her milk coming in, the recovery process, etc, but with no snuggly, soft, beautiful newborn to look at to remind you that it was all worth it.”
Ultimately, though, the couple, who have a two-year-old son named Harrison, can take comfort in knowing that their daughter can be a miracle for another baby, another family — just like Jarrius and his family, who are hoping for their own miracle.
As Royce continued to look at his sleeping wife, he continued, “She’s TOUGH. She’s BRAVE. She’s incredible. She’s remarkable. She’s cut from a different cloth, combining wit, beauty, courage, silliness, character and integrity into one spectacular woman. And somehow, she’s my wife. Not that I needed some awful situation like this to actually see all of that, but what it did was make me want to tell everyone else about it.”
We might all want someone to love us the way Royce loves Keri, but more than that, we all need more people like Keri in our lives.