Sims life has been one of a survivor… a survivor of grief and distraught after having lost a child. Today, she is using the journey, to help other women, who have had a similar experience of losing a child, whether through early pregnancy, miscarriage or stillbirth, to have hope.
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As a self-publishing author, Diana Sims has felt compelled to share her journey regarding the loss of her son, and the miracle that took place after his passing. She simply wants to let other women, who have lost children, know that there is still light at the end of the tunnel.
Surviving the Loss of My Unborn Child particularly addresses those who have lost a child, no matter the circumstance.
Diana is committed to humanitarian services whether in her field or position. She worked for many years helping customers keep their homes from foreclosure during the economic fall in 2008. Currently, she is assisting physicians and patients as a Patient Liaison. Diana is a California native and resides in Southern California with her loving husband Cory Sims, and three handsome Kings in training: Isaiah, Solomon, and Anthony Sims.
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It all started on Thursday, July 3, 2014. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a beautiful summer day, clear skies, and a nice, very much appreciated breeze from the close by Santa Monica Pier. As I traveled on foot to my 36-week checkup and ultrasound, the nurse assigned to me that day gave me a biophysical profile (ultrasound and non-stress test combined) that was sent via live-feed to my doctor to view. My baby King opened his hand and closed his hand as if he was saying, “Hello.” The doctor was astonished. She said that babies at 36 weeks’ gestation usually didn’t have those motor skills yet. She said everything looked great and made my appointment for the following week. Little did I know that King was really saying, “Goodbye,” and that would be the last time I saw him alive. I walked back to the office and stayed until the end of my modified shift. I gave hugs to everyone since I was starting maternity leave the next day. On Friday, the 4th of July, 2014, hubby and the boys went to Bakersfield for the 4th of July festivities. I stayed home since I was so close to my due date. Instead of watching fireworks, I rested most of the day and then attempted to do some online shopping with a ToysRUs® gift card I had received from my coworkers. I found a cute outfit that had a crown and the wording “King” on it, and I said this would be so cute since my husband had named our son King. For some reason, their system was having issues and would not complete the order. So, I mustered up some energy and took my pregnant self to Target to get some baby clothes for King. As I was walking around in the store, I felt King getting heavy and felt that he was finally turned over and engaged since he was still breech during the ultrasound the previous day. On my way home, I grabbed some food, arrived home safely, and left the clothes in my trunk so Cory and the boys could bring them up the next day when they got home. It was so hot, I had the central air on full-blast trying to cope with the heat since I was heavily pregnant. Neighbors far off were having fun with their families setting off fireworks. Cory and our two boys Isaiah and Solomon were still in Bakersfield having a ball with the family. Cory and the boys were scheduled to come home from Bakersfield on the afternoon of July 5, 2014. Instead, he said he had an urge to come home in the early hours of July 5, 2014, since he knew King Josiah “KJ” was due soon. He kissed me, letting me know he was there, and I fell back to sleep.
The Inspiration Behind Forever King:
Surviving the Loss of My Unborn Child
My son, King Josiah Sims, was the inspiration for writing this book, all the women and men that have lost an unborn child and/or children were my inspiration. I want them to know that I am praying for them, that I understand exactly what they are going through. That there is help for them and support groups for them. I wanted the extended family, friends, peers, church family, work family to know exactly what parents go through after the loss of a child. I wanted people to be educated to not isolate people that have lost a child but to embrace them and give them support of being there and listening to them. I wanted people to be inspired that life continues after a loss and miracles can and will take place. I experienced a successful, healthy, pregnancy and my Rainbow baby Anthony was born alive and well. I wanted people to be educated through my personal story to know that people are hurting and not just the parents who lose the child/children are affected but the immediate family and close friends as well. During the writing process I looked at pictures of my son that I had, poems that I wrote to my son and one my brother wrote for my son. I looked at ultrasound pictures for raw detail and to paint the best picture in my story so people could see and feel the very emotions I felt and experienced during the loss, after the loss, and pregnancy following the loss of my son King. I decided in writing this book that I wanted it to be personal and to have full creative control over everything from the cover to the content and how I would share it with the world, so I made the best choice and published my book as a self-published author.
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