Sadee, TJ and their two kids moved to Watford City on New Years Day in the middle of one of the worst storms of the year. Sadee was pregnant with their third child.
TJ spent his career in the tech industry and then, like many who make the move to Watford City, was without a job for a frustrating year. After finally finding a job in North Dakota, the Carney's bravely left their family and support system in Utah to come to North Dakota with hopes of a new life, new job, and new beginning. TJ made the switch to becoming an oilfield worker and Sadee spent her days chasing her two young kids while passing through the second trimester of pregnancy.
On February 21 of this year, things changed dramatically for this little family. Sadee traveled down to Dickinson (1.5 hrs away from home) to meet her new doctor, Dr. Hofland, and to have a her baby's anatomy scan. That is when they got the news, baby Eva had anencephaly.
Anencephaly is a condition where Eva's brain and skull will not develop fully. Baby's with the condition rarely live for more than a few hours after their birth. With all the courage that they have been able to muster up, Sadee and TJ have forged ahead with Eva's pregnancy. Traveling hours back and forth from doctor appointments, emotionally putting themselves out there to make new friends, desperately trying to build a new support system in a new home, and trying to love their baby for the short time that they have her.
Baby Eva will be born June 1st. TJ and Sadee are entering unknown territory as they bring this baby into the world and prepare to say goodbye to her.
We as a community ask for your help. While we cannot take this burden from Sadee and TJ, we cannot make Eva's time on earth any longer, we can lend our hearts (and pocket books) to shower this couple with some financial support. Even if you have $5 to spare, with our combined effort we can help this little family cover the expensive medical and travel costs, funeral expenses, and DNA testing which will help them get some answers.
Sadee and TJ have navigated this trial with faith and grace. Outside of the womb, Eva may live just a very short time to greet her parents. She will then go to be with the angels and her family that have passed before her. Please donate whatever you can to help us show her that our community is full of love and support, to those who have lived her for generations or only a few months.
To read Sadee's story in her own words, check out her blog at http://evaeverafter.blogspot.com/.
Sadee's story was also featured at http://findingjoythroughdepression.blogspot.com/2017/05/that-we-might-have-joy-sadees-story.html