Some stories are simply unforgettable and worth revisiting. Your journey as a mom can be a tricky one at times, and we can all use a bit of inspiration sometimes. The story of Liz and Giselle Smith from Massachusetts has a happy ending where a nurse adopts a preemie. Liz always knew what she wanted to pursue a medical career as a nurse, and of course, like many of us, she dreamed of becoming a mom. Early on in her life, her ideas about having a family were stereotypical: marriage in her twenties, kids, and a large family similar to her own background. Liz felt, as so many women do, the pressure of adhering to having kids at a certain age. However, her own path to becoming a mom would be something else entirely.
Her career blossomed
After graduating from Villanova University in 1996, Liz moved on to Boston University to eventually complete a master’s degree in 2007. She focused on her career and even opened a small clinic in Richmond, Virginia. When she got out of a long-term relationship, Liz headed home to Boston and accepted a post as the Senior Director of Nursing at the Franciscan Children’s Hospital. The move felt right, as she had volunteered there 20 years before. Although her career was thriving, she began to feel like she had neglected her personal life just a little, and her family could tell. 
She struggled through her personal heartbreak
Liz was approaching her 40s, and her sister and brother both had children. She enjoyed being the favorite aunt to each one of her thirteen nieces and nephews, but something still felt missing. At this point, she consulted a fertility specialist for advice who was positive about her age and prospect as a single parent, but sadly she learned it wasn’t meant to be. Liz was heartbroken when she found out that she didn’t qualify for in vitro fertilization, and after trying other options, she decided not to have children of her own. 
It wasn’t until the nurses at Franciscan Children’s where she worked introduced Liz to the premature baby Gisele that her life changed completely. When asked by CNN what moment made her consider adopting Gisele, Liz said, “Really, the first time I saw her,” she continued, “Gisele crossed my path in a stroller and we locked eyes and that was it.” 
After she was born with neonatal abstinence syndrome Gisele spent nearly 5 months in NICU without any visitors. Liz explained that Gisele was then “transferred to Franciscan Children’s for acute rehab and that’s where I met her.” She spoke of how Gisele’s parents had battled with addiction problems and that the child’s condition was a result of exposure to opiates.