For years we’ve introduced our readers to our wonderful volunteers through our magazine and we would like to continue that tradition through our Stories from the Heart blog. Thankfully our volunteer program is still going strong after 25 years, due to our wonderful volunteers! Our volunteers are the backbone of MOST (Mothers of Supertwins) and we would not be able to support, advocate and educate without this very dedicated group of parents and professionals. We would like to start a regular feature on our blog introducing our members, friends and followers to this amazing group of individuals.
The spotlight this month is on our newest MOST Board member and longtime MOST volunteer, Treika Morgret,
a MOST volunteer for Nassau County, Long Island, NY. Treika brings to the MOST Board her knowledge and experiences within the field of journalism and from other national non-profit organizations with fundraising and events planning.We are thrilled to welcome Treika to our board and look forward to working with her on the many projects and events MOST has planned for this next year.
Get to know Treika through her story…
My triplet boys are almost nine-years-old. Bryan and Lucas are identical and Scott is fraternal. My husband, John, and I spend a lot of time coordinating schedules between swimming, baseball, basketball and soccer (depending on the season). John works a lot of long hours as a CPA but still manages to make it to most games.
In addition to being a volunteer for MOST, I am proud to run an affiliate MOST Moms dinner group. We try to meet once a month at various places around the county. I think it’s very important to meet people face to face. It helps build connections and friendships, which are so important for support, especially when you’re at your wit’s end! To me, that’s the best thing about MOST. It’s a place where you can find people who truly understand what you’re going through and help you without judgment. I am also in the process of writing a book about what it’s really like to have triplets, which I’m hoping to publish next year. In addition to finding time to write the book now that my boys are older, I am happy to have time to help MOST as a Board member. I am looking forward to using my professional fundraising experience to help MOST ride out the difficult financial circumstances we all find ourselves in lately, and expand into new programs and projects.
John and I had triplets “by surprise.” We tried in-vitro after a couple of unsuccessful years of trying other things. We were extra lucky that it worked on the first try. And boy did it!We were concerned about being faced with the decision of possibly having to reduce our pregnancy if we put in three embryos and if somehow they all took. So we opted to only transfer two embryos. Well, one of our eight-celled beings outsmarted us and split! And that’s how we ended up with triplets.
I remember that doctor’s appointment like it was yesterday. I had been told I was pregnant and had gone for the first sonogram a few days later. I remember looking at the screen and seeing three dark blobs and wondering what they were. It turned out they were the sacs. The doctor said, “Hmm. There’s a third sac there. Well, maybe there’s nothing in it. No, there’s something in it. Maybe there’s no heartbeat. Nope. There’s a heartbeat. How many embryos did we put in?” My husband took longer to realize what all of this meant. I don’t remember John uttering a sound for a full hour. He just leaned against the wall, reeling.
Later I called my mother and said, “If you put in two embryos, how many babies do you get?” She excitedly said, “One!” I said, “No.” Then she said breathlessly, “Two?” I said, “It turns out the answer is three!” I don’t remember what she said after that, but I think it involved a scream.
We spent the next month visiting specialists trying to determine what exactly we were dealing with. I was terrified of losing one or all of them to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. But I needn’t have worried. Somehow, we had lucked into the best case scenario – three separate sacs and three separate placentas.
At 34 weeks exactly, our boys were born, and we entered the chaotic world of triplet parenthood. The first four years were full of chaos, despair, peace and joy, in that order. Now we have more peace, fun and joy, and less despair. But still a fair amount of chaos!
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