My name is Cheryl Stolz and I would like to introduce you to Megan. Megan was born on June 29, 1993 (4 weeks premature) weighing 5 lbs. 9 oz., measuring 19 1/2 inches long and looking a bit like an Elvis doll. This made the third child for my husband Karl and I.


Megan at 3 weeks old.


Three days after Megan was born we were introduced to RTS. I have to admit this was the hardest thing my husband and I had ever faced. In the beginning we went through the entire grieving process that I'm sure many other people went through as well..."they're wrong, she looks like her uncle"..."Why? I did everything I was supposed to do during my pregnancy"... "What are we going to do?" Until finally we realized we could deny everything and ask 100 why or how questions and nothing was going to change. The strength we needed to overcome our grief came in a very small package named Megan.

Megan spent the first 4 weeks of life in the hospital. She had a very hard time with sucking and swallowing which required an NG tube for feedings during her first 3 weeks. During her hospital stay it was discovered that she had a duplicated gallbladder (the second one is non-functioning), PDA, pulmonary stenosis, grade 4 kidney reflux, cysts on her liver, submucosal cleft soft palate, hyperextensive joints, and what was originally believed to be hearing loss (not true, it's fine). She also developed jaundice shortly after birth. She was hospitalized again at 3 months old for gastric reflux. The PDA was repaired when she was 16 months (10/94). She has a very large keloid scar from that operation.

1 yr

Megan at 1 yr. old - 1994

Megan - 5 yrs. old - Kindergarten 1998-1999


Megan is now 6 years old and is a true character. She's very vocal but only says a few words. She has a large sign language vocabulary and can sign in sentences (mostly "I want..."). She began crawling at about 18 months and walking at 3 1/2 years. Just in the past 2 weeks she's mastered potty training!! She'll eat anything and everything that's put in front of her without gagging anymore. She loves cookies and applesauce the most. She still suffers with constipation from time to time, but not as bad as she used to. She LOVES Barney, Pooh, Rugrats and Toy Story. Her favorite activities are playing on the computer, listening to music, looking at books, ripping the pages out of the books she looks at, swinging on her swing set, watching tv and riding in the car.

5 yrs K
5 yrs xmas 98

Megan at 5 yrs. old with sister, Liz and brother, Kyle.


Meg is the most lovable little girl, she loves to give hugs, kisses, and neck rubs. She's very close with her big sister Elizabeth, 16, and her big brother Kyle, 9. They are both very wonderful with her and protective of her, as she is protective of them as well. If we should raise our voice at Liz or Kyle, Meg is right there to raise hers at us.

4 yrs


Megan is truely a gift. She's has taught us so much about life. She's taught us that a perfect family doesn't consist of physically perfect people, but perfectly loving people. Her siblings are so fortunate that they have such a special little sister in their life to teach them such important values, to teach them to not judge a book by its cover but to open it and look inside. There's no more "why" or "what if" questions, just thank you's for her.

 She was outside playing on the porch and kept getting on the chair and looking in.  LOVE IT!  1997 - 4 yrs. old

11 months
3 yrs

Megan at 11 months old - 1994

Megan at 3 yrs. old - 1996

Because of this little girl I went to college and became a Registered Nurse in July 1999! Thank you little Meg-a-doll, I couldn't have asked for anything better.

Cheryl Stolz

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