Every reason to live

Veronica Wilkins’ inspiring story of will and strength
Sept. 22, 2017
Veronica Wilkins holds her youngest son, Thane, who was born via an amergency C-section right before Veronica had to have open heart surgery.
Veronica Wilkins holds her youngest, Thane, who was born via emergency C-section at UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies right before Veronica had open heart surgery.

It’s been more than a year since Veronica Wilkins thought she might die right there on the floor of her Colorado home, her children standing over her and an unborn child in her womb.

Thane, who’s earned the nickname “Bamm-Bamm,’’ is starting to walk now. Her two oldest children are in their senior year of high school and school sports keep the family busy. There’s also Mac, a Belgian draft horse, who’s helped Wilkins return to her love of working with horses.

Veronica Wilkins rides in a cart pulled by her large horse, Mac.
Veronica Wilkins and Mac. Photo by Ory Photography.

Wilkins is frequently reminded just how lucky she was that day more than a year ago. On cold days, she can feel the spot in her chest where doctors entered to get to her heart. She’s forever changed by the experience.

“I’m more aware of my body and the things it does now — I listen to it more,” Wilkins said. “I am different because of what happened. I don’t take things for granted, and I’m trying to evolve and change as a person to be one of those women who I’ve looked to for strength.”

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About the author

Kati Blocker has always been driven to learn and explore the world around her. And every day, as a writer for UCHealth, Kati meets inspiring people, learns about life-saving technology, and gets to know the amazing people who are saving lives each day. Even better, she gets to share their stories with the world.

As a journalism major at the University of Wyoming, Kati wrote for her college newspaper. She also studied abroad in Swansea, Wales, while simultaneously writing for a Colorado metaphysical newspaper.

After college, Kati was a reporter for the Montrose Daily Press and the Telluride Watch, covering education and health care in rural Colorado, as well as city news and business.

When she's not writing, Kati is creating her own stories with her husband Joel and their two young children.