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Episode Description 

Mamas, today we have soulful brave and self reflective mama on the show who is going to share one of the hardest experiences of a mother’s life-the loss of a child.

Chloe Pestana, mom of 3 who lives with her husband and kids in Oahu Hawaii, told me in our pre interview chat that she wants to help other families that might be going through a tragic loss, by sharing her own story of the loss of her beloved three year old son Legend. Her courage and grace in light of tragedy is honestly astounding.

Legend’s sudden death on December 23, 2017 due to a rare birth defect unknown to us called Arteriovenous Malformation in the Spinal cord, changed the trajectory of the Pestana’s lives forever.

Now they have a foundation in honor of her son called “Shakas for Legend” which honors her son and his passion for skateboarding (which started before he could even walk.) The SHAKAS FOR LEGEND FOUNDATION was founded to share our her son’s spirit, give back to the kaikee and share the love and stoke he had for life and  skateboarding with the world.

Through annual contests, SHAKAS FOR LEGEND Scholarship programs and merchandise, her family envisions sharing Legends stoke across the globe.  Chloe and her family believe that no matter how young or old, small  or big, we are all capable of achieving great things.

Chloe has taken to writing about her journey (which is incredibly moving I might add) in her beautifully inspired blog, and this is the first time she has shared her story in this format. It is truly an honor to have this beautiful mama on the show.

 

Take-Aways 

  • Being a young mother and the pressures associated with that
  • Getting married young 
  • The power of presence and how she intentionally chose to slow down when Legend was born
  • How we don’t often talk about or prepare for death in our culture 
  • How her family went from thriving to shock when her three year old son legend wouldn’t wake up one morning
  • Her experience with her son in a coma for 12 hours and then losing him that day. 
  • The darkness and rock bottom grief experienced by her and her family upon Legend’s tragic and sudden death
  • Facing a moment of choice between living and dying 
  • How she chose to move forward with life after his death 
  • How she talks about the loss to her daughters
  • The strength of her family & how her husband was a rock throughout all of this
  • Chloe tells us about Arteriovenous Malformation and it’s implications 
  • Why she wouldn’t have done anything differently had they even know he was afflicted with the Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Her experience with feeling Legend’s presence all around her
  • Living intuitively and spiritually 

Connect with Chloe: 

Instagram

Website

Shakas for Legend Foundation 

Nicole De Leon is the host of the Soul Mammas podcast, a mama of a toddler and two teenage stepsons, a writer, life coach and surfer. When not with her family or interviewing inspiring mamas around the world, you can find her in the water at her favorite surf spot on her “mom breaks.” Email her at nicole@soulmammas.com to join her one on one and group coaching session for rediscovering your purpose as moms.  

 

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