Today (October 15th) is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. I’ll be honest, 2 months ago I had no idea this day even existed. But then again, I’ve learned a lot in the past 2 months…
You know what gets me about this day? One aspect (infant loss) is universally recognized as one of the saddest things imaginable (and I completely agree that this is the worst thing I can imagine happening). But miscarriage? It’s still recognized as a taboo subject. Something you just don’t talk about if it happens.
I don’t get that. My world is falling apart and I’m not supposed to talk about it? That’s ridiculous. I think there’s a lot of shame associated with miscarriage…like it’s something you caused. I’ve had to accept the fact that for the vast, vast majority of miscarriages, there is absolutely nothing you could have done to fix it. It’s something that is a constant struggle to understand though.
So I have a challenge for every person reading this blog today. If you’ve experienced miscarriage (or know someone close to you that has experienced it), write about it. Talk about it with a friend that might not have known. Reach out to a person going through this (but that you haven’t been brave enough to talk to). The thing that has helped me more than anything in the past couple of weeks is hearing success stories after miscarriage. And, not that I want anyone to EVER have to go through this, but hearing that it actually has happened to others and I’m not the only person on earth to experience it has helped.
If you’d like to write about your experience and link to my blog today, I’d be honored to be a channel for others to find stories they can relate to, or success stories after miscarriage. If I can help comfort even one person that has gone through this agony, this blog has done what it’s here for. Feel free to post a link to your blog below, or write about your experience in my comments section.
If you’ve never experienced this before, I have a challenge for you as well. Pray for someone you know that has gone through this. If you don’t know anybody that has had a miscarriage/infant loss, pray for those hearts to be healed that are too afraid to share their experience. I’ve said throughout this whole thing, prayer is the best thing that most people can do for us. I’m sure most women (and men) that have been through this can agree.
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