If you haven't noticed, getting Stevie's story out there and doing what I can to feel like I'm "making a difference" in her name is the one thing that I have found to be the most helpful in my healing. I'm not sure when I decided to try and become some "crusader" for pregnancy/infant loss awareness, but I'm running with it, I guess. :)
I started a new project that I am really excited about, but I need a lot of help.
I started a new blog/site called Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope. You can find it here. It will basically be a collection of collection of pregnancy/infant loss stories along with pictures of us, the women telling our stories.
I am basically going to copy and paste what I wrote in "about" tab on the new site to explain it:
Of all the feelings I experienced after my daughter died, loneliness was by far the hardest. I felt completely and utterly alone. I felt like some sort of freak of nature. This sort of thing doesn't happen to healthy, normal people like me, I thought.
But I was wrong. After spending hours and hours scouring the internet for other stories like mine, I realized pregnancy/infant loss is more common than I ever thought, and that it does not discriminate. It affects women of all ages, of all races, of all walks of life. It's not just something that happens to "other people," it can happen to anyone. I realized there were so many other nice, normal people like me who had gone through the death of a child. And they were surviving. That realization gave me hope. If they could do it, maybe, just maybe I could survive this too.
There are hundreds of women bravely and openly sharing their stories of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss on personal blogs, all over the world. Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope is a place for us to come together and share our stories and our faces with others who may be looking for reassurance that they are not alone. My hope is that Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope becomes a place for new members of this "babyloss club" to come and read hundreds of other stories, and see hundreds of other faces like theirs, all in one place.
It is also my hope that Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope brings awareness to the issue of pregnancy/infant loss. I hope that by telling the world we are not afraid to show our faces and tell our stories, barriers will be broken down. Taboos will be broken, and lines of communication will be opened.
I really hope that you you guys will join the movement by following the new blog, and submitting your story and photo. And please, spread the word! I have big dreams of this growing and providing many hurting souls with hope and reassurance. I have big dreams that by putting our faces out there, we can really make some progress in bringing pregnancy/infant loss out of the shadows.
The submission instructions are listed on the new site. Everyone who submits their story/photo by Friday, July 23rd, will be entered into a giveaway. Thanks everyone!
Ps. If you are interested in helping run this new site, or have ideas for where to take it, please, please let me know. It's definitely a work in progress at this point. Thanks again!
Pps. As soon as I get some pictures in, I will be changing the title/header thing so it's not all pictures of me :)
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