Saturday, July 17, 2010

New Project-Need your help!

Dear readers,
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 :)


Julie said...

kristin, you are fantastic. i wish i could meet you in person and give you a hug.

Melissa said...

Sent my story submisson Kristin! Hugs!!

Franchesca said...

Have you made a facebook fan page? Just an idea :) Just sent you my stuff!

Kelley and Chris said...

Kristin, I love this idea. I would love to help you with it...not sure how, but count me in. You might have my email address already, but if not it is I will submit my story and picture as soon as I can. xoxo

Lucid Anne said...

Please please please please please let me help run the site! You know I'm your girl! lol <3

Andrea said...

I will definately share my story, Christian's story, which is hard to tell, as it brings back so many memories, but I will gladly do it to help another in their hour of need.

So happy you are doing this :)

bir said...

K - fab idea! I'm happy to help out too, though it looks like you have plenty of helpers! Good work! x

Amanda said...

I just passed this along to my best friend, who is amazing, and a great advocate. I can think of a few other gals who'll probably check it out as well.

Erin said...

I love this idea, Kristin! I'm so looking forward to seeing the new blog develop! I would love to help, but I'm not very computer savvy, so I'm not sure how much help I could be...but let me know if there is a way I can offer assistance!

mommy4boys said...

What a great idea! I too would love to hep you with it. Just let me know what I can do. Submitting my stuff now!

Lisette said...

This is a great idea. I will submit you my story in a bit.

Hope's Mama said...

What a great initiative. I'm heading over now to have a look.
New to your blog. So very sorry for the loss of your precious Stevie. I love her name.

Holly said...

What a great idea!

MamaE said...

Yes!! Great idea! I'd love to help, be involved, submit my story... Let me know what I can do!

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