My friend has taken this wonderful initiative of “Virtual Pregnancy Loss Awareness Run/Walk” and I am spreading the word.
These are her words below
Around this time last year, I had shared our story of pregnancy loss and was truly overwhelmed with the outpouring of love from all of you.
For those of you who visited us, sent us food, sent us the kindest most heartfelt messages, kept checking in on us, who read and shared our story – we thank you! For those of you who shared your own stories of loss, you made me feel less alone during this incredibly lonely journey and for that, I am forever grateful. Many of you who wrote to me were friends who I hadn’t heard from in a while and many were strangers who are now friends.
While I was so, so fortunate to receive nothing but unconditional love and support from my family and from all of you, many women I’ve spoken with since weren’t as fortunate. Miscarriage is still a very taboo subject in India even in middle and upper-class India. The inevitable speculation that follows often casts blame on the woman – her age, her coffee drinking, her work schedule, her diet, her exercise routine – the list is endless. As a result, most women don’t talk about their losses, and pregnancy loss is a very lonely journey – there are no support groups, no help provided by hospitals, no specially trained counselors. I remember looking out the car window one day and counting 7 fertility clinics on a single street, and I thought to myself, wow so many people want to help get you pregnant but if you lose that pregnancy there is just no help. It’s just brushed off as “it’s common, you can try again in a few months”.
This shocked and saddened me. It also made me want to do something about it, to start a conversation, to create more awareness, to break the taboo, and to help bereaved mothers get the love and understanding they so desperately need.
October is celebrated worldwide as pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. And this year Aditya and I have planned a Virtual Run / Walk and would love for you to participate.
Here’s how it works:
And that’s it, it’s that simple!
While the run/walk may not be as eye-catching as we would’ve liked since we can’t get a large group together due to COVID. The hope is that your participation will spark a conversation about this subject in your own circles.
Feel free to pass this along to more people.
Thank you all again for your unconditional, non-judgmental love and support. We couldn’t have come this far in our healing without it.