October is National Pregnancy and Loss Awareness Month

16 Oct

Yesterday at 7pm people lit candles all over the world in remembrance of babies that were lost. I was too caught up with a filing deadline at work and the loss of my Mom’s cat (Its a bad year for kitties, I don’t know why) to remember to post anything about this very important month/day.

 

“When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.”

 

Ronald Reagan said the above when he declared October to be the national month way back in October of 1988. I think the quote is very fitting. There are no words to describe a parent losing a child. You always believe that your child will out live you.

 

Ty and I struggled with deciding on whether on not to remember the baby we lost back in 2010. We decided to remember in our hearts but not by a physical object. Our reasoning was that it was so early on in the pregnancy and only a couple of weeks into us knowing we had a baby on the way. Our decision, was just that, ours.

 

I doubt there is a day that I don’t think about what could have been. This time in 2010, I was most likely waiting for a blood test to confirm that the shots of Methotrexate worked and that my HCG levels were declining.

 

I wonder that if things were okay and the pregnancy lasted, if Ty and I would be trying for number 2 now…. if we would have gotten married in May or sooner or maybe waited. I wonder alot of what ifs but I know I am not alone. So many women out there go through loss… whether it is in the first trimester to the first year and beyond…

 

As I have said before, I want people to be more open and discuss trying to conceive and pregnancy loss. The world loves a pregnant women… but does not know how to love her when the baby does not make it and that’s when she needs it the most.

 

I am going to continue to light a candle every day in October at 7:00pm to remember our baby, your baby and every baby that is an angel now. Also, at 7:00pm, I am going to say what I am grateful for that day and continue to look towards the future while learning and remembering the past.

 

 

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One Response to “October is National Pregnancy and Loss Awareness Month”

  1. Ovarian Cyst October 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    I could not refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!

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