July 2008


While I know this blog is about helping women who have suffered from miscarriage, I had to share on another subject…. getting the right fitting bra. You have to check out this Bracumentary… it is 3 women getting a bra fitting! It seems to make all the difference in the world… I had to share… and if I can figure out where to get a fitting near me, I will be going this weekend!

Check it out: bracumentary

Tell me what you think.

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See link at bottom of posting…

I had to ask one last time (for a while we were in the lead, but we are up against some BIG companies and could use some help), the more we can get the word out, the more we can help women and their families… OurHopePlace.com is in the running for Fast Company’s reader favorite…

Information: Our website Our Hope Place (www.OurHopePlace.com) has been entered in the “Fast 50” which is Fast Company magazine’s annual readers’ challenge, a worldwide search for ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Fast Company’s goal is to remind the world of all the good that’s created when passionate people with big ideas and strong convictions are determined to make a difference. Please take a moment to click on the link below, read about Our Hope Place and then fill out the short survey at the end (under 1 minute to complete) so we can win – which means we will spread the word about Our Hope Place and help women and their family’s suffer less. Please pass this email onto anyone you know who would vote for us. Thanks so much for your time!

Link: http://www.fastcompany.com/fast-50-2008-application/fast-50-2008-application-75

From and email sent to OurHopePlace.com

Hello, I just wanted to say thank you so much. I’m 22 and I had a miscarriage in February at 13 weeks. Nobody in my family realizes what I am going through. I know its July, but I am still stuck where I was at in January. The due date is July 31st. Even my fiance doesn’t understand it. I woke up that day and thought that I had started my period. I went to the bathroom and had a contraction and the floor was covered in blood. I didn’t know what else to do so I jumped in the shower and screamed for my fiance. There was no time to call an ambulance, so I just stood in the shower screaming at my fiance to do something and he was just in shock. We were living in a basement and I had to be carried up the stairs because I had lost so much blood that I couldn’t even stand. By the time we got to the hospital I had almost bled to death. I was in so much shock that I was just staring at the wall. When they had told me my due date, I don’t think I had ever cried so much in my life. All I kept asking was why, why did this have to happen to me? There are so many people killing their babies, why me? Mother’s Day was horrible. We went out to eat and they were handing out roses. They offered me a rose and I broke down. With my family, if I don’t keep a happy face on, then I get lectured. So I kept a happy face on, and when I got home that night, I didn’t sleep a bit. I haven’t talked to anyone about what happened since January. My mother is completely oblivious to what I am feeling. She told me I needed to get back on birth control so the mistake won’t happen again. I just wanted to let you guys know, that even though its been almost 6 months, you guys have helped me so much. Through the tears I read through your site, and I appreciate what you guys are doing so much. Thank you and take care.

I couldn’t wait to write tonight. Today I saw the August, 2008, Ladies’ Home Journal – the one with Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts on it. The title is DS and RR on Friendship and Healing. All I could think is how friendship has strong healing powers, it helped DS and RR, it helped me with my miscarriage. When I read the article, many of the words struck true with me… thought I would share some here…

– “Never underestimate the power of a woman”
– “Friendship is knowing someone believes the best of you”
– What I love about this article is how they recognize what Robin has done is made it so we can talk about cancer as part of our lives. It isn’t something we have to avoid or speak about in hushed voices. How strong she is, and how much I appreciate what she has done. And how I hope that is what Our Hope Place will do for miscarriage
– “They treated me like Robin” — no matter what she was going through her friends and family didn’t treat her differently
– You need to be true to yourself
– DS thought of Robin’s diagnosis, “what right do I have to be afraid? And I would hate to let what I think may happen, or worry about, change what is happening today.” It is all about your friend, you need to focus on her. And Robin replied, “Which was helpful, because I was shaken. And to look at her and see that she is convinced — I need that certainty. Diane never wavered for one moment in her belief. That was empowering.”
– “Soon you’ll wake up and cancer won’t be the first think on your mind anymore… Before it used to consumer my eery thought. And then you realize you just want to get back to having fun, taking vacations, and living your life.” Wow, that rings so true for me, that is what Our Hope Place is about. It’s about thinking positive thoughts, its about moving forward, it’s about helping women and their families suffer less and begin healing.

It was our friendship that helped us heal from our miscarriages, it is our friendship that we build from to create Our Hope Place.

check out the article – I don’t think you will be disappointed – when you’re done, call your best friend and say Hi.

Please join us for our Ladies Who Launch summer networking event!

When:  Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Time:  6 PM cocktails & h’doeurvres

           7 PM speaker Ann Buivid & Linda O’Shaughneasy of Artemis woman

Place:  Fairfield History Museum

           370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT

Cost:  $30 (non-members, free for members)

To purchase tickets:  please call 203-292-3834 or email rhendrix@ladieswholaunch.com

Speaker/subject:  Join us to hear how Ann and Linda, co-founder and CFO of Artemis Women, share ow they turned an idea for a wellness company into a multi-million dollar profitable business in 3 years, while obtaining over $2 million in financing from angel investors.  In 2002, Ann and her partner left their corporate careers and founded Artemis Woman, LLC.  Ann has been featured in USA Today and Business Week.  Don’t miss what they have to share about scaling up a business past the $1 Million level, and the challenges in raising necessary capital.

 

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Hope to see you there!