I am an optimistic person by nature.  I can’t imagine a world without hope…  so I tend to think, plan for the positive, but I tend to have a “plan B” since life doesn’t always turn out as planned (e.g. my miscarriage).  I know that optimistic people are healthier, happier, have better relationships, …  why wouldn’t you want to be optimistic?Since Jan 2nd of this year I have seen lots of drs; well over 40 appointments in 3 months. It has been crazy juggling medical stuff, family, work (day job and http://www.ourhopeplace.com) The result of all these appointments has been 1 in office procedure and 1 day surgery.  I have had every organ scanned, scoped and prodded.  Sometimes I feel like an experiment.  The good news is that while the procedure and surgery were needed, all is good.  Right now I am recovering, going through follow up testing, and I wonder if the pain in my right breast will ever go away….  so needless to say now that (hopefully) the worst is over, I am very thankful and looking forward to getting back to my life!  

Miscarriage is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a woman.  There are over 1 million in the US each year.  You may have had one.  Do you know how many of your friends have had them?  It is something rarely talked about.  Why should women suffer in silence?  This blog is dedicated to friends to help friends cope, hope and heal.   We want to reach out to help change the world for the better; one friend at a time.  We are women who have experienced miscarriage and have gone on to heal.  This “miscarriage sisterhood” is a group we did not wish to join, but life doesn’t always turn out like you plan.  We want women and their families who suffer from miscarriage to know they are not alone, we want to give  hope, and help change her world for the better.To us, there seemed to be a need to provide some guidance and tools as how to talk to and console a friend who has suffered a miscarriage.  While we found many technical experts and websites, all these miscarriage facts didn’t offer us any comfort, and they left us feeling cold and empty.  Other miscarriage sites allow you to pour out your emotions, this left us feeling drained.  We needed help, we needed hope, and we needed healing.  So here we are. Linda Layne, cultural anthropologist and author of Motherhood Lost: A Feminist Account of Pregnancy Loss in America, believes when a pregnancy is cut short, women are left hanging betwixt and between.  “Gift giving is a powerful way of offering support,” says Layne.  “By giving someone who has had a miscarriage a comfort item like those available through http://www.OurHopePlace.com, one offers concrete acknowledgment of a painful loss which, more often than not, is ignored or downplayed.”Miscarriage is all too common.  Almost one in four pregnancies end in a miscarriage.  There are almost one million miscarriages each year in the U.S. alone.  By sharing this information with you, we hope you find comfort  for yourself, your friend, or loved one.  Help us help women and their families.