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1 in 4 women experience miscarriage
By Denise DuBois
One in four women experience miscarriage. When it happened to Brad and Rachael Beasley the first time, that statistic wasn’t easy to hear. The second time was even worse. Shortly after, they joined the Broken Ministry at Golden Acres Baptist Church and surrounded themselves with people who truly understand the personal struggles the couple faces.
Together, the Broken Ministry has decided to organize a Light Up the Park 5K Glow Run. On Oct. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. ET, join others for the first Light Up the Park 5K Glow Run at Moon Lake. The race is $35. Register for the race by visiting the Light Up the Park 2019 event page on Facebook and clicking the registration link.
“This is a neat idea to remember our babies,” Rachael said. The balloon release at the end of the race is what she is most looking forward to. “When you’ve been through something as traumatic as miscarriage and losing a child, you’re in a dark place. There is light in the darkness,” she said. The glow run and balloon release will help light up the darkness.
Rachael and Brad Beasley
Rachael and Brad had a normal first pregnancy that resulted in the most adorable little girl. Caroline is five years old. On Father’s Day of 2018, the couple found out they were pregnant with their second child. Just a month later, they had to hear what Rachael described as the worst words of her life: “I’m sorry. There’s not a heartbeat.”
“We never expected this pregnancy would be different. I wasn’t worried,” she said as she prepared for the 12-week ultrasound.
Six months later, she found out the news again. It was Christmas Day and she put the pregnancy test in Brad’s stocking. They were having another baby.
“At first you’re so excited, but then you have a terrible feeling that something is going to happen again. We didn’t tell many people,” Rachael said.
At five weeks, they heard the heartbeat. At seven weeks, what they feared the most happened – another miscarriage.
“One miscarriage was bad enough. The second put me into a deep depression. Through the Broken Ministry, I’ve come to realize I would never be my old self again,” she said of trying to get back to her old self. “But this put me in a place to be able to help other people. Broken class did that for me.”
She wants other women and couples to realize they’re not alone when they suffer from infant loss or miscarriage.
“We want you to know we’re going to love on you and support you,” she said.
Jammie Gaddy and Britt Mitchell
Britt and Jammie experienced infant loss in 2017 with their daughter Khloe. In July 2017, she went into pre-term labor and delivered Khloe at 23 weeks.
“She had a long NICU road ahead, but she was such a strong little girl. She jumped all kinds of hurdles,” Britt said.
In one such hurdle, Khloe had to get a tracheostomy and a feeding tube.
“Her daddy and I were going through training to learn to care for her at home in hopes to bring her home for Christmas. Nov. 30, we spent the entire day with her – playing, training, loving our sweet little bundle. Dec 1, we got the dreaded phone call that no one with a baby in NICU wants to get. The doctor said I would get here as fast as you could.’”
Khloe had an infection that she just couldn’t fight off and passed away at 5 p.m. Britt was holding her in her arms.
In that time, no one knows what to say or how to support a friend who is experiencing such a loss.
“I’ve experienced good and bad responses to my loss. The bad wasn’t intentional, of course, however the wording of certain things goes a long way when it comes to a parent experiencing this type loss. I would say ‘I know how you feel or understand what you’re going through’ is a phrase I would suggest trying to avoid if I was trying to comfort someone unless you have experienced the same type loss. People will say ‘I understand’ but truthfully, the loss of a child is totally different and not everyone can understand if they have haven’t experienced it. That being said, just comfort the person. Tell them you’re there for them for whatever they may need,” Britt said.
She and Jammie joined the Broken Ministry and found a family in the people there.
“I know I can cry, scream, laugh, be angry – anything – and they will be there with open arms to comfort and support me,” she said.
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