Kristen's Run for Riley
Organized by: Kristen Morgan
On May 20th, 2015, Doug and I found out that we were, to our surprise, expecting our third child. We were so excited-- and so were Dylan and Noah. Unfortunately, things did not go the way they "should have". The way we all expect a pregnancy to go. Blood work showed that my pregnancy hormones were increasing just fine, but the ultrasounds just were not progressing and didn't add up. I was terrified but tried very hard to be positive. Multiple ultrasounds later, on July 2nd, it was determined that the baby did not have a heartbeat, and that this pregnancy was not going to end with a healthy baby. One way of the other, I would miscarry. I was given multiple options, all of which led to the same end point-- the end of the pregnancy. I miscarried the baby, who we named Riley Faith, on July 3, 2015. Unfortunately, that was not the end of the story. I had a complicated miscarriage, ending in a hemorrhage that landed me at Magee Women's Hospital about three weeks later.....it just seemed like the process would never be over. Finally, though, it was.....which left me and my family dealing with the emotional and psychological aspect of losing a pregnancy. I have struggled despite the fact that I have a terrifically supportive husband, extended family, and friends. I've gone through counseling for depression and anxiety and am dealing with what "could have been". And I'm okay. However, I've wondered quite often what women do who do not have that type of support-- which brings me to Mothers of Angels, which is a support group that provides comfort, support and hope to anyone who has experienced a pregnancy/ infant loss. The group has been around since 2011, and they have supported many moms/families in various ways. My hope this year is to raise money to help support mothers and families who have gone through or are going through what my family experienced this past year. Miscarriage and pregnancy loss, for whatever reason, is just not discussed. I think it should be, and I think families and moms should have resources available to them to help not to just "get through" but to survive, thrive, and feel as though they are not alone. And that their babies, the lost children, are not forgotten. Because I am not alone. Even at my loneliest times, I know that I'm not on my own. And I will never forget our Riley-- I truly believe that someday, we'll get to meet her. And how sweet that will be. Help me support this group. The women you are supporting could be your own wife....daughter....daughter-in-law.....sister.....sister-in-law....cousin.....best friend.....neighbor....coworker. In supporting them, you are supporting your own loved ones. I was loved, and so very well, through the hardest time of my life. Help me share that love with others!