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Well, the Silent Hearts walk/run of 2014 is only weeks away and I will be registering this week to help raise awareness. This event has special meaning to me as I have experienced perinatal loss in the form of a Miscarriage. When I had my miscarriage, I felt as if I was so alone in my loss. Like know one else I knew had been through this type of loss and wondered how I would get through it. After attending this event last year, I learned how many other people had experienced a miscarriage or other perinatal loss. I am finding this hard to write so I will elaborate later.
Well I made it around the whole route, the Run/Walk is completed and I am planning to do it again next year. make it through the walk. Not because of the distance but because of the sentimental nature of the event. Once the walk started it became easier as everyone went as a group for a common goal and in support of watch other. The final numbers of attendees was 475 including people of all ages, ethnicities and reasons for attending. I had the chance to take my son with me on the walk and was glad to have him join me this year and hopefully he will come join me again next year.
Well the walk is tomorrow and I find myself with Mixed emotions which I will write about in a bit.
As you can see from the changed date I was unable to write much last night. I went to pick up my race package with my number and such in it. I was going to get a flag and had the words and picture already planned out in my head. I heard where the flag station was and was fully intending to go get one. I then started to remember the losses I have had and the tears started to flow. It was all I could do to get to my vehicle and regain my composure. I didn't end up getting my flag but perhaps I may try just before the walk. Off to get ready and hopefully my son will join me for the event.
As it is getting closer I am wondering if I will make it the whole way or not, getting some nerves. The big question.....will I be strong enough?
October 1st 2013, 2 of the organizers of the Silent Hearts walk/Run were on CTV Morning live talking about the event and why it was started. I have linked the video of it to the link below. It was a short but powerful segment. I like many of my fellow participants found it very moving. I am amazed everytime I hear another story of loss in pregnancy about the resiliency of people to overcome tragedy and loss. Some people just survive and others take their loss or tragedy and use it to help others. Saturday will be an amazing event and powerful message of support and hope for so many. The event now has over 300 people participating and that is not including the many volunteers who will help us walkers and runners throughout the event.
Well, I finally did. I registered for the walk part of this event and feel great about it. I also changed my facebook pictures and posted the link as well. I think this is a very good idea and puts a face to pregnancy loss at all stages. So many people experience a perinatal loss and feel that they are alone. So far over 200 participants have signed up and still lots of time for others to join. If you want to join me and others for this event you can register at the runningroom.com
Search for the runs name or Regina events. Hope to see you there.
The event is in its second year and I am glad I was able to participate in it last year. It is a great event and a great way to raise awareness regarding Perinatal Loss. Perinatal loss includes may times from miscarriage to still births.