Over the last week I have opened up truths about the last year to a new friend. It wasn’t painful to be honest for once, it was refreshing. But something was painful.
I decided to write a short play for an event, which I did. Then I thought I should get back to the play I started writing last year. I found it and read through it again to remind myself where I needed to write more. That’s when it got painful. I threw my soul into those words and they bit me. I felt melancholy and close to tears the rest of the day, only feeling better when meeting the earlier mentioned friend.
Yesterday, I played the song I wrote almost a year ago which defines the miscarriage for me. I’ve played it a number of times but, this time, I started crying. Maybe it is just tiredness or maybe everything is feeling raw at the moment.
My husband thinks that it is the time of year. It is a year since I started writing again and I started learning to recover. Looking back on who I was then is like looking at a different person most of time time. I can sometimes see that anger though, glinting back up. I walk with my nephew and people smile at me. I don’t have that in the rest of my life.
Being a mother changes the way the world views you. Being a mother without a child changes the way you view the world.
The hardest thing
Is when people don’t know.
Comments pass by
Each one a blow.
The missing mention
Life was not good.
The jealous pangs
When people talk about
The laughter and smiles
Before forced to shout
At their beautiful gift
Present and true.
But I lost my gift.
I lost you.
One year ago
The heartbeat stopped
The screen stayed monotone
You were gone.
It stopped before
I heard it beat,
I heard it echo,
Dead, not asleep.
You were gone before
That dreadful day
The day my life changed
My faith went astray.
One year ago
How can it be
That time has passed without
In my senses you’ll be
My otherworldly child
In my company.
It has been one year since the worst day of my life: the day that honestly changed my life completely.
I wish I could say that I knew I was better for it but, in all honesty, I imagine that my baby is with me every day. I look at what I’m doing and think of how different my life would be right now if that heartbeat was still going.
In the year since my missed miscarriage, I have:
- Been diagnosed with depression
- Had grief counselling
- Self harmed for the first time
- Undergone CBT
- Had a PCOS (polycystic ovaries syndrome) diagnosis confirmed
- Suffered from stress so badly I wasn’t eating.
- Been diagnosed as prediabetes.
It has been one hell of a year. However, in that time I have also:
- Become an auntie
- Seen 5 friends/family members get married
- Seen friends become parents
- Made lots of new friends, including some who will definitely be forever friends
- Performed music live again
- Completed two charity swim events, raising £1000.
- Rebuilt my relationship with my sister
- Opened up about my problems to my family.
That last point may not seem that important because I open up on here but, in person, I keep my problems very much to myself. I have become much better at knowing that it is ok to show weakness and need to get support from people. This has partly helped rebuild my relationship with my sister. That and her supportiveness about the miscarriage all while she was pregnant herself. She has kept me as involved as I want in my nephew’s life, even giving me permission to come round and cuddle him whenevers I want because he is the thing that is guard to make my face light up again.
This year has caused an incredible transformation. Do I wish it had never happened? Of course. But I also recognise that I cannot change what has passed. If I let myself try, I will go insane. I remind myself to be thankful for the things that I do have and hope that everything has happened for a reason.