A little over two months ago this idea for an online magazine for bereaved parents and infertility popped into my head. I left Blissdom in February feeling like I could do anything I set my heart to. When I began dropping hints about the idea on my facebook page, the response was overwhelming. It became increasingly obvious that there was a need for this.
A real magazine for bereaved parents – who just like any other community and walk of life – want to feel normal, connected by a common thread. Though tragic, it is somewhat comforting that we don’t walk these dark paths alone.
The idea quickly formed and I spent the better part of that day tossing around words and ideas for the name of this magazine.
Finally, I found a name that was not only unique to the rest of the world, but representative of the women I’ve befriended over the years. Representative of the resilience, hope and steadfastness I see in them to not only survive, but embrace life even after enduring what seems to be the perfect storm in each of their lives.
It is with so much gratitude and love, that I welcome you to our online magazine, Still Standing.
After the numbness that somewhat paralyzes you into limbo and launches you back into the real world… after the anger, and the frustration and the never-ending cycles of the so-called stages of grief, we hope you might find the courage to embrace life. Embracing life is not an easy step to take, but it is possible. One day at a time, one moment at a time.
I don’t want be on the sidelines anymore. I want to live, because I deserve it.
And you do too.
I hope you had a chance to meet our contributors on their blogs last week but in case you missed them, you can read about each of these amazing ladies here. Each of our writers will be bringing her unique experience and voice to hopefully allow our magazine appeal to a large audience of so many unique and different situations.
We hope you find comfort, inspiration and a community here. Please consider sharing this magazine with your OBGYN, fertility clinic, perinatologists, neonatologists, NICU nurses and the like. We would like nothing more than to become a trusted resource for families experiencing loss and infertility.
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Franchesca Cox is the founder of Still Standing Magazine. She is currently seeking her Master’s in Occupational Therapy, a yogi and author of Celebrating Pregnancy Again and Facets of Grief, a creative workbook for grieving mothers. Learn more about her heartwork on her website.