Diana Stone is the Editor-in-Chief and owner of Still Standing Magazine, as well as a loss mom to three boys, twins born in 2012 and another son in 2013. She also has two (living) daughters. Currently, Diana teachers first grade for a Reggio-Emilia inspired school and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Her journey with writing online started after the birth of her first daughter in 2009. You can read Diana’s work on World Vision, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Christianity Today, Babble, Liberating Working Moms, Simple Homeschool, Mom.me, She Reads Truth, Still Standing Magazine, Yahoo, Military Family, Attachment Parenting International, and her own site Diana Wrote.
She’s spoken at the Influence Conference, on several podcasts like Happy, Healthy You and The Morning (episode 51), and a live panel with HuffPo. She’s also traveled alongside World Vision USA to both Zimbabwe and Ecuador to learn about maternal and infant mortality rates in 2015 and to help launch their Chosen program in 2019.
Her passion is advocating for women’s physical and mental health rights during and after the loss of a child at any stage.
Their story with loss started in 2012, during a surprise twin pregnancy. Their sons Preston and Julian were identical twins born too soon at 20 weeks in 2012. After a week-long battle to keep them alive, they only lived a brief time in Diana’s arms.
After a failed international adoption, they became pregnant with Kaden, born in 2013 full-term after a hard pregnancy. The day they went to take him home from a precautionary NICU stay, he was found to have a rare heart condition and virus that caused it.
He passed away at three-weeks-old in her arms.
In 2014, they attempted another adoption, domestic, and right before the due date the potential birth mother changed her mind.
In 2014, World Vision invited Diana to travel with them to Zimbabwe, learning about their work with infant and maternal health and the severe mortality rates. This experience was the catalyst for pursuing her Master’s degree.
In December of 2017, the founder of Still Standing, Franchesca Cox, offered Diana the chance to take over. The next year of running this incredible site proved to be healing, triggering, overwhelming, and incredibly humbling, and she can’t imagine anything much more fulfilling than sharing YOUR words with so many others who know this pain.
To have her speak as part of your retreat/conference/event, contact her.