I’m Diana Stone, editor and owner of Still Standing Magazine, LLC.
My journey with writing online started after the birth of my first daughter, Bella, in 2009. I wrote about anything and everything to do with motherhood on my blog, and slowly worked my way to other sites (including Still Standing) to write for them too.
I’ve been married for 16 years (at the ripe age of 19) to my Marine/Army medically retired husband. I love to cook, travel, read, write, and plan trips for our family. I’m a homeschooling mom who also works from home full time.
Our story with loss started in 2012, during a surprise twin pregnancy. Our sons Preston and Julian were identical twins born too soon at 20 weeks in May of 2012. After a week-long battle to keep them alive, they only lived a brief time in my arms.
After a failed international adoption, we became pregnant with Kaden, born in August of 2013 full-term after a hard pregnancy. He was perfect – and the day we 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 3 weeks later in my arms.
In 2014, we attempted another adoption, domestic, and two months in the potential birth mother changed her mind.
In November 2014, World Vision invited me to travel with them to Zimbabwe, learning about their work with infant and maternal health and the severe mortality rates. It changed my life – prompting me to return to school as a grief and loss counselor this coming fall.
In February of 2015 we, quite unexpectedly, found out I was pregnant with our daughter Charlotte. I went through 9 hard months of waiting and unable to take any medication due to the rareness of the virus ciHHV-6. Having hyperemesis, for the fourth time, made this even worse. But by the grace of God, we were able to bring her home in October of that year; happy, whole and healthy.
In December of 2017, the founder of Still Standing, Franchesca Cox, offered me the chance to take over as editor-in-chief. The next year of running this incredible site proved to be healing, triggering, overwhelming, and incredibly humbling. I took it completely over the summer of 2018, and can’t imagine anything much more fulfilling than sharing YOUR words with so many others who know our pain.
You can read my work on World Vision, Babble, Liberating Working Moms, Simple Homeschool, Mom.me, She Reads Truth, Still Standing Magazine, The New York Times, Yahoo, Military Family, and The Huffington Post.
I’ve spoken at the Influence Conference, on several podcasts, and a live panel with HuffPo. My passion is advocating for women’s physical and mental health rights during and after the loss of a child at any stage. I’d love to be a part of your retreat/conference/event. Contact me to chat more and for our media kit.