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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
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Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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It was four weeks yesterday that I had the miscarriage, and it's a milestone that's whapped me upside the head. I'm not doing so well, folks. Who knew? I thought by now I'd be moving on, and instead I'm right back where I started. I'm hoping that with therapy and time and some helpful pharmaceuticals, I will regain the ability to move through the day and its many challenges without crying or  unleashing my rage at some unwitting bystander (oh, my poor husband).  If posting is somewhat light over the next couple of weeks, you won't stop coming here, will you? Of course you won't. Stop nodding like that.

I've tried to respond to all the amazing emails I've received, but some have slipped through the cracks. And I'm realizing that taking care of myself might mean not spending hours giving back to everyone who was kind enough to open up to me. So if you don't get a response, please know that your email (and/or comment) was read and appreciated, and that I would write a response if I weren't so busy watching "What Not to Wear" episodes and staring at my hands. I lead a rich, full existence.

But did you know? I actually managed to compose my Alphamom column for last week, somehow. And that's not all! As you may have noticed over on the right-hand column, over there, I'm in the anthology "Sleep is for the Weak," (the best title ever in the history of anthologies, if you ask me) edited by the infinitely capable Rita Arens. I'm proud to be in such excellent company, and so glad that Rita persevered in her quest to get this book out. I can't wait to read it.

Reader Comments (106)

It took me a few months to start feeling like myself again...I didn't realize I was depressed until I wasn't anymore...if that makes any sense.

I probably won't stop back for a few months, then.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Who could leave you? xoxo

May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie
I'm so sorry that this is so hard. I don't know you in real life, as I'm sure you already know, but I have been reading your site for a long, long time and feel I know you at least a little. The fact that you are in pain makes me sad for you and makes me wish that I could do something to help, but it doesn't make me want to avoid reading your site. I hope you are able to find peace soon. I truly understand how difficult that can be.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie
1) I will always come back, hoping to read something new. See ya when I see ya!2) I must say I disagree with Kirsten: What Not to Wear helps 'cause there's always someone, somewhere with a worse hairdo than me, or that dresses worse than me, even on a day when all I wear is yesterday's sweats and a T-shirt from college...3) And I will keep you in my thoughts - sending good ones your way...
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKrys72599
take your time...i'll keep checking in on you...& i know lots of other people will too...cry til you're done, that's what my therapist always says...consequently the cuffs of my shirts are always damp, but i do think it is good advice:)
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteremily ruth
Sweetie, I have absolutely nothing in common with you besides the state we live in (and that's a stretch, as I'm down near Philly) but I want to buy you a cup of tea and sit with you while you cry your eyes out.

Don't feel compelled to email everyone back. They're not expecting you to.

Feel better.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly
I'm sure I'm not the only one who will actually come to this site more often, just to see how you are doing. That's not to pressure you to update more, tho -- those of us dealing with nothing more than severe seasonal allergies right now don't need to be cushioned from the disappointment of finding no new posts.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
I would still read your blog even if you didn't come back for a year!

Take care of yourself. We just want you to get better.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachael
hey - this is my first comment, but i just thought you should know that what you're feeling is totally normal.

one month after my early miscarriage, my well-meaning boss told me that I should stopp wallowing and try to "find my joy." I think my foot would have found a LOT of joy nestled in his teeth.

it just sucks so much. i'm sorry.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen
Welcome back!I know it's hard, we never told you to forget about it, I still count that I would be 5 months pregnant by now if that didn't happen, but you have to be strong, move on, and take care of the ones around you that care about you, when times goes on, and you feel ready to try again give it a try, you will have fear but have to be strong, I can't try right now 'cause I will have a Thyroid surgery soon but I definitely give it a try after it, be strong!
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTiti
Of course we will keep coming back. Well, it's either that or actually spend quality time with my children. I mean, come on. I cried a lot after my miscarriage, initially, for about a week. Then I stopped and poured myself into unpacking into the apartment we had just moved into and learning the new job I had just taken and finding a good daycare for my son. I continued this way for about two months. And then, I started crying all the time again, a lot. I HATED having to see pregnant women everywhere. Seriously, they were everywhere. I thought I would lose my mind to my own depression. I still don't know how I managed to stow it for those two months and then come right back and pick up grieving where I had left off. I don't know if I have much of a point to this, other than to say that what your going through lasts as long as it lasts. Don't feel bad about feeling bad, for however long or random it may be. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself and know that we will all be here for you regardless.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
I know that you will get through this. Whether it is time, therapy, or good drugs. Remember that you are not the only one who lost a child. I focused on my wife and made sure that she had everything she needed to get her through her grief - therapy, drugs, support groups, etc. It was about 11 months later and I totally collapsed - mentally, physically, and emotionally. It took me a few months to get back in the swing of life.

Your husband lost a child also. Take the time to make sure he is okay. Together you both will make.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDan
you know we're all sitting here saying 'of course we'll be right here, alice.'

i'm glad that you're doing what you need to do. xxxx
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterislaygirl
I just wanted to say that you're certainly not beholden to your readers...and they/we know you're healing. We'll all be here when and if you need us.

When I got depressed (horrid relationship), I watched "Crossing Over" with John Edwards and truly thought he was amazing at the time. At least you're getting clothing advice. [My wan attempt at humor]
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdiefrau
Thanks for your honesty. I wish more women would open up about the pain - we owe it to each other. I hope you realize how much you are doing to help those of us going through the same thing.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith
I admire your strength and honesty. You have love and support here and I hope you can feel it through your screen!
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBarb @ getupandplay
Have no fear, we'll all continue irrationally checking your site every 10 minutes for years to come.

...Other people do that, right? RIGHT???

In the mean time, I highly suggest that you broaden your mindless-television watching-ness. I recommend The Real Housewives of New York City as well as Mythbusters. The first because it will make you appreciate your life a lot more, and the second because who doesn't love watching things blow up? Oh, and Nanny 911, even though Supernanny is much better.

Oh! and cookie dough. You should eat that. In all seriousness. Go out and buy those mini Nestle tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips, and then use their recipe on the back for cookies. It tastes wonderful raw, and is the perfect vegging-on-the-couch food, guaranteed to make you feel better within seconds of consuming the first bite.

Aaaand, finally, feel better, Alice. Our thoughts are with you.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlly
Oh! I forgot to mention in my comment that now is an excellent time to ask your readers for things. Like if you need someone to buy Henry some new Legos through Paypal and send them to you, lots of us would be happy to. For instance. (there are indiana jones legos out now. the movie sucks, but the legos look kinda neat.)
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlly
Still hugging you uncomfortably hard. I know we're strangers and all, but really, just let me hug on you a minute.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMissusB
I ordered my copy last week. I absolutely cannot wait, and congratulations to you all.

Grieve as long as you need too, when you're better we'll be here.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie Viall
Of course you can take all the time you need, and we will be here when you are ready to come back. Hang in there!
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertracy
It's funny how much your heart can ache for someone you've never met. I'm so sorry you're still having a tough time. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your grief.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer (Et Tu?)
Aw, Alice, sweetie. Such a hard thing you're going through. Be gentle with yourself. We'll all keep coming back. 'Cause the finslippy? We needs it.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDawn
I will never stop coming here. I promise.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbetsy
Hang in there, Ms. Alice . . . take care of yourself and know that the passage of time will make things better.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
Meh. This sucks. It's OK that it sucks. And even if it weren't, it's still OK to be sad about it. I go back and forth between brightly optimistic and soul crushingly depressed, myself. Hang tight, but you know that already.

And anyone who stops reading your blog now deserves to be stuck in a room with American Idol on constant repeat.
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWonderSpot

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