Shawn Johnson is an American olympian and devout christian. She was raised with Jesus in her life, and now she needs Him more than ever. Shawn and her husband suffered a miscarriage that truly devastated them. Shawn said that she felt responsible, she felt sick, she felt like she could have done something different. According to statistics, 1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage. Yet, many people find those numbers surprising. And that’s because so many couples suffer the pain in silence — a trend that needs to stop.
While celebrities live their lives in the limelight, they, too, feel compelled to keep tragedy private. It would have been easy for Shawn and her NFL husband, Andrew East, to keep their grief behind closed doors.
In a lengthy video her husband and her open up about the miscarriage..“The past 48 hours have been some of the happiest, scariest, and saddest times of my life,” Shawn writes on the video page.
A series of clips documents the roller coaster ride.“I’ve been bawling hysterically,” Shawn admits in the video. “Not sure out of what emotion, but I think a little bit out of every emotion.”
Like Shawn, the video shows Andrew wrestling with the flood of emotions over the prospect of becoming a dad. Ultimately, though, the pregnancy left both of them thrilled.
“To my future kid,” Andrew tells the camera, before he knows for sure Shawn is pregnant, “if you are on the way, I love you. I have no idea who you are, what you are, or what you’ll be like. But I’m pumped to meet you.”
“I can tell you, the day that I was told we were miscarrying, I felt guilty,” Shawn confessed. “I felt sad and I remember telling Andrew, ‘I’m sorry I lost your baby.’” This kind of guilt is so common, and exactly the reason women need to open up about their miscarriage experience.
“I felt like it was something that I did,” Shawn went on to explain. “I didn’t take care of the baby well enough, and I was stressed too much, or I didn’t take the right prenatal vitamins. There’s [sic] all these different guilts and thoughts and negative feelings.”
Do you know anyone who has suffered through one?