On the 19th June, 2012 my son Walter died. He was stillborn. After 40 weeks of healthy pregnancy and a natural labour and birth, my baby was dead and I didn't know why. I still don't know why. Life since Walter's death has been devastating, confusing, painful, and exhausting, to name just a few things. The world after still birth looks the same as it did before, yet it is not the same. It is now a world in which my baby died. And I have to learn to navigate that world even though I dont want to and no matter which direction I step, it hurts. It is a very painful, hard road.
This year I have pledged to run the City 2 Surf and to raise $1000 for the Stillbirth Foundation Australia. I used to jog but haven't for many years so this is a dual journey in the sense that I am getting back on my feet and (trying) to jog again. But also opening up, sharing my story about Walter and running the road to Bondi Beach with others who have faced the devestation of stillbirth.The City to Surf is only a 14km event however I know my journey will not end there.
If you are able to donate even the smallest amount it is greatly appreicated. The money raised goes towards funding vital research into the possible causes of stillbirth and hopefully prevention.
As I prepare for the City 2 Surf I will share more of my story and my journey, through stillbirth and beyond.