Brett’s story – being a media volunteer
During a recent catch up with a friend... he said he hadn’t considered how the man in a relationship could be affected by a miscarriage but since reading my story online he now understood. It meant so much to hear that because it meant my message was getting out there.
I applied to be a media volunteer with the aim to support the charity, help myself to process what I had been through and to provide insight and guidance to other people who have experienced miscarriages.
In my first year I have been involved in activities such as sharing my story via the charity website, an interview with the Telegraph and a BBC radio series ‘Grief Encounters’. The latter would certainly be the most impactful. It involved a long conversation with another person who had experienced miscarriages. We discovered many similarities in our different experiences and discussing these was both therapeutic and comforting.
It has been a daunting process, sharing my experience of grief in such a public way but I wanted to do so in order to provide support to others, to let other people know that they are not alone in their feelings. I recognised the significance of this during a recent, long awaited, drink and catch up with a friend, during which he said he hadn’t considered how the man in a relationship could be affected by a miscarriage but since reading my story online he now understood. It meant so much to hear that because it meant my message was getting out there and could/would help people.
If you are considering becoming a media volunteer for the Miscarriage Association, I can thoroughly recommend it. The team at the charity are incredibly supportive, understanding and give you the opportunity to opt in to as much as you are willing/able to cope with.