Actor Beverley Mitchell, who rose to fame as Lucy on 7th Heaven, recently revealed on Instagram and her blog, Growing Up Hollywood, that she suffered a miscarriage in 2018.
Mitchell has been married to Michael Cameron since 2008. They have two children, daughter Kenzie, born in 2013, and son Hutton, born in 2015.
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On her blog, Mitchell wrote, “A few months back Michael and I were thrilled, we had just found out we were pregnant, and though we were surprised, we were excited. It didn’t take long before we began to prepare for a life filled with more little people in it. And much to our surprise, we came to find out it was twins! After our shock, came acceptance and excitement.”
She continued, “A few weeks later, our new dream of our growing family came crashing down; we had a miscarriage. This was a shock. Honestly, my first instinct was to say I was fine, and to be honest; I was trying to be. I thought I had to be, for my family, for myself. I had to jump on a plane and go to work being surrounded by babies and kids while I was still miscarrying.”
Mitchell’s poignant words are resonant for those who have suffered pregnancy loss:
“I remember something one of my best friends told me during my first pregnancy, if the pregnancy is viable it will stick, if the baby (babies) are not viable they won’t. Though this makes perfect sense and was something I even said when I shared the news of our pregnancy to our closest friends, this challenged me. Because though it made sense in my head, my heart could not make sense of it. I never really considered that I would miscarry being that I had already had two healthy pregnancies. This was my misconception, you see, I didn’t know much about miscarriages and I didn’t know many people who had miscarried, or so I thought. It wasn’t until I started sharing our loss that I found out many people I knew shared the same scars. I was now part of a group, the unspoken and hidden group who mourn their losses in the shadows.”
Mitchell said she is speaking out about her miscarriage to heal — and help others heal. “Most people who are sharing their story, we aren’t looking for anything[,] just the opportunity to share their story,” she said. “It is with sharing it that the healing begins, the acceptance that it happened, it is when you ignore it or pretend that it never happened that you cause more pain… I share my scars because the one thing I want to say, is no one should suffer in silence. To speak up and share your wounds, to allow them the opportunity to heal. Let’s remove the stigma, miscarriages happen, they are nothing to be ashamed of.”
We’re moved by Mitchell’s powerful words and admire her deeply for choosing to speak about her loss to help others share their stories.
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