As spring is now upon us (although you wouldn’t think so here in the UK as it is still chilly, windy and rainy) I thought it was time to have a spring clean of Frankie’s Legacy, and a general digital spring clean across my social media channels and other blogs that I write. I’d been meaning to have a look at the layout of Frankie’s Legacy for some time, and wanted to move over to a theme that had more of a “magazine” style and feel to it. After looking at lots of different WordPress themes I came across the “Expound” theme, and immediately knew that it would be perfect for “Frankie’s Legacy”.
It took a bit of playing around with, but I love the end result so far. I’ve updated some of the sections on the blog too, and added a few new ones:
I would love to feature you on “Frankie’s Legacy” if you would like to tell your story and raise awareness of early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or neonatal death. I hope over time this section will grow and develop, and I’m also seeking submissions to create a book called “Everlasting Footprints”. The book will be an anthology and collection of true and real life accounts from parents with empty arms, and I hope it will grow and develop into a yearly anthology.
Do you run your own awareness raising blog? Are you writing about your grief and how you are dealing with it? If so I welcome guest posts and features from other bloggers. The could be one off guest posts or posts on a regular basis.
I’m looking for interesting people to interview and feature on “Frankie’s Legacy” who have been through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or neonatal death.
If you would like to be featured in one of these new sections and this is something you are interested in send an email to me via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The biggest change is with the background on this blog. I chose stars on a light blue background not only for my Frankie, but for all the little ones who grew their angel wings and left us. I am the 1 in 4 who have suffered early pregnancy loss and stillbirth, so each star represents a little life who is in the next world and not this one.
Now that I’ve had this spring clean and fresh start I feel more motivated to write about how I’m feeling and what’s going on with me. Since Frankie was born sleeping on November 29th 2013 I have had a constant stream of death, loss, death, loss, death, loss – it has been relentless. Not only did I lose Frankie but I lost my father in law, my cousin Brenda, my cousin Tony, I’ve had four further early miscarriages, I was made redundant and I lost a lot of people who I thought were my friends, and I was betrayed and hurt by people I trusted. The healing process from all of this is still ongoing, and I just couldn’t face writing very much since my cousin Tony died last December. I couldn’t face hearing and seeing things about death and loss all the time, and writing this blog served as a huge reminder of everyone and everything I had lost. Just as I was starting to get back to writing again, I suffered yet another early miscarriage in early February. Each time it happens it is completely soul destroying, and I felt like I was back at square one again. But this time I have a diagnosis. This time I know why it is happening to me. More on that in another post later on.
But spring is finally here, and I’m hoping for better times ahead and better weather to help me feel energised and motivated again.
Let me know what you think of my new blog layout, and as ever, I would love to hear from you, Email me via email@example.com, or leave a comment on this post.