This blog is a collaboration between Through the Heart staff and volunteers. By having several contributing bloggers, we can offer multiple points of view about pregnancy loss and life thereafter.
Is there a certain pregnancy loss topic you would like to see one of our bloggers address? Submit your request here!
Meet the TTH bloggers:
Karen Kelly (Alexandria, VA)
Co-Founder/President & CEO
Karen & her husband Sean lost their first child in February 2013 when they terminated for medical reasons at 20 weeks and lost their second due to miscarriage at 12 weeks in June 2015. The couple welcomed a healthy, beautiful baby boy in August 2016. After another miscarriage in July 2017, their second healthy and equally beautiful baby boy joined them in July 2018. Karen is an avid sports fan and enjoys traveling, baking, and 90s alternative music. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, sons, and 2 cats Smokey and Plinko.
Stacey Jansen (Phoenix, AZ)
Experienced first loss at 5 weeks, second loss at 9 weeks, & third loss at 6 weeks.
Amanda Lucas (Canada)
Amanda suffered 5 pregnancy losses before becoming pregnant with her daughter. Her losses were at 6, 15, 10, 9, and 4 weeks.
Kate Ells (Laverock, PA)
Kate has experienced two pregnancy losses. Her first loss was a blighted ovum. She had no symptoms and didn’t find out she had miscarried until her first visit with the doctor at 9 weeks. Her second loss was at 5 weeks. Kate believes writing about her losses is a helpful way to heal and also a good way to help others. She currently resides in Laverock, PA with her husband Zach.
Meredith (Rhode Island)
Meredith is a 31 year old loss mom living in Rhode Island with her wife and their adorable dog Teddy. After an extended bout with infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss she is hoping to have their first living child through IVF. For fun she works (a lot) at a job she loves, talks politics pretty much non-stop, and is a newfound podcast enthusiast.
Julie S. (South Dakota)
Julie is a 30 year old mom and she has had four miscarriages, each at vastly different points in life – one at 6 weeks a natural miscarriage, one at 11 weeks due to trauma, one at 12 weeks, reasons unknown, and one at 20 weeks stillborn. She has four living children who are her world. She likes reading, hiking, folk music, picnics and camping.
Paul Varga (Frederick, MD)
Paul works as a Business/Operations Manager by day, and write jokes and does a little improv at night. He lives in Maryland with his wife Sara and “Three” teen-year-old daughter Jackie. Since Jackie, they’ve experienced 3 losses. His main goal for blogging at Through The Heart is to continue to grow with their losses and help others do the same.
Heather Zimmerman (Punxsutawney, PA)
Heather experienced the loss of her daughter Mara in January 2016 as a result of a true umbilical knot at 20 weeks.
Deb Flaherty-Kizer (Guilderland, NY)
Deborah experienced the loss of her grandson, Liam, in January of 2019. She is the mother of two adopted children and the grandmother of one. Deborah lives with her husband, Keith, and dog, Kovu. Now that she is retired Deborah volunteers with several heart-health focused and local community organizations. She is the author of the book “A Journey of the Heart: Learning to Thrive, Not Just Survive, With Congenital Heart Disease.
Cryssie Addis (Texas)
Cryssie and her husband eloped to New York City on a cold winter day in February of 2015. They experienced their first pregnancy loss in January of 2016. Cryssie has since devoted her life to helping women heal from pregnancy loss and experiencing the true freedom and love from Jehovah.
Interested in becoming a volunteer blogger? Please fill out our volunteer inquiry form and someone will be in contact to discuss current opportunities!