Ashley Williams Pens Powerful Essay About Her Miscarriage
byMolly McGonigleSep 19, 2016
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Ashley Williams recently penned a thoughtful and poignant essay about her recent miscarriage for the Human Development Project on September 9.
"I Need to Talk About My Miscarriage," the name of her essay, chronicles her experience of losing her pregnancy eight weeks in while grocery shopping in Whole Foods.
"A heavy, dark and slow stream of blood made its way down my left inner thigh. Without thinking, I swiped it. My fingertips came up wet," Ashley wrote. "I wiped my hand on my jean shorts, noticing they were already soaked through with blood. I stopped to text my husband: 'I think you need to come home from work.'"
Ashley Williams, 37, who has been married to producer Neal Dodson since 2011, has one son, Gus, 23 months old.
At the time of her miscarriage, Ashley had no idea that 1 in 4 women lose a pregnancy—which is why she decided to write about her experience—to start a hard conversation.
"Why don't we talk about it? Why was I feeling embarrassed, broken, like a walking wound?" the actress wrote.
"My surprise increased in the days that followed when I reached out to close friends and found out that most had miscarried at last once. My question to each friend: Did you talk about it? No. They answered, and sighed right alongside me."
Ashley Williams hopes to give women who've also suffered miscarriages a voice and encouragement to try again.
"You are not broken. You did nothing wrong," she writes to encourage readers experiencing similar sentiments. "You are strong, you are brave, and there is hope. I was right there next to you at Whole Foods, bleeding out my shorts. Now I'm well. I'm a survivor. Healed, I will try again."