Miscarried the Comic

Miscarried the Comic
Miscarried the Comic popped up in my Facebook news feed a few weeks ago. Perhaps you're thinking miscarriage and comics don't go together. Perhaps you're thinking a comic is too light-hearted a way to portray a miscarriage. But I think you'd be wrong. This comic is wonderful.

California-based cartoonist, Chari Pere has drawn a short comic illustrating her experience with miscarriage. I've always said we should work harder to share our stories and like many people who have suffered a miscarriage, Chari seems to agree. She writes, “For now, here's my story. Please share your stories as well, and let's continue the dialogue together. It's 2017. Nobody should be suffering alone.”

In addition to being a great accounting of a miscarriage, much of her comic resonated with me on a personal level too. The comic talks about her hearing a strong heartbeat initially and believing everything was fine. I too had this experience with my three late miscarriages and it was truly unsettling to lose the baby after that. A nurse even said it was highly unlikely that you would hear a strong heartbeat, then miscarry. She also writes that she and her husband had always wanted two children and I could relate to that as my husband and I had always wanted three. To this day, my own family sometimes feel incomplete.

Her comic shows her being reassured by doctors initially only to have things go wrong later on. She details the experience (which many of us have had) of not being able to get timely appointments with doctors and having medical professionals act as if this were not really a big deal.

After doing some research, Chari found the same thing that really surprised me too. Many pregnanacies end in miscarriage. Way more than you'd think. Like me, she found that keeping her miscarriage a secret, didn't make her feel better. While she thankfully found some supportive friends she could talk to, she also found out that there were even more people in her life who had suffered miscarriage and had never talked about it.

This cartoon is honest and heartbreaking and makes understanding the experience of miscarriage really accessible. Chari's website says she's “making the world a happier place, one cartoon at a time.” I would absolutely recommend checking out this short comic and Chari's other work. You can see Miscarried the Comic here: https://www.charipere.com/blog/miscarried.

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