Though Linny Stone runs a lifestyle business with her husband, she also dedicates herself to a coaching career in which she empowers women to feel free and fearless. To do that she has been open about her own struggles, including with miscarriage. Through her IG feed and IGTV platform she shares real stories, information, and resources to help women overcome the stigma and trauma of infertility and pregnancy loss and find balance in their lives.
Q: What is your infertility journey in a nutshell?
I am in the 1% of women who have had three miscarriages. I suffer from Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and have been diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder that puts me at a 70-80% chance of stillbirth or miscarriage if I am not highly medically monitored. Over the past 1 ½ years we have done a lot of tests and it looks like we finally have all the puzzle pieces. Now we are putting everything together.
We are currently in the midst of trying through a monitored natural cycle. If it doesn’t work our next step will be a medicated cycle. We found that I also have diminished ovarian reserve, so time is of the essence. If we do not achieve a pregnancy within the next couple months we plan to move on to IVF.
Being open has led to connections with other women struggling with similar things, and it has lifted a great weight off of me because I don’t have to hide anything.
Q: What has been most helpful to you while grieving your losses?
For me, it has felt good to be open about my journey. Being open has led to connections with other women struggling with similar things, and it has lifted a great weight off of me because I don’t have to hide anything.
Q: How has your journey affected your marriage?
It is definitely a challenge, but it has brought us closer. We have a special bond because of everything we have gone through. I am sure that it helps that I have a background in marriage and family therapy. My tools and experience with therapy has definitely helped us, though we do have to put in extra effort to communicate and work through it all together.
I have also battled with anxiety and depression due to my three losses. It’s required an overall adjustment, but I try to tell myself that this chapter is only temporary and someday, we will look back at it and it will all be a distant memory.
Q: What inspired you to document your miscarriages on social media?
I have degrees in Psychology and Sociology and training in therapy, with certificates in Relationship Coaching. I now know how hard it can be to overcome miscarriage and how traumatizing it can be. I felt called to share my tools to help other couples struggling. I feel compelled to empower others through this. I know that it is hard. I’ve been knocked down from it, but I keep getting up, and I want to help others do the same.
The better informed we are, the better we can advocate for ourselves.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share about your journey?
I didn’t know how much I didn’t know. Now that I am more informed, I am passionate about sharing all the resources I find because I want to empower others through knowledge. The better informed we are, the better we can advocate for ourselves.