EP33 - Tanika Fitzgerald's Multipe Miscarriage Story & Book: Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith

EP33 - Tanika Fitzgerald's Multipe Miscarriage Story & Book: Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith

In today's episode, we have Tanika Fitzgerald who shares her miscarriage story and her book titled "Miscarried Joy: Moving Beyond Incredible Pain to Extraordinary Faith."  We discuss how her faith played a role in her miscarriage and her inspiration for writing her book.  We also talk about the barren women in the bible Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah, or Elizabeth, and which barren women she identifies with the most. Tanika is a woman who is passionate about her relationship with Jesus Christ, family, giving to others, laughter, having fun and enjoying every moment that life brings, and you will see that in this interview.

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EP32 - Danielle and Chris Jones' Infant Loss Story & As Sure as Tomorrow Comes Book

EP32 - Danielle and Chris Jones' Infant Loss Story & As Sure as Tomorrow Comes Book

In today's episode we have Danielle and Chris Jones.  They share their Infant Loss Story of son Chris Jr, Chris Sr.'s Journey with Multiple Sclerosis, Danielle's breast health challenges, and how it was documented in their book As Sure as Tomorrow Comes: One Couple's Journey through Loss and Love.  They also founded the Angel Baby Network out of the desire to help other parents who had surged pregnancy or infant loss.  

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EP31 - Keanna Barnes Stillbirth Story & Fibroid Journey and Journey to Peace: 31 Day Devotional Book

EP31 - Keanna Barnes Stillbirth Story & Fibroid Journey and Journey to Peace: 31 Day Devotional Book

Happy Black History Month!  After a quick Amazon search, I realized there aren't many black authors of books in this Grief and Pregnancy Loss Community.  For the next 6 weeks on the podcast we are featuring 6 Books from Black Authors around Faith, Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infant and Pregnancy Loss, and Hope to continue on this grief journey.

In today's episode we have Keanna Barnes who shares her Stillbirth story and Fibroid Journey.  She is the author of Journey to Peace a 31 Day Devotional: Through the Grief of Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Other Pregnancy Loss.  In this episode she shares her journey to getting pregnant with fibroids, how her miscarriage broke her heart into a million pieces, and her courage to try again and get pregnant with her current baby due in March 2018.

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EP30 - Morgan Goodwin's Incompetent Cervix Loss Story & Incompetent but Hopeful Blog

EP30 - Morgan Goodwin's Incompetent Cervix Loss Story & Incompetent but Hopeful Blog

In today's episode we have Morgan Goodwin who shares her incompetent cervix loss story and new blog Incompetent but Hopeful.  Morgan is a UT Grad and Track and Field Star and is the wife to NFL player Marquise Goodwin who is a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers.  Most of us who watch football became familiar with the Goodwin's story back in November 2017.  On Sunday, November 12, 2017, Morgan's husband Marquise scored an 83 yard touchdown on the same day their baby passed away prematurely.  Marquise celebrated the touch down by blowing a kiss to the sky, dropped to his knees and broke down crying in the end zone.  Morgan then went on instagram to post "This whole week has taken an emotional toll on my husband and I, Struggling to keep our healthy baby safe in my womb. However, God had other plans for us. Today, I had to deliver my precious baby boy early this morning due to preterm labor. Despite our loss, my hubby kept grinding, scored his son a touchdown & got our first “W” of the season. He had a wonderful game today. I️ appreciate everyone who kept us in their prayers and constantly checked in on us. This was truly and an amazing experience and it was also a tragic experience. But that’s okay because we won’t stop fighting and we won’t give up on what God has in store for us. It’s just important for us to remember that things happen for a reason, even though we may question ourselves “why us.” Our faith is strong..."  In this interview Morgan share's what happened up until that day and that moment when she saw her husband make that touchdown, how her faith in God played a role in her grief, and how she is writing through her newest venture her blog Incompetent but Hopeful.

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EP29 - Aniesa's Loss Story & My Hope Floats Blog

EP29 - Aniesa's Loss Story & My Hope Floats Blog

In today's episode we have Aniesa Knapp who shares her 20 week pregnancy loss story of daughter Ava and her personal blog My Hope Floats.  Aniesa is the mom to Angel Ava who was born into heaven at 20 weeks and has been married to her husband Don for 3 years.  They live in Hartford County, Maryland with their fur baby Piper.  Aniesa is a nurse and works as a home care nurse liaison.   She created the My Hope Floats blog to continue to heal and to hopefully connect with others who have experienced pregnancy loss.

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EP28 - Cassidy Dear's Stillbirth Story & Born into Heaven Foundation

EP28 - Cassidy Dear's Stillbirth Story & Born into Heaven Foundation

In today's episode we have Cassidy M. Dear who share's her stillbirth story of daughter Courtney and the Born into Heaven Foundation. Cassidy has become an extreme advocate for stillbirth awareness ever since her own personal loss of her daughter Courtney in 2014.   Cassidy strives to dedicate her time by uplifting parents in the community who have also been affected by stillbirth. In 2015 she founded Born Into Heaven Foundation as a financial resource for families in the state of Alabama. She oversees a volunteer board that is dedicated to relieving the financial burden of funeral cost for stillborn babies.  Cassidy was awarded her bachelors in Social Work from Auburn University in December 2017. Cassidy lives in Opelika, Alabama with her family. She enjoys dancing and journaling.  Born into Heaven Foundation is hosting their Spring Gala on April 14, 2018 in Opelika, Alabama to gather among others, mingle, dine, and support stillbirth awareness.

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EP27 - Should we have Grief Resolutions? Pat's Infertility Journey and Top Counseling Coaching Practice

EP27 - Should we have Grief Resolutions? Pat's Infertility Journey and Top Counseling Coaching Practice

Do we need to have grief resolutions or grief goals for this year?  In today's episode we have Pachuska Vil-Audain also known as Pat who shares her infertility experience and journey to starting a grief coaching business called Top Counseling.  We discuss having and setting grief goals and resolutions.  How can we make this New Year one filled with personal growth and inner peace from grief due to pregnancy loss.  And how we can commit to our grief journey this year.  Pat is a passionate and engaging coach and motivating speaker who works enthusiastically with individuals, couples, families, groups and companies to guide them from turning their dreams into realistic, attainiable & tangible goals.

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EP26 - Happy New Year 2018: Doing What Scares You!

EP26 - Happy New Year 2018: Doing What Scares You!

Happy New Year 2018!  Welcome Episode 26 of the Erica M. McAfee Podcast.  Today’s episode is a solo episode of the podcast.  I wanted to start the year off with chatting with you about the biggest lesson I learned from 2017, and doing what scares me by being Fearless in 2018.  Before I begin, thank you to all who have rated, reviewed, and subscribed to the podcast in Apple Podcasts.  You can still complete the Podcast Survey by visiting bit.ly/emmpodcastsurvey and you will be entered into a raffle for a $20 Amazon Gift Card.  I love your feedback it helps me get an idea of what type of content you want to hear in the new year.

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EP25 - Xenia and Sheldon's Twin Miscarriage Story & Twin Parenting Journey with Nolan and Nash

EP25 - Xenia and Sheldon's Twin Miscarriage Story & Twin Parenting Journey with Nolan and Nash

In today’s episode we have the Garrets.  Sheldon and Xenia met in undergrad at Louisiana State University and began dating a little over 10 years ago.  They were married in 2013 after completing grad school and moved to Houston a couple of months later.  Sheldon is a Senior Business Analyst for a managed healthcare company in Houston. Prior to having our twins, Xenia was a Talent Acquisition Manager for a Restaurant Group here.   They are the proud parents of Nolan and Nash (1 year old fraternal twin boys) and Cassius, our 3 year old English Bulldog.  Prior to Nolan and Nash, they unfortunately lost a set of twins while they were 17 weeks along.  It was the most devastating life event for their family and an adversity they initially struggled with overcoming.  They are blessed to have their rainbow twin boys, as well as their angels who will always reside in their hearts.  

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EP24 - Ivori and Kevin's Loss Story and Loving Our Angel

EP24 - Ivori and Kevin's Loss Story and Loving Our Angel

In today’s episode we have the Warren’s.   Ivori and Kevin Warren have been married for 16 years and are a the mommy and daddy to an Angel  born in heaven on August 21, 2017. Ivori is a creative entrepreneur and many times has some bright ideas, one of which is the Loving Our Angel blog. The blog is their personal journal about her and hubby’s journey to healing.  Loving Our Angel is also a new initiative that has been added to their non-profit foundation to increase pregnancy and infant loss awareness. As a very private person, it wasn’t her initial thought to be so transparent, but as God did when she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2012, He is leading her to be transparent about their loss.  Ivori holds degrees in both Psychology and Human Resources Management – and currently working toward a doctoral degree in Higher Education.   Kevin holds degrees in both Information Systems & Science and Information Assurance – and currently working towards a doctoral degree in Applied Information System Management.

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EP23 - Valencya and Jerrell Thompson's Fertility Journey and Fertility Hope Ministry

EP23 - Valencya and Jerrell Thompson's Fertility Journey and Fertility Hope Ministry

In today’s episode we have the Thompsons.  Valencya and Jerrell Thompson are the founders of the #fertilityhope ministry.  Valencya Thompson holds Master and Specialist degrees in School Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and has completed seminary studies.  Jerrell Thompson is an engineer by trade with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. Considering their diverse areas of study joining their female vs. male perspectives, they have written a divinely inspired personal testimony that is an informative read that was written to help you heal as you read about their healing process from losing children preterm to birthing healthy children.  In "Our Journey To #fertilityhope", Thompson and Thompson candidly share about their experiences of tragedy & triumph on the road to birthing two children. This text is written on a down-to-earth level intertwined with scholarly-researched biblical scripture and medical commentary by Dr. Desiree' McCarthy-Keith, MD, MPH, FACOG to encourage others who might find themselves on a similar path.   In the frequent words of the authors, "Hang in there. Keep the faith. Don't lose hope. Trust God. God has not forgot!"  Here are the Thompsons.

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EP22 - Talysa & John's Miscarriage Story & Helping Others through Connections

EP22 - Talysa & John's Miscarriage Story & Helping Others through Connections

In today’s episode we have the McCall’s.  John and Talysa McCall have been married for 6 years and reside Camp Lejeune, NC.  John is serving our country in the Marine Corps and Talysa McCall Talysa holds a MBA in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University & currently works as a Community Outreach Coordinator for Lower Cape Fear Hospice.  The McCalls have endured several relocations, a healthy pregnancy, a miscarriage that shook their marriage, and a devastating diagnosis during the pregnancy with their rainbow baby. Talysa aspires to one day start her own non-profit organization focused on instilling self-confidence & self-validation skills to young girls. Talysa believes her life’s mission is to help others through connections.  Here are the McCall’s.

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