Sara Walsh, a former ESPN anchor who was let go from the network last month during a massive round of layoffs, revealed on social media Sunday that she suffered a miscarriage while doing a live broadcast for “SportsCenter” several years ago.
“Finding a good egg didn’t come easy for me, and I suspect there are many people out there facing the same struggle,” she wrote.
Mrs. Walsh explained to fans and friends that she mostly kept this pregnancy a secret because the couple had already lost three pregnancies before — one of which occurred on air.
“The road down a dark path began while hosting SportsCenter on the road from Alabama,” she wrote. “I arrived in Tuscaloosa almost three months pregnant. I wouldn’t return the same way. The juxtaposition of college kids going nuts behind our set, while I was losing a baby on it, was surreal.”
Mrs. Walsh said she continued with her live broadcast while having a miscarriage — her husband texting her hospital options during commercial breaks.
She said she went on to experience two more miscarriages.
“More than once, I’d have surgery one day and be on SportsCenter the next so as not to draw attention to my situation,” she wrote. “We then went down the IVF road of endless shots and procedures. After several rounds, we could only salvage two eggs. I refused to even use them for a long time, because I couldn’t bear the idea of all hope being gone. I blew off pregnancy tests, scared to know if it worked. It had. Times two.”
Mrs. Walsh said that by that time, she and her husband “knew better” than to celebrate the pregnancy publicly.
“We told very few people we were pregnant, and almost no one there were two. For those that thought I was weirdly quiet about my pregnancy, now you know why,” she wrote.
“For as long as I can remember I hosted SportsCenter on Mother’s Day, and the last couple years doing that have been personally brutal. An hours-long reminder of everything that had gone wrong. I wasn’t on tv today, and I’m not sure when I will be again, but instead I got to hang with these two good eggs. My ONLY good eggs. And I know how lucky I really am,” she concluded.
Her post had been liked more than 6,000 times as of Monday afternoon. Many commenters offered up their own personal stories about failed pregnancies.
“Wow. This hits home today. We just had our 3rd miscarriage this afternoon,” one commenter wrote. “Thank you for sharing your story. It gives hope to all of us still struggling.”
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