Lisa Ling visited the ladies of “The View” this morning to talk about something she believes many women are hesitant to discuss: Miscarriage.
On the show, Ling reveals that she herself suffered a devastating miscarriage about six months ago. A self-proclaimed ambitious and competent person, the 32-year-old journalist says the news left her feeling like an “incredible failure.”
Initially, she kept her tragedy to herself, going online in search of support and information. But when she finally did reach out to her circle of friends, she was surprised to learn how many of them had also suffered silently after miscarrying a child.
The experience moved Ling to create a place where women can bare their souls and reveal their deepest, darkest secrets safely and anonymously. It’s called the Secret Society of Women and is intended to facilitate conversations about the things we keep hidden even from those closest to us.
And while the site may have been inspired by Ling’s miscarriage, the conversations taking place there are wide-ranging. From the Secret Society of Women:
Welcome to our secret society. Of women. By women. For women. A place where we can divulge our deepest secrets about how we look, what we regret, who we fantasize about, what we aspire to do, or whatever else we’ve been keeping inside of us.
From addictions and body image issues to relationships and work, anonymous members let it all hang out in a supportive and loving environment. The entries are moving, sad, hilarious and hopeful.
Ling hopes that by revealing her own secret, others will be encouraged to do the same. But if you aren’t quite ready to go on the “The View” and spill your guts, the Secret Society of Women will keep your secret until you are.