Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and her husband, Andrew East, revealed that she recently suffered a miscarriage. "We feel like a lot of people go through this, so we wanted to share it", Johnson says in the opening moments of the video, which had been viewed more than 1.5 million times.
A very personal video online shows Johnson, 25, discovering she was pregnant and the exuberant joy she had sharing the surprise with East, 26.
"Definitely wasn't planning this", she says, through tears. The former gymnast, who retired from competition in 2012, then tearfully exclaimed to the camera how the news that she was indeed pregnant was "really, really exciting". "Andrew and I found out that we were unexpectedly pregnant, only to find out hours later some tragic news". "He's going to be a daddy". Johnson started having "really bad stomach pains and a lot of bleeding" the next day.
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"The past 48 hours have been some of the happiest, scariest, and saddest times of my life", she wrote. Another added, "Wow.I don't think I've ever met anyone so courageous in my entire life". Watch their emotional journey as it unfolded above.
After the video was posted, Shawn and Andrew hosted a Facebook Live video to address comments and questions, and thank the public for an overwhelming show of support.
Johnson, who has often shared uplifting messages about her Christian faith, did offer an inspiring note at the end of the video for herself and anyone experiencing the same emotions.
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"So, it's been a roller coaster of a few days".
We commend Johnson and East for their incredibly fearless choice to share their hard journey from pregnant to not in just a couple of days. The doctor explained that it the miscarriage was a natural occurrence and not caused by any external factors. "We believe God's got a bigger plan for us".
"We just back got back from the doctor, and I'm no longer pregnant". "We've grown through this, babe, and I can't emphasize enough how proud I am of you", he said in the video. The couple revealed that they had already bought shoes for the supposed baby.
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