Authenticity • Vulnerability • Empathy
Alexa Bigwarfe has been overcoming fear and tragedy for the majority of her life. When she was just 11 years old, she nearly became the victim of gun violence (long before school shootings were a regular occurrence in The United States). She also lost her newborn daughter after just 51 hours of birth. Alexa’s close call with gun violence and loss of a child has impacted every aspect of her life. She became one of the first members of her local chapter of Moms Demand Action in Columbia, South Carolina.
This mother of three knows firsthand the pain of losing a child, after the death of her daughter, Kathryn, just a short time after giving birth to twins girls who had Twin to Twin Transfusion. Alexa channeled her grief into action, writing “Sunshine After the Storm” to guide other parents through the loss of a child and establishing a nonprofit of the same name to support grieving parents. For Alexa, the life-changing experience of losing a child awakened in her a passion for helping others. Whether through her publishing company Kat Biggie Press, where she partners with authors to help make their writing dreams come true, or through her support of organizations like Be Smart For Kids, which aims to reduce unintentional gun deaths, Alexa looks for ways to elevate people who are trying to make the world a better place — just like she is. Hear Alexa’s story and find out how you can help in this week’s episode of The Brave Files.
- If you let them, life-changing experiences often change you for the better.
- Speaking up for what’s right may be uncomfortable, but it’s worth it.
- No matter what you’re going through, there are people out there who have been where you are, and who can help you get through it.
- Don’t wait to celebrate — enjoy life’s moments as they come.
- Be open to challenges to your own beliefs — don’t be afraid to learn and grow.
Alexa is a passionate supporter of the March of Dimes. She knows first hand how important their work is because it helped save her daughter’s life. The March of Dimes supports research and care for the health of mothers and babies around the world. Each year, Alexa gathers a group of people to march for the cause and help raise money and awareness. You can support them by donating here.
Alexa created the Sunshine After the Storm foundation after the loss of her daughter, Kathryn. The nonprofit organization provides encouragement, hope, advocacy and support for parents who have lost a child. As we mentioned in the interview, Alexa is always looking for self-care items and gift cards she can include in the care packages she sends to grieving parents. Donations can be made online or sent to PO Box 290041, Columbia, South Carolina 29229.
Alexa Bigwarfe is a wife, mother to 3 wildlings, devoted advocate, blogger, author, and publisher. Her writing career began after her infant daughter passed away at 2 days old. She has written and/or edited and published eight books, including Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother and Ditch the Fear and Just Write It! She uses that hard-earned publishing knowledge to support other writers and entrepreneurs at writepublishsell.co. She also owns the small hybrid-publishing company Kat Biggie Press (katbiggiepress.com, dedicated to sharing women’s works of inspiration and self-help. Alexa is passionate about women's, infant, and children's health topics and has had more than 50 articles published in regional parenting magazines around the U.S. and Canada. In her journey to feature amazing women, she hosted the Women in Publishing Online Conference. She enjoys drinking wine, spending time with her husband and friends, traveling, and just because life isn’t full enough, hosting the “Lose the Cape!” podcast featuring inspirational mothers and women making a difference in the world. Start your writing journey with her free 30-days of simple strategies to start writing. Learn more here. You can find her on Facebook @WritepublishsellLLC and on twitter @katbiggie.