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Michelle Obama looks back on one of the darkest times in her life.
In a new primetime ABC news special airing on Sunday, the former First Lady is frankly anchored with Good Morning America Robin Roberts and recalls the pain and isolation that she had suffered after a miscarriage almost 20 years ago.
"I felt lost and alone and I felt like I had failed," she says in a clip from Becoming Michelle: A First Lady's Journey with Robin Roberts in which Obama explores topics, which will be examined in their new memoir Becoming on Tuesday. (Associated: Here's exactly what happened when I had a miscarriage)
At that time, Obama (54) and former President Barack Obama (57) tried to start a family and they felt the pressure of their ticking "biological clock," she tells Roberts. Finally, the Chicago native turned to in vitro fertilization (IVF) to receive the daughters of the couple Malia (20) and Sasha (1
Ms. Obama wishes she wished she had had a miscarriage too – a lesson that would have helped lift the shame associated with her. (See: How I Learned to Trust My Body After a Miscarriage)
"I felt I had failed because I did not know how common miscarriages were because we did not talk about them," Ms. explains Obama in the ABC interview. "We are in our own pain thinking that we are somehow broken."
She hopes that other women will not feel this isolation by passing on their story.
"That's one of the reasons why I think it's important to talk to young mothers about miscarriages and the biological clock is real, because egg production is limited, I've realized that I have 34 and 35 and we had to do IVF, "she tells Roberts. "I think it's the worst thing we do to ourselves as women: we do not share the truth about our body and how it works and how it does not work."
Her miscarriage and her journey with the IVF are just a few of the many revelations in . In the memoir, Ms. Obama is persecuted by a child on the South Side in Chicago during her eight years as the first lady in the White House.
She writes openly about her relationship with Mr. Obama, including her sweet advertising. The couple met, as is well known, when they both worked in the same Chicago law firm. The attraction took place immediately, though she insisted that the two should be friends since the company had assigned Ms. Obama as his counselor. (See also: Shawn Johnson Opens Up on Her Miscarriage in an Emotional Video)
A kiss on a summer night changed everything. "As soon as I allowed myself to feel anything for Barack, the emotions came rushing – a raging explosion of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder," she writes in Becoming according to ABC News ,
As perfect as the first pair of the nation appears, there have been difficult times behind closed doors. When she forwards to Roberts in the interview aired on Sunday, the two sought marriage counseling at one point in which they learned how to talk about their differences, and they learned that they were "responsible" for their happiness. was. In the book, she calls this lesson "my fulcrum" and "my moment of self-commitment" reports ABC News .
"I know too many young couples who are struggling and believing that it is somehow There is something wrong with them and I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama have a phenomenal marriage and love each other Working on our marriage and getting help with our marriage when we need it. "Ms. Obama tells Roberts in the special.
The infamous access to Hollywood band that caught Trump bragging about sexual assaults on women? Mrs. Obama's body "hummed with anger" and watched it, reports the AP. To see him "stalking" by standing on stage during an election debate in the town hall behind her? An attempt to try to "reduce their presence" and show, "I can hurt you and get away with it."
And then there was the unbelief she felt when so many women choose "a misogynist" against an exceptionally qualified woman candidate. "The night she learned that Trump would be president, Mrs. Obama tried
Michelle: A First Lady's Journey with Robin Roberts will air on Sunday (9 pm ET) ABC
Becoming will be released on November 13
This story originally appeared on People.com by Dave Quinn.