Kathy Benson

I am a mom, writer and group fitness instructor with three children (two here and one in Heaven) finding joy in the journey after dealing with secondary infertility and loss for five years. I have been married to my college sweetheart since 2000 and we live in Chicago, Illinois with our nine-year old son and three-year old daughter.

I have been blogging at Bereaved and Blessed (formerly Four of a Kind) since 2007. My blog is on Redbook Magazine’s Blogroll: The Best Infertility Blogs, allParenting’s Best Infertility Blogs and Circle of Mom’s Top 25 Moms with Inspiring Families. I am a contributing editor for Exhale Literary Magazine, write weekly for The Today Voice and was a speaker at BlogHer `12 in New York City.

I am a wounded healer who is passionate about helping others learning to cope and find joy when life doesn’t go as we hope, dream and plan (whether due to due to infertility, loss, illness and/or other circumstances). I am an American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) certified Group Fitness Instructor and teaches classes part-time. I love to exercise, run, and practice yoga, all of which have been very therapeutic for me over the years.

LIVE on CBS This Morning: #BlogHerPayHer

It's not every day we get to announce the State of the BlogHer Economy on national television. This morning it was my absolute pleasure to join CBS This Morning with Norah O'Donnell and Anthony Mason. Here's what happened: ...more
Lisa Stone Thank you for sharing that. Yes, you will see me in San Jose. Looking forward to it! :)more

Goodbye #Hashtags, Goodbye @Replies, Hello Unhelpful New Twitter?

Twitter let on today that it might do away with hashtags and @replies on the site, and no, this isn't an early April Fools joke. ...more
I agree with Grace. It is hard for me to imagine using Twitter without hashtags. #KeepTheHashtagmore

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: How Did They Just Disappear?

“It’s just like what happened on Lost,” he said.How had I not made that connection?It’s surreal in this day and age, with technology and resources we have available, that it is possible for a Malaysia Airlines 777 plane, carrying 239 people on board, to just disappear....more
CherylRickKlein  I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure you can understand how those families ...more

LIVE on CBS This Morning: #BlogHerPayHer

It's not every day we get to announce the State of the BlogHer Economy on national television. This morning it was my absolute pleasure to join CBS This Morning with Norah O'Donnell and Anthony Mason. Here's what happened: ...more
Way to go, Lisa! It was awesome to see you on CBS Thttps://www.facebook.com/CBSThisMorning! I am ...more

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: How Did They Just Disappear?

“It’s just like what happened on Lost,” he said.How had I not made that connection?It’s surreal in this day and age, with technology and resources we have available, that it is possible for a Malaysia Airlines 777 plane, carrying 239 people on board, to just disappear....more
aprilrq4  It is so confusing and bizarre. I did hear that the cell phones ringing may not mean ...more

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: How Did They Just Disappear?

“It’s just like what happened on Lost,” he said.How had I not made that connection?It’s surreal in this day and age, with technology and resources we have available, that it is possible for a Malaysia Airlines 777 plane, carrying 239 people on board, to just disappear....more
I agree.more

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: How Did They Just Disappear?

“It’s just like what happened on Lost,” he said.How had I not made that connection?It’s surreal in this day and age, with technology and resources we have available, that it is possible for a Malaysia Airlines 777 plane, carrying 239 people on board, to just disappear....more
Lavender Luz  Thank you for sharing that. It is very strange, especially the longer the ...more

Oil Pulling: Should You Really Swish Oil in Your Mouth?

A friend posted a link to a blog post about oil pulling, the act of swishing oil around in your mouth for twenty minutes in order to pull bacteria from your teeth and gums.  The blogger said she's hooked, and detailed everything you need to know about this folk remedy from the type of oil to where you should spit it out. But before you reach for that jar of coconut oil, you should probably check Snopes.com. ...more
Thanks for writing this! Yes, I have been curious about it/considering trying and it has also ...more

What Blogging Voice Need Do You Fill?

There was an awesome moment during the BlogHer'13 Anatomy of a Story panel on Saturday when Vikki said, "Everybody needs a gay... and so I always think about, when I write on my blog, that I'm the gay for people that don't have one." People started laughing and tweeting what she said because it was a great sound bite. But more importantly, Vikki spoke to the role we serve as niche bloggers. ...more
JenAnnHall  Thank you for sharing your experience!more

Announcing BlogHer '14: Bringing BlogHer Back to the Bay Area for Our 10th Annual Conference!

Today Lisa, Jory, and I are thrilled to announce that the 10th annual BlogHer Conference will return to its Bay Area birthplace next July 24-26, 2014 in San Jose, CA! You can (and probably should) register now! ...more
Sounds awesome! I am really hoping to make it there! :)more