Former Disney star Tiffany Thornton has tragically suffered a miscarriage on Christmas Eve.
The 31-year-old who is best known as Tawni in Sonny With A Chance was five weeks pregnant when she miscarried.
“In the early hours of this morning I miscarried a 5 week pregnancy," she wrote on Instagram.
"I was always the person that thought this wouldn’t happen to me. Until it did. I’m still in a bit of shock about it but there is one thing I know: God has His hand of protection over me and my husband and children AT ALL TIMES.”
“And I know it was a form of His protection to only allow my body to carry this tiny blessing for 5 weeks,” she continued. “I am grateful that I wasn’t further along in the pregnancy. I am grateful that I didn’t end up having a child who would suffer once born. I can’t imagine a child in pain and no way for me to help them. I am grateful that my body does what it is supposed to do even in the most difficult situation. And my heart breaks for any mom who has gone through a miscarriage.”
Tiffany added, “I have always wanted to be a mom, no matter what challenges that would bring. And I know, just like this picture, that there is always something beautiful and bright after a dark spot in life. So I will persevere and continue on in hope that the Lord will eventually fulfill our desire for another baby.”
“I’ll go ahead and thank you all now for the prayers as I know they will be coming in like a flood. As you read this I don’t want you to feel sorry for me but rather feel emboldened to share your mistakes, hurts and truths to others so that they can see God through u. My fans + followers: you are more than that to me. You are family. The body of Christ and my equals. And I love each of you. Thank you for loving me too.”
The actress has two boys, KJ and Bentley, with late husband Chris Carney.
Her baby would’ve been her first with current partner Josiah Capaci.
Thoughts and prayers are with the actress and her family at this tragic time.
If you or someone you know needs help, you can speak confidentially to a trained counsellor 24 hours a day at headspace.org.au or Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800.
This article originally appeared on Girlfriend.