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ESPN Anchor Opens Up About On-Air Miscarriage (Photo)

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Former ESPN anchor Sara Walsh has gone public with her long struggle to become a mother, revealing that she once had a miscarriage while doing a live broadcast for "SportsCenter."

On May 15, Walsh posted an image of herself with her 3-month-old twins to Instagram, writing in the accompanying text that the "road down a dark path began while hosting Sportscenter on the road from Alabama."

"I arrived in Tuscaloosa almost three months pregnant," she wrote. "I wouldn't return the same way. The juxtaposition of college kids going nuts behind our set, while I was losing a baby on it, was surreal. I was scared, nobody knew I was pregnant, so I did the show while having a miscarriage. On television."

"My husband had to watch this unfold from more than a thousand miles away, texting me hospital options during commercial breaks," she added.

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Walsh would go on to have two more miscarriages.

"More than once, I'd have surgery one day and be on SportsCenter the next so as not to draw attention to my situation," she recalled. "We then went down the IVF road of endless shots and procedures."

This resulted in two viable eggs, which Walsh declined to use for a long time because she "couldn't bear the idea of all hope being gone."

She eventually became pregnant with twins, although she and her husband, minor league baseball player Matt Buschmann, were careful not to be overly optimistic.

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"It was exciting news, but we knew better than to celebrate," she wrote. "There would be no baby announcement, no shower, we didn't buy a single thing in preparation for the babies, because I wasn't sure they'd show up. We told very few people we were pregnant, and almost no one there were two."

Walsh added: "For those that thought I was weirdly quiet about my pregnancy, now you know why."

She also spoke about the pain associated with hosting "SportsCenter" on Mother's Day.

"For as long as I can remember I hosted Sportscenter on Mother's Day, and the last couple years doing that have been personally brutal," she wrote. "An hours-long reminder of everything that had gone wrong."

Walsh gave birth to her twins in February. While on maternity leave she was notified by ESPN that she was one of dozens of employees being laid off.

"I was truly excited to return to work today from maternity leave with the twins," she tweeted on May 4. "Unfortunately, I will not be coming back as I was included in the recent layoffs. Much appreciation to those I worked with, and especially to those who watched."

Concluding her Instagram post -- which has been liked over 10,000 times -- Walsh said she doesn't know when she'll be returning to TV, but that in the meantime she is happy to spend the extra time with her children.

"I wasn't on TV today, and I'm not sure when I will be again, but instead I got to hang with these two good eggs," she wrote. "My ONLY good eggs. And I know how lucky I really am."

Sources: Sara Walsh/Instagram, Sara Walsh/Twitter, New York Daily News / Photo credit: Max Pixel, Sara Walsh/Instagram via Daily Mail

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