I had been meaning to write a blog for the last couple of weeks. But I admit it, I'm lazy. Lazy and also really busy. But this week is the 25th Anniversary of National Infertility Awareness Week, and that's important enough for me to take a minute and do my part to raise awareness.
Most people who know me well know that my son was conceived through IVF. It's something I am willing to talk freely about and share my experiences with, now that it's over. At the time, while we were going through multiple IVF attempts, it wasn't something I talked about or shared. It was hard to explain and it was hard to handle failure. I perused online chat rooms and forums for little bits of support, but I didn't have anyone close I could talk to and share my experiences with. It was a hard, lonely journey. A journey that I wouldn't wish upon anyone. Which is why I try to take a few minutes every year during National Infertility Awareness Week to remind people that 1 in 8 people are suffering with infertility. 1 in 8 people want to have a baby, and are struggling to get pregnant. And, very likely, 1 in 8 people are struggling silently with their emotions because they feel alone.
Educate yourself. Educate others. Because someday, someone is probably going to need your support.
Here's my STORY
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