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April 18, 2019 // 32w4d.
Next week is National Infertility Awareness Week.
This time last year we were about 12 months into trying to conceive baby number 2 and preparing to do our first IUI. We had no idea one of my tubes was blocked and that we would be turning to IVF in the coming months. I was anxious, kinda excited, and mostly impatient, but the word "infertility" never crossed my mind. No one in our social circle had trouble conceiving, and if they were, nobody talked about it. It was isolating. I felt like I was trying to conquer this super secret quest with fertility doctors getting poked and prodded, all the while maintaining this normal suburban life on the surface.
As our IUI approached, it just so happened to be Infertility Awareness Week. Scrolling through all the posts on #FlipTheScript , I was finally able to relate to what I was going through. Brave women in this online community spoke openly about their struggle to conceive and their journey through fertility treatments.. I'm not the only one in this universe who is struggling with something so "natural"! I studied your stories, I cried, I nodded in tears to all that was shared and found myself secretly turning to this infertility community for support.
When I finally gathered enough courage to share our IVF journey with a few friends, I learned that (not surprisingly) I wasn't the only one with fertility issues either. With each story exchanged, I felt braver. There is something so beautiful about this sisterhood. The overwhelming support, the vast amount of information, and the rawness of it all. So let's SPEAK UP and keep talking about the difficult stuff. You never know who needs to hear it.
Sensitive 》》And apparently, pregnancy does not take away the scars of infertility. When you meet a fellow infertility sister, even when you're both now 8 months pregnant in the waiting room at the doctor's office, you can't stop relating and feel an overwhelming sense of kinship that YES I know exactly how much it took to make this baby and just how much this baby is wanted.
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