Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I'm the 1 in 8...
I've been writing and re-writing this post in my head for months now. But every time I go to type it, I get blocked, or chicken out, or change my mind.
'Cause blogging can be kind of scary, you know?
But I keep coming back to it....which should tell me something. Either that I'm a chronic over-sharer, or that I feel the need to share my story in the hope that it helps someone else who's going through it....
Today is Day 3 of National Infertility Awareness Week. It's also the 1,394th day that Mr. M. and I have been waiting for our baby, putting us among the 1 in 8 couples who have difficulty conceiving.
Which freaking sucks.
And while I've alluded to infertility on the blog before, this is really my first time discussing the issue head on. I'm not opening up about this in order to gain pity, although I do welcome your prayers. The thing is, infertility can be a really lonely struggle. And I really feel like the only good thing that can come out of this crappy situation is that talking about it will somehow help someone else on the journey feel a little bit less alone. Because even though infertility is a lonely journey sometimes...
You are not alone.
I am here with you.
Are you humming Michael Jackson now? We're totally friends.
And neither am I, thank goodness. Mr. M is awesome, and I really don't know what I'd do without the camaraderie, advice and hope that comes from those in my life who've been there and especially you fantastic ladies who open up about this infertility BS on your blogs. Your words make me laugh, give me support, and (kind of) keep me from turning into a crazy, obsessed person.
So to those of you who are in it....hang in there. Drop me a email, let me know about your blog...I want to connect with you. You people are the ones keeping me sane, after all.
And to those of you who aren't personally affected by infertility....you probably know someone who is. Be kind to them. They're fighting a battle every day, just like you are.
I'll be back to the usual decorating/DIY/random thoughts tomorrow! Only now that I've started this conversation, expect the occasional update tossed in here and there. I think there's going to be a lot to share in the coming months :)