What if I post about infertility on my blog?
What if I post about it on Facebook?
Here we go.
April 24-May 1, 2010 is National Infertility Awareness Week. Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples. I’ve been one of them. I’m not brave enough (yet) to post about just how difficult those few years were. It isn’t just my story. I don’t know that I want to go back there. I don’t want to hurt those who (even unintentionally) hurt me. I was one of the fortune ones. I got a happy ending — the adorable 4 year old who often frequents my blog posts. Maybe someday I’ll get another one. Some couples dealing with infertility find a happy ending though adoption. Some don’t find a happy ending. Even for those with happy endings… the pain isn’t forgotten. Even when we realize just how God used the experience to deepen relationships and deepen faith and deepen appreciation for the more difficult parts of parenthood.
The odds are that even if you aren’t personally affected by infertility at some point in your life, you will come in contact with many who are. Here’s a snapshot of what they may be going through… and some hope.
Some couples are open about dealing with infertility. Some are not. So… be sensitive. Don’t ask your childless friends who have been married for a while when they are going to have kids. If you do and get a noncommittal answer, don’t ask, “What’s wrong? Don’t you LIKE kids?” (okay, guess I did share a little of my journey… thankfully from a stranger and not a friend… though in a sense that may be even more disturbing). And, rather than share more of my life… I’ll just link to this great article from RESOLVE.
What if I leave up the Facebook post?
What if I publish this blog post?