Our goal for this week’s Infertility Tales was to bring attention to those around us who are contending with infertility. It is a topic that many infertile couples are unprepared to discuss openly, often with good reason.
Some of these infertility journeys lasted only months, others the better part of a decade. We’ve read of couples progressing through less invasive fertility methods, like IUI, through to IVF, even with ICSI. These acronyms giving you a headache? Then check out our overview of infertility terminology.
Those of us whose babies came to us easily have a lot to be grateful for. If we don’t know what it’s like to go through Mothers’ Day aching for the loss of a child, we have a lot to be grateful for. If we’ve never been faced with an unthinkable choice on the realization of our dreams, we have a lot to be grateful for.
Every story here has been one of eventual parenthood, whether it’s from those currently expecting through the gifts of surrogacy or embryo donation, planned or surprise adoption, or even IVF quadruplets. Please remember that there are many mothers- and fathers-at-heart who aren’t there yet, who may never be parents in the legal sense. Be good friends to them too.
This post is part of Infertility Tales 2014, How Do You Do It?‘s series to raise awareness about infertility and its impact on families. Please take a moment to read through some of the personal stories of loss, pain, fertility treatments, and success.