The debate over who to tell is one I battle over constantly. While I feel that it is very important for people to understand infertility, I also don't want to force the issue upon anyone. It saddens me that there is such a stigma attached to infertility. It is not a life style choice, but some people have such preconceived notions about it that cracking that surface takes a sledge hammer.
While our families and friends do know where we have found ourselves, I am certain that it is not easy for them to really understand it all. Little by little I have started to open up and find myself answering more and more questions in an effort to shed some light on the topic. For those on the infertility road, are you "out" to those close to you?
April 24th - May 1st is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). It is a movement to create awareness about the disease of infertility which affects 7.3 million Americans (www.resolve.org). Resolve is an amazing resource for anyone struggling with infertility, as well as those who have friends and/or loved ones making their way though the thick of it. If you haven't heard of it, check it out.
Another great place to read up on some "Infertility Etiquette" is this blog.
And thanks to the prompting of the lovely Dandelion Bud over at Bloomin Babies, I worked up the courage to make this today's fb status: "Because 1 in 8 is someone you know. www.resolve.org/takecharge"
Thank you for all of the love and support that you have shown me over this past year. I hope that I can pay forward all the kindness this community has shown me.
"Awareness is empowering..." Rita Wilson