This week is National Infertility Awareness Week, I have been thinking all week about how to write about this and to start this conversation. As a woman who has been recently diagnosed with PCOS, I have not yet dealt with infertility. I was blessed to have had my daughter before I developed PCOS, however, my doctor has told me that conceiving a second child will be difficult, if not impossible, but she did not say it was completely out of the question.With a lifestyle change of diet and exercise we could have a chance. Of course, my husband and I are holding onto hope that we will be able to conceive another child.
Since my diagnoses, the possibility of being infertile has not been something that I have really opened up and talked about. I guess, since my husband and I are not actively trying for another baby, and have not been given the definitive answer of “you are not going to able to conceive a child”, I feel like am not able to have a complete understanding of this devastating situation. I will be honest, I am scared. I am scared of the hurt. I am scared of the loss. I am scared of the toll this could take on my family.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The theme for this years NIAW is “You are not alone”. I take solace in this statement and I hope every couple who has dealt with infertility, or who will one day come to it, will feel some sort of comfort in knowing that they are not alone. In a situation that feels so hopeless I pray that these couples and families find hope and comfort in the communities that they are a part of and know that God has a time and a plan for everyone and everything.
“You are not alone”, to me this theme not only sends a resounding message of hope and comfort, but also one of courage. Courage to speak out and tell your story of infertility. Sharing you story is the first step to finding and developing the support system that will help you through dark times.
RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association has these points for the basis of this years theme:
- 1 in 8 couples will deal with or have dealt with infertility, you are not alone.
- Do not let infertility leave you feeling isolated.
- You are not alone on this journey, find a support group in your area.
- No one with infertility should walk alone.
To find out more about infertility, and National Infertility Awareness Week, please visit http://www.resolve.org/