Power of Finding Support
Whenever I hear infertility being discussed, I get giddy. Call me crazy. Call me weird. Both are probably true. But, truth be told, I love it when infertility is acknowledged. I love being reminded that I am not the only one in the world dealing with it. And, I love for the world to be educated about something that is a harsh reality to so many.
This morning as I was making my weekly batch of bread (sometimes I act like a homemaker—okay, once a week), when from the upper regions of our home, I heard my husband’s plea for me to turn on the Today Show. He declared that the next story was about infertility. Then, the phone rang and it was my sister-in-law telling us of the same about-to-be-aired story. As I watched, my level of giddiness rose and I became more and more excited. How many people were watching at that moment? Thousands, tens of thousands, could it be a million? You know that feeling you get when you get a GREAT deal at your favorite store? Well, it was akin to that…if you know what I mean. Thinking of how many people were listening and learning was satisfying to me. What was even more satisfying was the story and all that it contained.
I loved the emotions described…disappointment, exhaustion, sadness, pain, feelings of being all consumed, embarrassment, shamefulness, isolation, loneliness.
I loved that the feelings of being isolated from others was identified.
I loved that they acknowledged the power of finding support. It can be support of an organization or a small group that gathers regularly informally.
And, I want to learn more about the study that declares that women who open up about infertility and are a part of a support group are more likely to get pregnant…that sounds intriguing!
Anyway, watch it (you can see it below). Tell me what you love about it. And, I invite you today to connect with others and talk about infertility. There is no need to be silent anymore. Find a support group. Here are some great resources:
ldsInfertility.org Finding Support — If you start a support group (or you are currently part of one) and want me to list it on the website, please let me know. Or, if you want some ideas and suggestions about how to start one, I’d love to help–just send me an email.
Of course, I must share how grateful I am for the knowledge of a loving Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. In Them we find the greatest support, understanding, love, and strength. In the most difficult of times, Christ has been the One who has provided for me exactly what I needed. He made things right when all around me seemed to crumble. He gave me purpose and a drive to move forward when all seemed lost. He knows. He understands. He delivers. (see Matthew 11:28-30, Alma 7:11-13)
And, come back tomorrow for more on Male Infertility.