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You Are Not Alone
A blog by Lisa Newton, April 21, 2015
It’s National Infertility Awareness Week and the theme this year is “You Are Not Alone.” Infertility can make you feel isolated and like you’re the only person struggling to conceive. But the fact is that 1 out of every 8 couples of reproductive age deal with infertility in some form. That means it’s very likely that there are people on your block, in your family, in your office, and in your place of worship who are also experiencing infertility.
Talking about infertility can be scary and leave you feeling vulnerable. But only by talking about it can we make it less taboo and remove the shame that often surrounds it.
I’ve discovered that the more I talk about infertility, the less isolated I feel. Before I started sharing my story, I was the only person I knew who was having trouble conceiving. But I slowly began opening up to people, sharing my experiences with a small group of people at first. They were supportive and accepting, and I gained confidence to share with more people.
Then people started sharing their stories with me. Three years ago, I knew no one who had experienced infertility. Now, I know of at least a dozen people in my circle of friends and colleagues who also struggled and are still struggling. Our relationships have deepened and we've been able to cry and cheer with each other during births, pregnancies, adoptions, and miscarriages.
Now I share my story with people all over the world through my blog. But you don’t have to blog to feel less isolated. Start by sharing your story with just one person who you believe will be supportive and encouraging. Take that first step to relieve yourself from isolation. You will surely find that you are not alone!