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Coming Out of My Shell (Grassroots Infertility Advocacy)
First things first, TIYE is pronounced TEE. My name is Regina Townsend, and I am the founder of The Broken Brown Egg blog.
I am in the last lap of my 20s, a proud Chicagoan (and occasional suburbanite), a library information grad student (last two semesters) and for the past five years, a wife. My husband (The Dude) and I have been hanging around infertility-ville for about four years, after trying to do the responsible thing and wait the obligatory “just enjoy each other” year. We’ve dabbled with pill abuse (Clomid), and lied to all our family members: “NO, we are NOT nearly ready for children!." Our great vacation into this loony bin is due to PCOS (me), hypothyroidism (me), Type 2 diabetes (Dude), and I’m sure weight is up in there somewhere.
Being a black woman, I quickly found, was a very quiet life in infertility. I believe that should change, so that no one else will have to feel like the lone wolf of the family. Of all the N/As of infertility, Not Alone should be the most important one. Advocacy is the key.