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A case of the Bah-Humbugs

a blog by Claire, December 18, 2012

There are two types of people celebrating the winter holidays: those who are full of holiday spirit... and those who are NOT.

Some people whip out their alphabetized holiday card list as they pack away the Thanksgiving leftovers. They’ve finished their holiday shopping by September 1st (save for the few Black Friday must-haves) and have the tree up before you can blink. They have that permanent fruit-cake-eating smile on their face and you could swear you hear a faint “Jingle Bell” tune anytime they enter the room.

The rest would love to be spreading holiday cheer with the best of them, but they're suffering from an infertility induced case of the Bah-Humbugs. They’re still shopping on Christmas Eve, the tree is half decorated (if at all), and the turkey is still in the freezer chest. How long does that thing take to defrost anyway?

Maybe they’ve just been diagnosed. High FSH, Low AMH, or that “string of pearls” diagnosis called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Ovarian jewelry! Who knew?

Maybe they just wrapped up a second failed IVF cycle or are apprehensively looking into donor egg IVF. Whatever it is that's making them feel more like the Grinch than ol’ St. Nick, they need to know their feelings are justified. It is OK to feel down. It is OK to skip the holiday festivities. They won’t be kicked off the holiday present list just for politely declining an invitation to Christmas dinner. You know what else? There are countless others out there who share those sentiments.

If you’re one of the self-proclaimed Scrooges in need of some holiday survival help, sign up for Fertile Thoughts where a community of women with infertility will support you, laugh with you, and ease you through the season. While you’re surfing the web, check out the Holiday Infertility Survival Guide for coping tips and the comedic writing styles of Fertility Authority’s bloggers. You may not be marching to the holiday beat, but with these survival tools, you’ll be smiling again for the New Year.


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