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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Advice needed for National Infertility Awareness Week

Tonight, as I informed my husband that it was National Infertility Awareness Week, he old me to "just post something on FB about it, to make others more aware."

My heart of course skipped a beat because I said, "umm...doesn't that officially 'out' us to everyone in the FB world?!"

But then I thought more and well, I think I would be okay with posting something because people need to be more aware of IF...and that's what this week is for after all, right?

So, even though there are many that know we are struggling, many more have.no.clue.

I don't feel comfortable writing a personal tidbit about it, more just a "hey guys, be aware!!!" and so I think I want to.

And if someone asks questions or realizes there's another person going through what they are...well then, thats even better.

So are there any articles that y'all have seen on FB or anywhere really, that would be a good thing to post?

Let me know and I'll let y'all know if I actually go through with it...

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." [Winston Churchill]
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16 comments:

Rebecca said...

Oh I wish I had something for you...maybe the Pope's recent comments on IF?

All I've seen so far is pro-IVF, pro-surrogacy, pro-anything-that-is-not-pro-life...It has been really really hard to take.

I posted a general statement on my work FB page...and I'm going to post a link to PPVI tomorrow there as well...I definitely held my breath as I hit publish even though most of the fans of the work page are personal friends, but rather just people I've met through work.

Ugh, sorry this is so long and useless. (((hugs)))

Lisa said...

You inspired me to post something on my FB page. I linked to this: http://www.catholicinfertilityjourney.com/

It links to so many other Bubble bloggers that I thought it would be a good resource. HUGS!!!!

one joyful day said...

Dooooo it!! I wish I were brave enough to write something but you bet I will totally back you up and be the first one to 'like' your status! ;) I saw that cousin of a friend wrote something too and I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely scary to "come out" like you said but people would be more aware and if someone asks you a question you don't want everyone to see you answer you can always message them. Good luck whatever you decide, sister!

Lisa said...

FYI: after I wrote something about this week in my status, I got a FB message from a friend from high school, telling me she miscarried last wednesday at 9 weeks. She hadn't announced her pregnancy yet and felt so alone-- I'm glad you inspired me to write something, J, and to provide a link.

JellyBelly said...

I wish I could be as brave as you! I definitely think the suggestions above are great -- especially a link to PPVI!

Praying for you!

imusthaveprayedforpatience said...

You go, brave girl! Maybe you could search the National Catholic Register's web page for an article to link to. Seems like I saw something there a few months ago.

Rebecca said...

Sent you a FB Message with the post from my work page :).

Megan said...

I have been wanting to post something as well, I would love to see what you choose to write.

BlessedBeLord said...

I wish I had the courage to post something on FB but I fear what the world would think about us!

Laura said...

I had this exact struggle last NIAW. I outted us on FB then. Lots of people already knew, but I got a lot of positive messages and comments! I posted a link to my blogger challenge post and wrote something like "It's National Infertility Awareness Week and yes, I am infertile. Please read my blog submission etc etc" I did the same again this year and heard from some new people on FB (who apparently ignored my post last year) I was scared both times, but I felt like it was the perfect week to be brave! Someone has to put it out there :) I'll probably link something about NaPro/ CrMs this week too. Good luck!

Hebrews 11:1 said...

This is a great one: http://www.resolve.org/support-and-services/for-family--friends/infertility-etiquette.html

I also like the Laura Bush quote, I think I might use it for a post of my own. I know when I was still struggling, it was definitely hard to post things that indicated my own IF.

A link to PPVI would also be good!

Leanne said...

check out http://www.resolve.org/national-infertility-awareness-week/home-page.html they have all kinds of resources for anyone dealing with infertility (lots of blogger stuff there too).

Waiting Hopefully said...

I also posted a link to The Catholic Infertility Journey and stated, "In honor of Infertility Awareness Week". Perhaps it will raise a few eyebrows as to whether or not my husband and I are battling infertility, but it doesn't specifically say it. It might be a good option if you just want people to be aware but not necessarily aware of your situation.

Perfect Power in Weakness said...

Praying you have the courage and wisdom to post! No doubt there is someone else out there that will read your post and find comfort and a new hope. Let us know what you decide!

Julie said...

I hardly remember the days when no one knew. After 11 years of IF, everyone knows.

Faith makes things possible said...

Thank y'all SOOO much for the words of encouragement!! It helped me make my decision!