Shout It From The Rooftops…Do Not Be Silent

My sweet friend, Tiffany, from The Pfifer’s Journey Through Infertility has awarded me with the “I Will Not Be Silent” award.


The following is for all my infertility friends…this is something we all can relate too…

This award is for all the infertility women out there who have experienced all or some of the following…..

* If you could make a little house from used pee sticks and OPKs
* If you talk in TTC acronyms nobody except people on the internet understand
* If you have ever been stuck with any needles in order to achieve pregnancy
* If you have had to stick yourself, or your husband has had to turn into your nurse in order to do it for you
* If you’ve ever seen a blank ultrasound screen
* If you know what a cootercam is
* If you have ever gotten shower invites, family photos, or birth announcements in the mail and had a good cry
* If you have watched someone go through an entire cycle of pregnancy in the time it took you to even try
* If you have ever heard “just relax” or “it’s not your time” or “your still young”
* If you dread holidays because you cannot announce a pregnancy to your family
* If you dread holidays because there are no children to share them with
* If you have ever held a baby or child and quietly pretended for a second that they’re yours
* If you have ever walked around the store in order to avoid the baby/toddler section
* If you cannot park in the front spots of a store because they are for pregnant and expectant mothers only
* If you’ve ever had to go IN the baby/toddler section of a store in order to buy something for someone else’s baby
* If you’ve ever yelled out during watching a movie or tv show about someone who’s trying for a baby, “That’s SO not realistic!”
* If you’ve ever sat around with a group of women who shared birth stories and labor pains and felt like you didn’t fit in.
* If you’ve ever told anyone you are infertile and they’re response was, “That sucks. I’m super fertile! I can have all the kids I want!”
* If a fertile person ever told you that they would be your surrogate because they have no problem getting pregnant
* If you have ever gotten a shower invite through email while sitting at work trying to forget about TTC
* If you know what an RE is
* If you have ever graphed out your cycle on chart paper
* If you have ever checked to see if your cervical mucus was eggwhite or clear, or could stretch 5 inches between your fingers and you know people in the next stall over are thinking, “What is she doing in there?”
* If you were disappointed that you couldn’t find any
* If you have kept a HPT or OPK in your purse to use when you were at work or out just in case
* If you can’t wait to see the peak symbol
* If you have ever spat on a microscope in order to see ferns
* If you laugh when people tell you to use pillows under your butt after sex
* If you have picked out crib bedding or nursery decor online and you’re not pregnant
* If you have ever felt panic when seeing a pregnant lady

If you meet the criteria above, or you’d like to submit your own, please post the following award on your blog. This is for all of the women who will no longer be silent about their infertility. This is to remind you that you need not be ashamed and you are definitely not alone. This is to remind you to speak up about your situation and to have faith!!!!!!

Rules for posting award:

  1. Nominate 4 others who have not been “silent about their infertility”
  2. Enjoy speaking out and speaking up 😀

It’s hard to only pick four because there are many of you who are outspoken, so feel free to post this as well….but my four are:

Alicia @ Yaya Stuff
Rachael @ Little Bites of Heaven
Melissa @ Hope Floats
Karin Katherine @ Mommy Matters

“Without Faith, nothing is possible…with Faith nothing is IMpossible!!!!!”

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Comments

  1. Thank you! I was amazed at how many of those things on the list that I have done.

    But I have to say, it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of a cootercam…bwhahha!!

  2. Oh man – I’m going through that list, saying “Yep, check, done that”… right there with you!

  3. you are so sweet, thank you.

  4. This is just… I don’t even know. I’m reading it and there’s sad piano music playing at my house and it just makes me want to cry because I know. I know all of this and I hate that anyone else has to go through it.

    My friends just went through their second cycle of IVF (one right after another) and found out over the weekend it didn’t work. I hate it for her, for you, for everyone else that knows how it feels.

    Honestly, I’m so glad you posted it – while it sucks to know others are suffering with this, it’s also a blessing to know we aren’t the only ones. There’s a fellowship of women that understand, and they need to find each other.

  5. Although I am not currently in this position… I fear it so much! It’s nice to see the support that is out there for people dealing with this!

  6. awwww, thanks honey! Yep, we are a sisterhood and I know you will be joining me on the other side of the finish line.
    ; 0 )

    Karin

  7. YUP!! Could check almost each one of those with a YES,done that..
    one to add…
    Newborns!! Hearing them cry in a store. I have had to leave several because I am crying…..not fair!!!
    I am so thankful for Blogs because I did feel all alone until I found these!! After 2 failed IVF cycles we are done…or I should say I am done. I am know looking at other options. Just not sure…oh and got a ‘shrink’.
    Hang in there….you still have options!!
    Diane

  8. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Sarah

    http://blanket.ws

  9. I just found your blog. Love it! I totally have been in some of those situations. (I haven’t been as open about our fertility on our blog as you have, but I hope I will be able to one day.) We are an infertile couple as well, but haven’t been in a situation to start fertility treatments. Thanks for being a voice for infertile couples! 🙂

  10. I don’t want to be obnoxious but I want to comment on every single one of your posts about infertility! I’m visiting from SITS!!!! I think we should just become penpals – I’m going to email you now! And I just have to say publicly even though this is an old post and probably no one will see it – NO ONE that has had a baby understands infertility. I would even go so far to say that once you’ve had a baby after struggling, you forget what it was like. Argh! I have a lot more to say…

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