. So I was reading this post about the kind of parent this blogger thought she might be when she was a kid, based on TV parents she had watched growing up. That got me to thinking… . Q. What kind of parent do I want to be? That is, if I ever even get […]
Monday, May 20th, 2013. CD9. Yo. It’s been a hot minute, right? I just haven’t really had much to say lately, I guess. I’m still working through some things, where I am having trouble getting excited for this cycle. I have chunks of time where I feel a little indifferent, but I’m trying. That being […]
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013. CD3. Two things happened in the past 24 hours to make me think about my apathy toward this cycle. One, was reading my horoscope late in the day yesterday, after I had already written the post stating how I just don’t know what I feel toward TTC these days. You may […]
Monday, May 13th, 2013. CD2. Howdy folks. I wish I had felt well enough to put fingers to keyboard yesterday, but alas, I did not. There were so many lovely Mother’s Day posts floating around our little corner of the interwebs yesterday though, I doubt you really needed my two cents. Though, of course, I […]
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013. CD18. Howdy, folks. I’m so sorry I’ve been slacking lately. I expected to finish out NIAW with this grand Q & A post in vlog form, and then this lovely sinus infection/mucus overload/dry cough/croaky voice thing happened, and I both look and sound terrible. Ain’t nobody wanna see that. So that […]
It’s only fitting that National Infertility Awareness Week should coincide with what would have been my due date. Nothing makes you more aware of your infertility than a baby you loved, but never got to meet. *** Last August, the most amazing thing happened. The pregnancy test strips I was using to test out the […]
Sometimes being supportive isn’t so much what you say to someone who’s struggling, but what you do.
A hug can say more in its simplicity than a whole monologue on how “what’s meant to be will be” and “you’ll be a mother someday, I just know it”.
There are so many ways we can support our fellow Infertiles this National Infertility Awareness Week, and many of them don’t require a word out of our mouths.
For the intrepid few, sometimes a tattoo shows their struggle and their support. These are mine.
You can update the profile photo on your social media accounts with this Twibbon, showing your support.
You can update your Facebook cover photo with one of these fabulous creations from The Infertility Voice.
You can help to educate others and encourage sensitivity by posting links on social media to information that will help others our struggle. There is a great article here, and some wonderful tips on infertility etiquette here.
I particularly love infographics like these:
There’s also this cheeky little claymation rendering of What Not To Say To Someone With An Uncooperative Uterus.
You can support, inspire, advocate, and show a great deal of compassion without speaking a word this week.
Maybe give some of these a try:
I look forward to your submissions, and I look forward to being inspired!
Keep up the good work, folks.
This NIAW, we can get the word out about infertility, and we can do it as loudly or as quietly as we like!
We can make a difference – Join the movement!
*** Have you ever been stuck in an awkward conversation with someone you don’t know well? Yeah. Me too. And then the million dollar question comes up… The “why don’t you have babies?” question. Yeah. That one. And then you word-vomit your entire non-reproductive history onto them, things get even more awkward, you realize there’s […]
Today, April 21st, 2013, marks the first day of this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). NIAW was created by RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, to help bring awareness to the disease, those who suffer, and ways the public can help. Each year has a theme, and this year’s message is Join the Movement. Those […]
In case you haven’t seen this floating around FacebookLand, here’s a fantastic way to squash any of your so-called friends’ wayward thoughts of SUUUUPER creative April Fool’s Day false pregnancy jokes.
(Thankfully, I haven’t seen any yet today, but in previous years I’ve seen them all over…)
I hope your day is Fool-free!!