Today begins National Infertility Awareness Week. This is not an issue that has directly impacted me. It has been part of the lives of friends and family, though. Their stories are ongoing or have ended in any variety of ways. They’re incredible stories of hope, pain, faith, sadness, and love.
There are stories of the love mothers feel for children who are wanted so badly. There are stories of husbands and wives who cry together, wrapped in one another’s arms. There are happy endings. There is disappointment. So many stories.
I’ve told the stories of two families here. Maggie and Brandon’s story now includes a chapter of successful IVF. They are over halfway through a pregnancy with twins! But it began with questions – posed to several doctors, each other, the universe. Questions.
Ashley and Todd found their family in a way that was most unexpected and heart-wrenching. That family has filled a place in their lives, but the answer to why they were infertile in the first place never came to light. Questions.
These are only two stories, but there are so. many. more. One in eight couples have issues with infertility. There are many more. All with their own questions.
Here are a few pages to find find out more about infertility – this week or any time.
Infertility Etiquette – Some thoughts on how to support someone in your life who’s struggling with infertility.
Ask questions – This year’s theme for National Infertility Awareness Week is “Start Asking,” and this linked page gives you some ideas of questions you can ask to help spread the word and make this a more talked about subject.
With one in eight couples going through this, no one is alone, but it can sometimes feel that way. What can you do to be sure they know they’re not?