My Place in Infertility

 

Thanks to Sharon Denney from funny girls of fertility for the guest post. It means a lot to me and the other people that are dealing with infertility. Check her website below for more details.

http://www.funnygirlsoffertility.com/

 

 I had a lady email me the other day, and she said, “Not to criticize here, but are you dealing with infertility or do you just support it?”  I honestly had never been asked that, so I was a little intimidated when I let her know that, here I am a fertility blogger, who has never actually dealt with infertility.  

I started my mission after my brother and his wife had suffered through three failed IVF cycles.  I felt like they never had answers to the obstacles they were facing.  I felt as though their clinical staff didn’t provide them with enough knowledge to get them through such a whirlwind time.

I was just starting up nursing school, kind of a lost soul myself, wondering where I was going to end up.  Hearing about the self-administered injections, the constant appointments, and all the numbers that my brother and his wife were throwing at me, I was confused!  I was confused and I was in nursing school (let me add at one of the top 3 nursing schools in the state of Texas) how could someone with no medical background understand all this crap!?  Needless to say, after graduating I became an IVF nurse.

Before working in infertility, I didn’t know how to empathize with such a difficult situation.  When you are in the thick of infertility your mind tends to just stay there, and not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I want to help those who can’t see that light.

That’s when FunnyGirlsofFertility.com started.  It’s terrifying to jump into and actively support a cause you have never personally dealt with.  Not going to lie, I was REAL scared.  I thought I was going to be eaten alive by internet trolls.  I’m forever grateful that the infertility community took me in, and not once made me feel as though I don’t belong.  

Infertility is hard, y’all.  Not only did I see my very closest family member deal with it, but I have seen a bajillion patients go through it.  Some successful without too many failed attempts, some going through treatment for the last 10 years with no success.  

My brother and sister-in-law ended up adopting the most perfect baby imaginable.  The amount of joy she has brought to our family is ridiculous.  Although they didn’t have their own biological child, they dealt their infertility card the way they were supposed to.  

I know when you are dealing with infertility you may think your family doesn’t understand or really care about your uphill battle, but that’s not the case.  It’s challenging to comprehend such an overwhelming topic, let alone a very personal one.  Some family members and friends may just not know how to approach it!  That’s where I feel like I found my place in the infertility community.  Kind of an accepted outsider?!  

Through my few years of working in infertility, I know that it seems like a never-ending battle, but I have seen an immense amount of battles won.  Don’t give up!

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I am James Doherty. AKA Scantily Dad. I have survived three IVF treatments with my beautiful wife Olivia and am now the proud father of twins Max and Mathilda. My blog www.scantilydad.com is the most informative, cutting edge and insightful website on the internet. Due to high demand from the twins I might take a while in responding but feel free to get in touch.

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