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Monday, July 26, 2010

Thank You Self Magazine

I subscribe to Self magazine and was pleasantly suprised when I received the August 2010 issue. They covered a 5 page (yes 5 page) story on a womans struggle with infertility and the shame that goes with it. It went on to talk about infertility being a disease, just like cancer, that no one wants to talk about. There are groups out there trying to bring awareness to it and to raise money and beg governments for more research, but they have no one rallying behind them. Why are we so ashamed of this? It's not like we chose it. It doesn't make us any less of a human being. What it has done is made us stronger and honestly more appreciative. I am not ashamed of my infertility. Oddly enough it has become a part of me and it has shaped me to be the person I am right now. I am proud of how much love and appreciation I will have for our child because I know the struggle and heartache it took to have that child in my arms. For those of you struggling with infertility please speak out. Go pick up a copy of this magazine and read the story. After you have done that you can go to www.self.com and make your comments and they will become part of the CDC's National Action Plan to address the causses of prevention and infertility.

Thank you to Self for putting this out there for others who do not know what we go through to read. I know there are a lot of people out there that think having children is a choice, but I would like to see those very same people striped of their right to have a child and see what they think then. It's easy to judge and make your opinions when you've never walked in that persons shoes.

4 comments:

Faith said...

Yes, I read it! I also loved it. There is a link to it online:

http://www.self.com/health/2010/08/breaking-the-silence-on-infertility

Thanks for posting this!

Amber said...

I am so encouraged to see that someone actually posted a good article about infertility. It's about time! You're so right- it is very poorly understood and secretive. We didn't do anything to deserve this and our babies are no less special (if not more so) than any others. Thanks for spreading the word!

黃湘嬌 said...

我們能互相給予的最佳禮物是「真心的關懷」。..................................................

Amber D'Amico said...

Thanks for sharing this... I'm going to steal this information and post it up on my blog :) I relate (as most on the infertility journey) to the emotions described in this article.

"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. John 9:3