“Infertility is one of those words you hear tossed around a lot. Everyone knows someone who has had a difficult time starting a family. Because of that, the severity of infertility is often lost because of the sheer fact that so many people are effected by it. To those who haven’t dealt with infertility themselves (or has seen someone up close and personal deal with it), you may not fully understand the grueling emotional, physical, spiritual and mental toll it takes on you. The hopelessness, loneliness and devastation that women and men feel at the hands of infertility is no joke. And it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Those who battle infertility are often seen with smiles on their faces in public, but suffer tremendously behind closed doors. In a world where an emphasis is highly placed on when you’re going to get pregnant, pregnancy announcements, gender reveals, raising perfect children, documenting play dates, baby boutiques, mommy bloggers and exuding motherly perfection, those who are unable to participate in those things are constantly reminded of so.
Be kind and considerate when discussing your pregnancy and/or children. 1 in 8 couples faces infertility. 61% are facing it silently. I am 1 in 8. Although I am now a mother to my beautiful Ezra, infertility will always be a part of my past and my future. Because of that, I will always be hurt by insensitive comments.
To those of you suffering, you are not alone. I know your pain. You have a tribe of women and men who are here for you. Who are rooting you on. We will have faith for you when your faith has run out. It is my greatest hope and prayer that every person who desires to be a parent has the opportunity to do so. Keep moving forward. Surround yourself with positive people. Do what you need to do to protect your happiness. Cry when you feel like it. Be angry. Be frustrated. But never, ever, ever give up. As ugly as infertility is, I promise that a beautiful life is ahead of you. ❤️❤️❤️”
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