2.06.2011

You are not alone...

(image borrowed from http://www.ilissabanhazlmft.com/infertility-counseling-pasadena-ca.htm)

While you may be well aware that Utah has one of the highest birth rates in the nation, you may not know that infertility will affect one in eight American couples. With numbers like these, it may not be too far of a stretch to imagine that you, or someone close to you, may be dealing with this painful--and sometimes incurable--experience.

Many of those who are victims of the devastating effects of infertility can experience any or all of the following:

-Depression; feelings of hopelessness or loss of interest
-Feelings of failure or incompetence
-Indirect anger
-Jealousy/Bitterness

The good news is that no matter what your circumstances, you do not have to battle it alone.
Within recent years, there has been a shift towards the acceptance and understanding of the nature of this condition. Every day, more and more literature is being published and further research is conducted to forward the efforts of effective treatment.

Several months ago, SELF magazine published a courageous and inspiring article about the damaging effects infertility can have on couples who feel they are struggling alone.

It stressed the importance of having the courage to speak out about your experiences, not only to help heal others as well as yourself, but in the hopes that there will be an increased importance and emphasis on infertility as a disease. Without proper attention, it is unlikely that any research or improvements will be made to benefit those who are suffering. While there has been much development over recent years, there is still a long way to go.

(Find the entire article here:
http://www.self.com/health/2010/08/breaking-the-silence-on-infertility?currentPage=2)

Recently, Lisa Ling, a television journalist and reporter for The Oprah Winfrey Show, came forward with her own miscarriage and the feelings she experienced of loss, hopelessness and failure. She has since started her own website for women, entitled
"The Secret Society of Women"; a safe haven where women can anonymously join and post their own concerns about shortcomings and fears.

Other websites throughout the nation are also beginning to thrive, shedding some well deserved light on what once was (and still can feel as) a dark and lonely isolation.
The Kansas City Infertility Awareness site has been launched to support and inform women throughout their state and beyond. They will also be hosting their first event in April of this year.

RESOLVE is the nation's leading authority on infertility and it's effects and has recently opened a new chapter in Salt Lake City. They offer support groups, an infertility hotline, and a vast array of opportunities to assist or volunteer.
You can find more information on their own website here.

Whether you are experiencing infertility or know someone who is, don't be afraid to reach out. There are vast opportunities for education and support--and there are others who will benefit from your own counsel. Infertility is heart-wrenching, painful, and at times, completely unbearable. Yet, there are those who can understand and are willing to offer up what we sometimes cannot find for ourselves--hope.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Could you add a graphic that we can post to our blogs about the upcoming event? Thanks!