Infertility: (n) the inability to have a child that affects 1 in 8 couples.
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). During this week it’s important to become aware of the signs, symptoms, and awareness of infertility. Infertility is a SILENT disease. It doesn’t give you a fever or a rash that would make you aware of something isn’t right with your body. Sometimes it doesn’t give you any reason why you are unable to conceive and carry a child. Infertility isn’t something that someone would be able to see from the outside when you look at someone.
Infertility is something that takes you on a huge roller coaster of emotions. It gives you hope and lets you down within the same day. It makes you feel broken. It makes you feel incompetent. Infertility floods you with jealousy. Infertility makes you feel bitter at times. It gives you the emptiness. It consumes your life because it has taken away something you want more than anything in the world.
Who are the people that deal with infertility, you might ask?
We are sisters, daughters, granddaughters. We are aunts, uncles, brothers, husbands.
We are cancer survivors. We are diagnosed with PCOS. We are diagnosed with Endometriois.
We are the person standing next to you in the grocery store line. We are the cashier in that same grocery store. Think of 8 people you know…1 of them is dealing with infertility.
Don’t ignore us. We are people too!