If you are struggling with infertility, you should also check out Redbook Magazine’s “No Shame Campaign,” entitled “The Truth About Trying.” Sharing video “infertility stories from celebrities and women like you,” the campaign’s mission is to pull back the veil of shame that often accompanies infertility. I know a lot about the shame. My husband and struggled through two miscarriages and years of infertility before our daughter was ultimately born.
Too often couples experiencing infertility go into hiding, as we did. We didn’t talk about it with other struggling couples. There was no Internet to turn to for information and sharing. We didn’t seek out help as early as we could have and when we did, were told by two doctors to “come back when you’re pregnant.” It was a struggle to finally get to the right doctor who understood and could help.
That’s why this campaign resonates with me. As Redbook asks, “One in eight women in the United States will struggle with infertility, so why don’t we talk about it? End the secrecy by watching these videos and posting your own. Listen, learn more and reach out to the women in your life.”
If you are struggling with infertility, watch the videos and visit Resolve, the national infertility association working in partnership with Redbook on this project. I found Marissa Jaret Winokur’s video especially poignant. The Hairspray star talks about her struggle with infertility after a radical hysterectomy caused by cervical and uterine cancer. Six years later, she became the mother of a son with the help of a surrogate. Her Plan B was her happy ending:
The truth about trying is that you are not alone. Whatever you’re struggling with, it’s always a bit easier once you find your tribe, the others who know because they’ve been there too. Keep looking for the information and support you need. Go to Redbook and Resolve, which offers all kind of reproductive health information I never had 20+ years ago. Take advantage of it today.
Survival > Existence,
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