Its been a busy last month. I’ve had hardly 3 days in a row in our home over the last month where we have been home or without visitors. I’ve been more than happy to accommodate guests and to take trips ourselves, but the reality is that in our cozy bungalow that means that any alone/computer/writing time has been non-existent. So while I haven’t been posting anything during this past link-up to during Infertility Awareness Week, I have been trying to follow along in my thoughts and prayers.
You just don’t forget about weeks like this. Even with a kid who just turned two.
My most viewed post, by far, has been when I wrote on Why infertile women can’t get over themselves.
It has also been the post that I’ve had to delete the most comments on over the past few years. I’ve gotten such vicious, hateful comments on this piece that I had to break my vow to publish whatever comments people decided to take the time to share with me.
I’m not sure why I share that piece of information, other than it points to the fact that, no matter how much we tire of this subject or just wish it and all the horrible feelings associated with it would just go away, reflections and thoughts on it must still be shared.
Many people clearly still think that sharing about why you feel such a grief over something is a narcissistic and inappropriate. Or that trying to unpack the complicated emotions surrounding a topic such as the inability to conceive and bare a child makes you selfish or just focusing on the negative.
I just don’t understand that. Talking and writing about things are how we heal and move forward.
If we can’t talk about something like this and ever be allowed to process our grief, in a healthy manner, we are surely destined for a life of bitterness.
So I’m glad there’s been a week of articles and thoughts on infertility, especially from the Catholic perspective since there are layers of grief and complication present that may not be present otherwise. And I’m even more thankful for the women who have helped open up this conversation on their own blogs, even though they haven’t experienced it themselves.
For more information, please go read the links here.
St. Gianna, pray for us!