Saturday, April 30, 2011

The End of NIAW 2011...

...Thanks for putting up with all my NIAW facts this week. I know all of us have different views on this subject and many others. My opinions on TTC, IVF, adoption, etc...from 2 years ago to now have DRASTICALLY changed. Two years ago, I had no idea about IVF, adoption or how hard it was to get pregnant nor did I know the brutal emotions of all of this. I hope that my random facts maybe gave you something to think about or wanted you to learn a bit more about infertility whether you have dealt with it or not. Remember that it affects 1 in 8 so next time you're in a restaurant or at church or even at work, look around, there may be a woman or man suffering the quiet battle of infertility. I leave you with one more fact:

According to the adoption agency, Love Basket, a US domestic adoption cost over $18,000. So the next time, someone tells you that they're dealing with infertility, please don't immediately say, "Why don't you just adopt?" Infertility is heartbreaking and expensive no matter which route you go...IUI, IVF, adoption or the choice to live childless. It wears on your soul, your marriage and your faith. It knocks you down and you have to take everything you have to stand up to it and get it its face.

The most important thing you can do for a friend or family member dealing with infertility is love them, listen to them and support them. Don't tell them to relax, don't assure them it'll happen...just love and support them and let them know you're there for them. You bloggy friends do a great job of that for me and I can't thank you all enough!

2 comments :

Christy said...

Great advice - love you, bloggy friend!

Slamdunk said...

Well said--a sad situation that so many folks struggle with.