Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why Blog About Infertility?

I am not a writer and will never claim to be, so why am I blogging?  It all started with a conversation with a friend on a topic that we are passionate about because we are involuntarily directly connected to it.  That topic would be infertility.  We were discussing how women do not talk what they are going through during infertility, even though the statistics are staggering on the amount of women experiencing infertility.
  • Number of married women ages 15-44 that are infertile (unable to get pregnant for at least 12 consecutive months): 2.1 million
  • Percent of married women ages 15-44 that are infertile: 7.4%
  • Number of women ages 15-44 who have ever used infertility services: 7.3 million

I am not sure why we don't talk about our experiences.  Some guesses would be, feeling embarrassed that we are not easily able to do what so many other women can do, or it is too painful, or we feel that others who do not have this experience really wouldn't understand. Women today have to hear about all of these perfect 40+ women in Hollywood having babies and many having multiples, saying it is such a miracle that I am pregnant!  It is frustrating to someone who is going through infertility to listen to these women, who more than likely went through fertility treatments, lead women to believe that they got pregnant without any help.  Thank you Celine Dion for honestly sharing your story of infertility!  There are others who have also shared there story, but it would just be nice if more of the so called perfect Hollywood women would be honest about their story.  Women need to support each other and lift each other up! 

So why am I blogging about my journey?  I guess there are a few reasons, the most important being that if telling my story could in any way help someone else who is suffering from infertility, than that would be the best result of this blog!  On a personal note, I deal with difficult situations internally and I have always been told when you are dealing with something difficult write about it, so I am.  My journey will start 2 years ago with a couple excited and ready to start a family.

1 comment:

  1. Go Cheri! I'm so proud of you. Keep it going-I look forward to reading more:)