Hi there, have we met before? If not let me introduce myself:
I am a country-living, ice tea drinking, good book reading, farming, ranching, Jesus-loving, curly-headed wife of a seminary professor. He’s a teacher, I’m a writer. He’s a thinker, I’m a creative. Together we make our home on a small farm in Texas.
Nicole has been such an encouragement and blessing to me. And somehow, even though we only live a few hours apart, we’ve never met! One of these days we’ll turn this online friendship into a face-to-face friendship.
Nicole offered to share her online space with me today for a very specific purpose: to help spread the word about infertility. April 21-27 is National Infertility Awareness Week, and as a woman who is currently battling infertility, I am passionate about spreading awareness about the struggles and hardships of infertility.
A few facts:
- Each year approximately 1 in 6 couples in the United States are diagnosed with some level of infertility.
- “Infertility” is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse for women under the age of 35. Women 35 and older may be diagnosed after 6 months of unprotected, well-timed intercourse.
- 30% of infertility is the result of an ovulatatory disfunction (i.e. there is a problem with the woman’s ovulation cycle).
- 30% of infertility is the result of a problem with the man (i.e. sperm structure or production).
- Many women who face infertility describe their situation as “lonely,” “isolating,” and “painful.”
- There is a large spectrum of treatments for infertility, with varying degrees of invasiveness and cost.
- My husband and I have been trying to conceive (often abbreviated TTC) for almost 4 years.
- We were officially diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” in February 2012 (the same month our foster boys were removed from our home).
- We have tried various therapies and treatments, from “alternative” therapies to traditional western medical treatments.
- We’ve experienced the pain and frustration of two failed IUIs.
- Until last November, my husband and I kept our struggle to ourselves. We were completely unwilling to share our story, and to some extent we were unwilling to accept our diagnosis.
National Infertility Awareness Week:
This week on my blog, A Royal Daughter, I am dedicating the entire week to spreading awareness about infertility, offering encouragement for those battling infertility, and providing resources for friends and family of those facing infertility. Topics will include:
- Ideas for stepping up out of the pit of infertility and converting negative emotions and energies into productive, worthwhile activities.
- Collaborative efforts from women currently battling infertility, and how they overcame common lies women believe about infertility.
- Online and print resources for those battling infertility as well as those who want to come alongside and encourage and support their infertile friends and family members.
- How to be a friend to couples dealing with infertility
- Owning your infertility + embracing the waiting period
- Collaborative efforts from women who have made it through to the other side of infertility straight to the hearts of those currently navigating the muddy waters of infertility.
- Infertility from the husband’s perspective.
There will also be a giveaway during the week with items I’ve hand-selected to offer encouragement to those battling infertility. My goal is to offer encouragement and inspiration not only to those currently facing the isolation and frustration of infertility, but for those who wonder how they can minister to their friends who are facing infertility.
I hope you’ll join us, and help spread awareness about infertility. It is an isolating journey, but it doesn’t have to be. You can connect with me at my website, on twitter, facebook, and instagram. I’m also on pinterest and google. However you decide to connect with me, please take time to introduce yourself!