Who’s On Stage?
Set the Stage At a moment’s notice, any given situation can elicit a variety of different reactions from within. Think for a moment about such a situation. You encounter an aggressive driver as you commute …
You’ve dreamed and planned for it for years. Maybe even discussed and picked out baby names. You’re finally in a place where you want to be a mom and dad. 6 months goes by, then a year. All around, friends are getting pregnant. Except you. The ovulating kits keep showing you’re ready. Time continues to race by with every month telling you that you aren’t pregnant. You and your partner go to the doctor for some tests. The phone rings. Life stands still. In one brief moment, your dreams are dashed and you and your partner have now just become a statistic. 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. 1 in 8. This week is Infertility Awareness Week. For some, this is not just one week of awareness. For some, it’s living, breathing, and facing every single day that your body isn’t doing what it’s ‘supposed’ to do. There is so much ambiguity wrapped around infertility: A disappointing hope. The anxiety of longing to prepare for a birthday, not knowing if a funeral service for broken dreams will need to be attended. Will IVF work? Wrestling with questions of faith, God, morality, and endless emotions. What do you do if you or a loved one faces infertility, miscarriage, or a still-birth?
*A great book about one woman’s journey through her infertility is: “Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility” by Elizabeth Hagan.