National Infertility Awareness Week 2015 is coming to a close.

I’ve felt sad, frustrated, angry, invisible and hopeful.

I have advocated, screamed, cried and sighed a breath of relief.

I have truly felt it all.

Thankfully, I do feel the tide turning ever so slightly.

And, I will not stop until it has.

The messages portrayed in mainstream media, by celebrities and even our fertility clinics must change. But, we as a community, together, must also stop reinforcing and perpetuating these same messages.

We must be more than our numbers.

We must stop comparing our journeys.

We must be more than our quest to become parents.

We must never give up on ourselves.

We must practice hope balanced with active acceptance.

We must accept that there are many versions of the happy ending.

And, we must be in this together.

This week I wrote a piece for Resolve’s Bloggers Unite project, you can read the post here. To be honest I struggled immensely with writing this piece, it was a labor that I had to eventually walk away from not knowing that it was really my brave heart beginning to rear for my HuffPost piece.

My piece for HuffPost Parents is my soul’s song, it is my mission, it is my ever upward baby. I simply needed to write it after feeling so invisible myself this week, you can read the post here.

And finally, CNN ran our story and featured Ever Upward, you can read the piece here. There are no words for how grateful I am for this piece, how well Kelly wrote it and the feedback we are receiving on it. I only wish it reaches far and wide so others may find their permissions.

Please share, we have so much work to do in infertility education and compassion.

We also have so much work to do ourselves, and together my fellow warriors it can change.

3 thoughts on “More Difficult Than I Thought

  1. Dr. Vera says:

    Justine, this resonates to the heart of my mission to provide a more balanced approach to the entire fertility process. Too often, patients are marginalized, and relying too heavily on outside factors ( numbers, stats) missing the whole point altogether. We ( both docs and patients) and spend too much time ignoring basics. Getting pregnant isn’t about egg and sperm at all, its about re-establishing balance in life and feeling inspired by the existence of YOU- this is what brings acceptance- baby or not. Loving and accepting your body in all its faults, but not ignoring when it asks for help. I’ve had many braveheart moments myself in coming to this conclusion in practice and thus inspiring the creation of the My Fertility Cures Retreat. Our message of hope is about exploring all options. not just the medicalized ones. There has to be a different way to view fertility.

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    1. Checking out your website and I am so excited! I would love to connect if we could! Thank you for reading and commenting and for doing the work you are doing!! Justine

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