Happiness Sold Separately

Lolly Winston imbues her novel Happiness Sold Separately with poignant and meaningful passages and scenes that characterize the lasting and sometimes surprising impact that infertility visits on a couple’s relationship. Winston does a fine job weaving in the sense of isolation and alienation that comes to both partners when failing to conceive or losing an early pregnancy. The title says […]

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NIAW: You Can Make a Difference

I admit there’s irony in promoting an item about Infertility Awareness among my largely infertile readership — like y’all need any help being reminded of the difficulties in your world compliments of infertility. In fact there have been many times when I would have much preferred spending a week not being hyper aware of my fertility deficiency, but since there […]

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Promises, Promises

Hardly a week goes by when there isn’t some new study talking about a promising new fertility discovery or nefarious contributor to infertility. Take this study not long ago about the 350 genes involved in female fertility or this perplexing news about the impact of soy on sperm. It wasn’t long ago that I devoured those stories. I feasted on […]

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Revealing the Elephant in the Room

Infertility is like the elephant in the room. We all know it’s there but few are willing to acknowledge it. It strikes our sisters and brothers, our sons and daughters, our cousins, our friends, our colleagues and people all around us in the grocery store, the mall, the park. It can affect, in so many ways, the lives of persons sitting next to […]

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In Remembrance

 Just in its second formal year, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day will likely never rival other more universally recognized days of remembrance. It’s intended to show support and help those — many suffering in silence — following the heartbreak of losing a pregnancy or an infant.  Such a loss defies description. For the first time this evening, I’ll be […]

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A New Chapter – Guilt Not Included

Some of you have asked me to write about the moment when I stopped feeling childless and started feeling peace. I couldn’t do it because the actual moment hadn’t occurred — until now. You are here with me. My witnesses. The transition has been building for some time, but guilt was holding it back. Guilt is a powerful inhibitor. A […]

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