On Overcoming the Infertility ‘Ick Factor’

Some subjects make us squirm. They’re not part of our comfortable consciousness. We know they exist but, given our druthers, we’d rather avoid than confront them. They suffer from the “ick factor.” Even in 2008, some 25 years after pioneering treatments became available, infertility is one of those subjects. It’s no wonder those of us diagnosed with various infertility factors shrink […]

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Would You Read This Book? (Updated)

UPDATED: Would this Silent Sorority book description (distilled with reader input) lead you to pick up the book and crack open the spine? And is the book something you might pass along or refer to relatives or friends who are not steeped in the infertility experience? Silent Sorority© Silent Sorority explores a topic that has been virtually overlooked since the […]

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Role Models and Putting Emotions Work

I’m devoting this year to making huge leaps and bounds in managing my infertility and its legacy. For the first time since my IVF failures I am going to look to the future no longer handicapped by confusion and ambiguity. If all goes well, I expect to exit the cul-de-sac I’ve been navigating aimlessly once and for all. Among other […]

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Tall, Asthmatic and “Childfree?”

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Tall, asthmatic and childfree. These are three attributes that describe me. I didn’t choose them. They chose me. What’s curious is the way society assesses these attributes, especially the last one. I came to this conclusion after reading a few posts this week about the notion of childfree. The first came from Loribeth who makes some compelling arguments about the […]

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Words of Chance, Caution and Kindness

The voice of the late 20-something echoed in the ladies room. “I wonder if I’ll be as laid back as Christina when I get pregnant…” When I get pregnant. A casual, off-handed expression of inevitability. It’s what I once uttered with all the certainty and innocence of one who didn’t know any better. “Sure, you will,” came the reply from […]

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