Healing Salon: Some Unfinished Business

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Spread the loveWelcome back. Pardon me while I tidy up a bit.  I need to get some of the dust and cobwebs off the furniture so I can offer those involved in the Healing Salon a place to sit, ponder and participate. For those new to this blog, here’s some background on it: The  Coming2Terms posts were initially written under a pseudonym. […]

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Our Next Guest: An Infertile Woman

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Spread the loveMy, my…how times have changed. Two years ago I could barely summon the courage to acknowledge at a BlogHer holiday meetup that I blogged about infertility. Now, I’m practically wearing a sash. I now chat about infertility with such ease that I sometimes forget that those outside of the infertility community need a little time to wrap their […]

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Going Up!

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An an infertile (that’s right, all you “as a moms,” … we infertiles can invoke superiority, too!), I’m happy to report that there’s finally a movie coming to theater near you that contains
a story line that portrays infertiles as endearing, not selfish … sweet, not reviled or pitied.

Time magazine says the movie, Up, will
prove to be one of the most satisfying movie experiences of the year. Hallelujah! It’s about freakin‘ time. Hollywood has some serious making up to do for consistently negative story lines
about my people. Time‘s Richard Corliss writes:

“Spanning two continents and seven decades, Up begins in a 1930s movie theater. A newsreel tells us that famous explorer Charles Muntz (voiced by Christopher Plummer) is just back
from South America’s remote Paradise Falls with the bones of a prehistoric bird. Denounced as a fraud by archaeologists, Muntz vows to retrieve a member of the species and bring it back alive. In the
audience, wearing aviator goggles atop his thick-rimmed specs, is young Carl Fredricksen, who is enthralled by Muntz’s motto, ‘There’s adventure out there!’

“On the way home, Carl finds a kindred spirit: a girl named Ellie, as vivacious as he is stolid, who harbors the same dream of visiting Paradise Falls. It’s love at first sight, and in a
tender montage, Up shows us their life together: the wedding, the fixing up of their home, the quiet walks, their respective jobs at the local zoo (she tending the animals, he selling
balloons), their eager preparations for a child they later learn they can’t have, their need to defer the big trip to pay for home improvements, then her slowing pace and death. This series of
vignettes is played without dialogue and underscored by Michael Giacchino’s wistful waltz. It’s the sweetest, saddest 4 1⁄2 minutes you’ll ever see on film.”

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Interviewed by a Vampire

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Spread the loveWhen it comes to choosing entertainment or really good distractions in the form of TV/film, I’ve got range. I’m as comfortable in front of a classic Masterpiece Theatre or historical mini series (adored John Adams, Band of Brothers, Rome, etc.) as I am watching shows like Mad Men or Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, but HBO originals — now they are hard to […]

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What Bristol Palin And I Have in Common

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Spread the love An anvil dropping on my head — that approximates the combined effect of a Salon article about Bristol Palin’s suprisingly blunt assessment of unintended motherhood magnified by the equally thought-provoking comments readers left on my last blog post suggesting we set aside feminism as the catch-all scapegoat for infertility. How could I ever put those two ideas […]

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At What Cost?

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Spread the loveUpdated Friday a.m. I’m troubled. Sickened, actually. When did drugs/treatment intended for infertility become recreational options for people with children? This story gets weirder by the minute. You’ll find a great discussion taking place in the comments section… * * * * * Down south in Los Angeles, a team of doctors were involved in the headline grabbing […]

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Womanly In More Ways Than One

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Spread the loveFYI: I’m updating this post with a poll since the Newsweek story (mentioned below) has had me wondering what you (infertile and fertile alike) really think. Since anonymous polls net more participation, here’s your chance to weigh in. Don’t be shy! If you were diagnosed infertile, would it affect your sense of womanliness? ( surveys)****** Survived my first […]

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An Infertile’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

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Spread the loveInstead of this New Year’s resolution: Have carefully timed sex for procreation. Make this one: Indulge in long-forgotten carnal pleasures with your significant other whenever the spirit moves you. Instead of this New Year’s resolution: Stock up on ovulation kits and other assorted infertility gear. Make this one: Clean out the medicine cabinet once and for all and […]

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