updated April 2023
Anybody can experience challenges while building their family. What you don’t know is families who have dealt with some form of infertility are often surprised by their diagnosis. Even if you have an underlining condition, you never expect infertility will impact you.
It is National Infertility Awareness Week 2021, 2022, 2023.
The reality is “1 in 8 couples are impacted by infertility.” Now, this week is not meant to stir fear without reason but rather spark important conversations, increase public awareness/understanding, provide guidelines for families, and more.
Too often, we suffer from this unimaginable diagnosis in secret, plagued with the stigma behind it.
We conceal our shame and turmoil with responses such as: we aren’t ready for kids right now, we are just enjoying life, when it happens, it will happen.
Yet, every time we hear the dreaded questions:
When are you planning to have kids?
Are you pregnant yet?
Are you going to have any more?
A piece of us dies inside. For many, the questions are a reminder of the negative pregnancy test that haunts us each month, the stale quietness of our homes, the children we never got to meet, the keepsake box filled with belongings from the preterm and stillborn babies we mourn.
I never imagined on my worst day that infertility would be part of my story.
The keyword is “part” because this was not the end of the road for me, and it is not the end of the road for your family and friends either.
There is hope. There are answers. There are solutions. Most importantly, you are not alone.
My prayer is that this week will be about empowerment, increased understanding/awareness, and renewed faith.
What do you want to know about infertility?
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Prayer: If you are reading this now and suffer from infertility, I am praying especially hard for you this week. I pray for healing of your mind and body. I pray that God will give you answers to the hard questions. I pray that God will give you guidance. I pray for renewed faith and unfailing hope. I pray that God will give you peace that surpasses all understanding.
In Jesus name, AMEN!
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