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Infertility Awareness Week
April 27, 2013, 8:40 pm
Filed under: babies, family

So, it’s National Infertility Awareness Week in the land of our little neighbour to the South. If it’s also here, then there needs to be some awareness raising about the awareness raising initiative.

I don’t have much to add beyond what I’ve already shared with, you know, anyone who listened or made the mistake of asking, except this. Our book (and sometimes movie) club is reading Wonder Boys, by Michael Chabon. His description of “the midnight disease” (or insomnia, combined with substance abuse and writer’s block according to a psychologist in my book club) struck a chord:

It seemed to me that Q. was talking about the nature of the midnight disease, which started as a simple feeling of disconnection from other people, an inability to “fit in” by no means unique to writers, a sense of envy and of unbridgeable distance like that felt by someone tossing on a restless pillow in a world full of sleepers. Very quickly, though, what happened with the midnight disease was that you began actually to crave this feeling of apartness, to cultivate and even flourish within it. You pushed yourself farther and farther and farther apart until one black day you woke up to discover that you yourself and become the chief object of your own hostile gaze.

Yeah, dark places. Be kind to yourself and each other because you just don’t know…

In related news, this is an amazingly courageous share about infertility.

It’s also an incredible example of how social media (Twitter, blogging) can help people struggling by giving them immediate access to others going through the same thing. Sometimes it’s easier to be anonymous; you can be more honest without any fear of backlash. Sometimes it’s just a matter of proximity; you don’t know anyone around you who is going through the same thing.

Either way, for anyone who’s wondered about what the deal with Twitter and blogging is all about, meet Jen. I’ve never met her in real life (YET!), but you better believe her daughter was sent multiple Roots items from Canadian tweeps who were beyond thrilled about her finally becoming a Mama (and… I’m crying AGAIN).

If you’re struggling with something – anything – depression, infertility, post-partum depression, child-rearing-based-exhaustion, whatever it is, and you feel like you’re alone, you are not. Don’t be shy and reach out. There is a whole world of people wanting to exchange support with you, because they need yours as much as you need theirs.

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