I am an infertile woman. I am also a psychotherapist that specializes in infertility counseling and support. I wear my infertility like a badge of honor, but you must know – I didn’t start out that way. Five years in the trenches of fertility treatments expanded my infertility resume to an impressive length. This blog illustrates my journey, and the clinical and personal resources that I want to share with you. The more tools in your toolbox, the better you’ll be able to navigate the crappiness of your current situation. Infertility is a medical diagnosis, not a nervous condition. You are not overreacting.
You may, somewhere down the road, even become grateful for the struggle, the person you became, the layers you had to shed, and the people who revealed themselves to be real allies along the way. I’d like to be one of those people – an ally – for you.
I invite you to employ your own tools of coping as well as incorporate ones throughout my blogs that fit for you. It’s always your choice.
Come as you are – whether you’re newly diagnosed and still in shock or years down the road and almost numb. Those affected by infertility comprise roughly the size of the state of Washington. You are not alone. Find your tribe.
What and who this blog is intended for:
-Those individuals and couples trying to conceive life against the odds
-Those interested in exploring alternative ways to become parents
-Those needing additional tools and support
-Those trying to understand someone better that’s suffering with infertility
-Those that desire a no bull-shit approach to the often contradictory emotions and thoughts inherent in this journey
What this blog is NOT:
-A substitute for expert medical or psychological advice. While I am a psychotherapist, I am not your personal counselor
-A religious, faith-based approach
-A way to increase your chances of getting pregnant. There are several resources out there that provide tips. This blog is a support resource for those that aren’t getting pregnant or sustaining their pregnancies.
-Rude people who aren’t informed about infertility and therefore make light of it