National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) starts on Sunday, and I stress the importance of sharing your story during this time. I know that can be difficult. Living your story is painful enough; sharing it can be torture. But it's stories like this one that inspire me to move forward and to share. Because if Suleika can face cancer and tell her story to the world, I firmly believe that all of us can.
Each of us has a person (or several people) who has encouraged us, inspired us, and taught us something on this journey. I'd love to hear comments about who that person is for you, but you should also know that you could be that person to someone else - if you choose to share your story. Sometimes I get frustrated that I'm still waiting. It can be a lonely place after four years when there aren't too many people left to hold your hand while you wait. But I always try to think of those people who were there with me at one point. I think of how they are busy holding the hands of their little ones, and it makes me smile to know that they were successful in becoming parents. Maybe someday I will be, too. For now, though, I want that frustration of not reaching my resolution to go toward something good - to educate others on this disease.
I hope all of you will, too.
For more information on NIAW, please visit RESOLVE's website.