Infertility is not a 4 letter word

So yeah you know how most 4 latter words are taboo??? WHY is infertility taboo? I just counted.. 11 letters people!!!!

Maybe as I reach my 18 month TTC a third child (and that is just THIS round) I am a little bitter. I’m scarred. I’m torn. I’m angry.. no, I’m pissed. And I’m hurt… I’ve also had a reality check.

I am a member on a WONDERFUL mommy board. It has all stages of mommydom: waiting to conceive, trying to conceive, pregnancies, babies, tweens & teens, and all the way to grandparents.

I started out there as a guide in Waiting to Conceive (WTTC). I met some WONDERFUL ladies. I witnessed some “oops” pregnancies. I drooled over some adorable babies!

I began TTC and moved on as a guide in Trying to Conceive. I met even more wonderful ladies, watched the women I met in WTTC begin their TTC journey and move on to due date clubs (DDCs) and on to baby playgroups. MORE BABIES TO DROOL OVER!!!

I have been a guide in TTC for almost a year. There are no more “old faces”… except me. Many women who found they had fertility issues moved on to a new board: Fertility Problems, Treatments, and Long Term Trying to Conceive (LTTTC). I visited back & forth because I do have fertility problems (one tube, long term ttc) but I loved the eagerness and hope of the new faces. I still do!! I love being able to share my charting knowledge etc with them.

Today I moved on.

I am now the “unofficial” guide of  LTTTC. Only unofficial because the mods haven’t had a chance to get my name switched over yet. I know these women well. We all come from  the same place… longing for a baby and medical intervention is the only way that it is going to happen. I’m sad but… not resigned. I’m.. ready.

It’s a new phase. Rather than being frustrated alone with well meaning wishes, I’ll be frustrated with other frustrated women who “get it”. Maybe this will be easier on me now?

At any rate.. I’m sick on infertility. But I am not standing silent anymore. It happens. It’s real. It is a medical issue and it doesn’t make me a freakshow.

Yes, I have children.
Yes, I am 33.
YES, I WANT ONE MORE!!
Yes, I am battling infertility to get pregnant again.

And if you don’t like that??? Well YOU need the reality check.. not me.

Until later! Anne Marie

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