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Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Angry Infertile: Speak Out, Speak Up Award

The Angry Infertile: Speak Out, Speak Up Award

You're damn right I'm an angry infertile. I am sick of the injustices of this "disease." I am sick of being a "victim." I am sick of seeing my sisters fall victim to this disease and listening to their stories and their pain.
I've received this award from Meg, a friend and sister in IF/Loss. We understand one another's experiences all too well, and she's become a wonderful person to me. Plus, her son and I have the same birthday! (I know, I know . . . I'm 30 years older than him!)

I'm bolding the statements that apply to me. This could be scary!

If you could make a little house from used pee sticks and OPKs
If you talk in TTC acronyms nobody except people on the internet understand

If you have ever been stuck with any needles in order to achieve pregnancy (coming soon to a belly near me!)

If you have had to stick yourself, or your husband has had to turn into your nurse in order to do it for you (coming soon!)

If you've ever seen a blank ultrasound screen (still haunts me)

If you know what a cootercam is (aka Dildo cam)

If you have ever gotten shower invites, family photos, or birth announcements in the mail and had a good cry

If you have watched someone go through an entire cycle of pregnancy in the time it took you to even try (what about TWO cycles?)

If you have ever heard "just relax" or "it's not your time" or "it's God's will"
If you dread holidays because you cannot announce a pregnancy to your family

If you dread holidays because there are no children to share them with

If you have ever held a baby or child and quietly pretended for a second that they're yours

If you have ever walked around the store in order to avoid the baby/toddler section

If you cannot park in the front spots of a store because they are for pregnant and expectant mothers only

If you've ever had to go IN the baby/toddler section of a store in order to buy something for someone else's baby

If you've ever yelled out during watching a movie or tv show about someone who's trying for a baby, "That's SO not realistic!"

If you've ever sat around with a group of women who shared birth stories and labor pains and felt like you didn't fit in

If you've ever told anyone you are infertile and they're response was, "That sucks. I'm super fertile! I can have all the kids I want!"

If a fertile person ever told you that they would be your surrogate because they have no problem getting pregnant

If you have ever gotten a shower invite through email while sitting at work trying to forget about TTC

If you know what an RE is
(If you read this blog, you know too!)

If you have ever graphed out your cycle on chart paper (almost 2 years worth)

If you have ever checked to see if your cervical mucus was eggwhite or clear, or could stretch 5 inches between your fingers and you know people in the next stall over are thinking, "WTF is she doing in there?"

If you were disappointed that you couldn't find any

If you have kept a HPT or OPK in your purse to use when you were at work or out just in case
(Yes, I have POAS at work thank you very much.)

If you can't wait to see the peak symbol (I dont use OPKs)

If you have ever spat on a microscope in order to see ferns

If you laugh when people tell you to use pillows under your butt after sex (and have done it!)

If you have picked out crib bedding or nursery decor online and you're not pregnant

If you have ever felt panic when seeing a pregnant lady

If you meet the criteria above, or you'd like to submit your own, please post the following award on your blog. This is for all of the women who will no longer be silent about their infertility. This is to remind you that you need not be ashamed and you are definately not alone. This is to remind you to speak up the next time someone gives you fertility assvice.

Rules for posting award:
1. Link back to this post so that others will read the original story behind the award
2. Nominate 4 others who have not been "silent about their infertility"
3. Enjoy speaking out and speaking up :D

I am now awarding Sarah, No Swimmers, Chelle, Katie, Shanny, and Jenn (who needs to unprivate her blog!)


Laurie said...

Oh gal, I can answer yes to 90% of those. It is such a damn shame any of us have to go through this crap!

Shanny said...

That's right we are angry, but we are not going down with out a fight!

sjefferson said...

I don't know you, but I've been following your blog for a while. January marked 18 long months of TTC. Your blog is the best commic relief. Sometimes you have to laugh or you'll only cry! Sadly, I can answer yes to many of those. However, I have an "if you've ever" and some stupid advice given to me:

If you've ever had to excuse yourself from Christmas lunch to cry in the bathroom after your sister-in-law proudly announces that she's pregnant with #3, followed by a story of how humbling 3 months of TTC was.

Stupid Advice:
You're young, you have plenty of time.

You guys just need to get into some debt and then you'll get pregnant.

Once you stop thinking about it, then you'll get pregnant.

Here's to babies in 2009!!

Meg said...

Rock on Sister friend! You know I'll never forget your birthday, that's for sure. :)

Chelle said...

Thank you! We are angry! And we will speak out!!

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