Apr 25, 2014

Winding down but gearing up

I didn't have my Awesome April Monday giveaway this week because I wanted to save it for today - to tie it in with National Infertility Awareness Week.

Today's giveaway is a necklace from The Adopt Shoppe. "You are stronger than you think," is such an empowering phrase, and elephants are sometimes linked as fertility symbols - perfect timing, right?
Through the posts this week I've tried to showcase the diversity of infertility:

Resolve to know more: "We are your companions at the grocery store, the coffee shop, and the library. We are daughters and sons, sisters and brothers. We are the bearers of infertility."

Just Show Up - Sizzle's interview: "The most important thing for me has been loved ones who have shown up for me...They do not push my grief along for the sake of their own comfort...Infertility is not often spoken of and it can feel incredibly lonely. If you can listen, you are giving a wonderful gift."

Something to Get Through - Katelin's interview: "I want people to know that no two women have the same experience with infertility."

Finding Your Own Path - Leah's interview: "Trust that most people have already killed themselves researching every possible avenue to bringing a child into their world, and give them the respect to know which path may be right for them."

I am proud of the posts this week - I am humbled by the stories told, the introductions that have been made, and the discussions they have fostered. I am thankful for these women, and all of you!

To enter this giveaway leave a comment telling me one thing you learned (or realized) about infertility this week - something that made you stop and think, from any of these posts. One extra entry if you follow me on Facebook, and one extra entry if you follow me on Twitter - but be sure to let me know!

This giveaway will close at 10 PM (EST) this Sunday, April 27th which means you have until 9:59 PM (EST) on Sunday to enter - winner will be announced Monday morning!

I can't wait to read your comments! (And don't worry, National Infertility Awareness Week is winding down but not over yet - there are plenty of blog posts you can still read!)

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this giveaway. I bought this necklace with my own money, and this giveaway is not associated in any official capacity with Resolve - I just thought it was too great of an opportunity to pass up!


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

What a fabulous giveaway and a great way to end a week of great, interesting posts. I think more than anything that by reading these posts it hopefully helps me understand how to be a better, more supportive friend to you. It's good hear what helps (showing up) and what doesn't (offering unsolicited advice which I definitely would never do as I hate receiving it myself).

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Before reading these posts, I knew not to make insensitive comments and "suggestions" about relaxing, adopting etc but I think these posts just helped me understand how these comments make someone going through this feel, even if the person giving them is trying to be "helpful." This also helped me be more intentional about how I support my friends dealing with infertility. I think that sometimes I fear asking how someone is doing with it because I don't want to bring it up, but I have to remember it's not like i'm reminding them, they know!

Nora said...

One thing I didn't know/realize about infertility is that with endometriosis it can cause so much pain; that probably sounds really ignorant of me but I had no idea! Nor did I know that there are surgeries that could help (in some cases). This helped me to understand better that each situation with infertility is unique and different and not caused by just one symptom or thing. And lastly, I agree with Kelly and Lisa; I feel like it has helped me to understand the infertility community better and also how to be a better, supportive friend. xo

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

So, I think one thing that your posts this week solidified for me is the idea that everyone has their own journey. True on a global scale and particularly true for those facing infertility. No two paths are the same. Knowing more about other people's experiences helps, but I have to remember that each person has a unique experience.

Jennifer Lara said...

The one thing I've learned is that infertility has touched so many lives and for some the heartache never ends. I now realize that when someone is suffering through infertility, they need my comfort and understanding more than they need me to say the right way because there are no right words.

Gina said...

I realized that everyone's infertility is different and I was also reminded of things people don't think about- having to pay for treatments that don't work, watching other people get pregnant, sometimes accidentally, and that unsolicited advice is not helpful or even appropriate!

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