Holy crap guys. I was completely terrified to put this blog out into the world of the internet yesterday (I somehow got up the guts to do it thanks to a few awesome friends!), but I was SO not expecting the amazing response it would have.
When we find out we're one of the unlucky few who can't get pregnant, for some reason we feel like we want to hide that information from the world. I felt that way too - always wanting to brush off having kids and pretending like I wasn't ready, just to mask the sadness I felt anytime someone would ask me about it. It's become a natural instinct almost, like, we don't want people to know there's something wrong with us and we don't want people to feel bad for us. So we sit in silence suffering alone and feel like our heart's ripped out every time we see a new baby announcement pop up on our news feeds. And what's the result? A feeling like we are the ONLY ones who can't have kids and EVERYONE else gets pregnant the first time they try.
IT'S NOT TRUE THOUGH!! We just think that way because Facebook has become the place where everyone shares the highlight reel of their lives - no one posts the "bad stuff."
But something incredible happened yesterday. When I posted this blog and my story, it was like an entire community wrapped around me in support!! Yes, infertility is bad, but we don't need to suffer alone and we don't need to be embarrassed or feel like we need to hide it. Yesterday I received numerous Facebook messages, comments, texts, and emails from so many women sharing THEIR infertility stories with me!! Women that I know and that I didn't even know were suffering!!! And now they are there for me to lean on and I'm there for them - and that's a pretty awesome thing.
So thank you. Thank you to the 400+ that stubbled on this blog yesterday and wanted to read my story. Thank you to the brave women who reached out to me share their stories. And thank you to everyone who offered their support!!! Just, thank you. I can't tell you how much better I feel.