Holidays/Observances

This is Not Your Typical Mother’s Day Story

May 12th, 2011
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For Mother’s Day my husband and daughter treated me to a wonderful dinner at one of my favorite Italian restaurants. My daughter who is six years old still needs to be reminded to use her utensils and not her fingers and to sit properly in her chair from time to time. In other words, she [...]

Welcome to the Fertility Blog A-Z and Everything In Between

April 6th, 2011
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Welcome to the new series of Fertility Blogs! As a Mom and a woman who had some of the most excruciating experiences with my infertility treatments, I can empathize and sympathize with every woman, man and family during these emotional times. A friend once asked me to describe myself, using one word, starting with the [...]

Confessions of a Protester

May 4th, 2010
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I belong to a church that has a beautiful focus on families and the sacredness of them. This is a wonderful thing, except when you’re infertile and feel like you’re going to hell if you don’t have a kid by age 25. I don’t mean to bash the teachings of my church; I’m just trying [...]

Categories: Mother's Day

Empty Arms on Christmas Day: You Are Not Alone

December 25th, 2007
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If you are checking this blog today, then you are probably looking for some emotional support. The message you probably need to hear the most is that you are not alone and that you are going to be okay. I know how badly you are hurting because I have been there. I tried to focus [...]

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Empty Arms on Christmas Eve

December 24th, 2007
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Photo Credit: Lynda Bernhardt I am sending out prayers, positive thoughts, and positive energy to all of my readers who are facing another Christmas with empty arms. I remember the pain all too well. I spent four Christmases choking back the tears. On the first of these painful Christmases, I had announced a few months [...]

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Fertility Treatments During the Holidays

December 12th, 2007
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When hub and I were going through fertility treatments, the holidays always seemed to bring with them an added level of stress. We were doing intrauterine inseminations (IUIs), so we (obviously) needed a doctor involved in order to complete the procedure. One year, my ovulation period fell right on top of Christmas, so my doctor [...]

Categories: Christmas

Fertility Challenges: Santa, Santa Everywhere

December 7th, 2007
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During the holiday season, it seems safer to crawl under a rock for a month than it does to venture out of your house. You simply cannot get away from the reminder that Christmas is here, and seemingly everyone other than you is celebrating the holidays with a child. You turn on the radio, and [...]

Categories: Christmas

Fertility Challenges: Holiday Parties with Friends

December 6th, 2007
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In my last post, Fertility Challenges: Relatives at Holiday Gatherings, I talked about the struggles involved in getting together with relatives during the holidays while you are going through fertility challenges. In this post, I will focus on the similar struggles involved when attending holiday parties with friends. As with getting together with relatives who [...]

Categories: Christmas

Fertility Challenges: Relatives at Holiday Gatherings

December 5th, 2007
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If you have informed anyone in your extended family about your fertility issues, then chances are that word has spread throughout your family. This can make holiday gatherings particularly difficult as you face relatives who have questions about your fertility status. For some reason, many relatives believe it is okay to ask very personal questions [...]

Categories: Christmas

Fertility Challenges: Holiday Shopping

December 4th, 2007
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Shopping during the holidays is tough when you are struggling with your fertility. Stores are filled with all sorts of cute toys and clothing for children. You see children lining up to talk to Santa at most malls while songs like All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth play over the speakers. [...]

Categories: Christmas