This week is National Infertility Awareness Week #NIAW sponsored by Resolve.org.
I started blogging in November of 2014 as a way to start healing from the loss of my second pregnancy. Now that I’m immersed in a social media community of those also struggling with infertility as well as recurrent pregnancy loss, it’s great to see all the support out there through blogs, private facebook groups and instagram, among many others. It’s amazing to me that we are able to connect with each other through common ground, even though we’ve never met in person. It’s incredibly powerful to read a comment on my blog saying that my writing brought them to tears because they’ve been through it too (thank you so much for that and for the courage to share your heartbreak). And I’ve read other blogs where every word could have been my own because I’ve been walking the same journey.
This week is a great opportunity for us to come together to share our stories, help each other realize we are not alone in our heartbreak and our struggles and to raise awareness in our communities. It’s also an opportunity to educate those around us that do not understand what we face through infertility and how we can be better supported. The theme for NIAW this year is #startasking.
I have several new followers and some that have stuck with me for quite some time now. To support the theme this year of #startasking, I thought instead of asking my own questions, I’d leave this open to you. Do you have a question? I now have nearly 4 years of experience directly dealing with infertility and trying to conceive…so feel free to ask me a question.
If you leave a question for me in the comments, I will collect all questions and answer them to the best of my ability on an upcoming blog post. My answers will be based on my own personal experience (not medical advice) and I can respond to the following topics:
- Embryo Transfer (fresh and frozen) and personal medical protocol (injections)
- Donor egg IVF
- Sperm donation
- Early pregnancy following embryo transfer
- Miscarriage, pregnancy loss
- D&C procedure due to pregnancy loss
- Endometrial biopsy (AKA “scratch test”) to improve stickiness of lining for embryo attachment
- Grief, loss and recovery (surviving miscarriage, surviving negative pregnancy test after embryo transfers)
- helping a friend through infertility and/or miscarriage
Are you looking for more connections to help you through your journey? My favorite place to be is the private facebook group through www.missconceptioncoach.com. Many of us are already connected here, but if you are new to this journey, it’s a great place to start. You can request to become part of the group through her website. I’ve also found instagram to be a great source of connection for infertility and ttc. Here are some people that I follow on instagram:
As of this week, I’ve decided to link my own instagram to this blog, so I will be posting more on this topic and relating it to my blog on instagram (up until now, it’s mostly pictures of my dog and she’ll continue to make appearances). You can follow me at chrissyj_31chances
For additional support and resources, feel free to check out my resources tab on my website. I continue to add resources there as I learn about them. You can also view other blogs that I follow on my website if you are trying to find others to connect with in the blogging community regarding infertility and pregnancy loss.
Keep asking questions, reach out for support, connect with others. Please post your questions in the comments!