I Get It, My Story Makes You Really Uncomfortable
HuffPost Parents ran an original piece yesterday and I wanted to make sure everyone here saw it too. Also, a piece from a friend! Have a great weekend! Justine ~~~
When Your Truth Makes Others Uncomfortable
The first defining part of my life story is one that makes people curious and sometimes left in awe.
I had two back surgeries in high school and was in a body cast for a year of my life.
I survived and overcame.
This makes people feel good and they want to know more; they want to know me.
Skip to 20 years later, and to the most defining part of my life, and it is one that makes people sad and scares the hell out of them.
Infertility treatments did not work for us and we are choosing a childfree not by choice life.
I survived and actively work to overcome and thrive each day.
This makes people sad and uncomfortable.
Click here to keep reading over at HuffPost Parents.
In Other News
My friend and a huge supporter of Ever Upward, Jessica over at A Hummingbird Paused has been selected as one of the Best Blogs for Resolve’s Hope Awards. I am so excited for her and asked her to write a blurb to share here:
You are not alone. As the theme for this year’s Bloggers Unite challenge, it was easy to write about the infertility community and how to find support. There are so many ways to make connections and reach out to the community. But the loneliness? The isolation? That’s not something that will just disappear. Because it all starts within your mind. That sense that you’re different. Your path to parenthood may be unconventional or non-traditional. You may be forced to make hard choices that few can comprehend. You compare yourself to others and suddenly you start to feel isolated, lonely, and misunderstood. But let me tell you, just because your journey is different doesn’t mean that you’re alone. You are part of a welcoming and open community, and your story matters.
Being part of any community requires conversation and interaction. It’s truly amazing how supportive the infertility and loss community is. And Resolve is a big part of that. They are a huge supporter of the blogging community, as well as providing invaluable resources and a voice on Capitol Hill. I’m so grateful for all they have accomplished and for what they continue to work towards.
Your voice in this community matters. And I would greatly appreciate your vote. But please check out the other bloggers who were nominated as well. Each one of them deserves this nomination for adding their voice to this challenge and for their vulnerability in sharing their stories. We are all in this together, and your participation in this vote is greatly appreciated!