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Let Us Be Seen and Heard: The Huffington Post 

I am excited and grateful to let you know that The Huffington Post Parents just ran my other #startasking piece for National Infertility Awareness Week! ~~~

Let Us Be Seen and Heard

I rush into the busy salon exactly on time, which I know is really considered late for most people.

“I have no idea who I am seeing today, it was kind of a last minute appointment. I’m Justine,” I say to the cute brunette.

“Me, I am Cassie. Its nice to meet you,” she says. “So you have a big speaking engagement?”

“I do! Thank you so much for fitting me in! I know it sounded ridiculous that I have a hair emergency, “ I reply back.

She is younger than my usual stylist and I am only slightly nervous about trusting her the task of covering my unfortunate gray roots. The salon is full of activity as I sit down in her chair. My usual stylist Betsy is just a few stations down.

“Hi girl! She’ll take great care of you, I promise!” Betsy says.

“Okay, so touch up the color and trim?” Cassie asks as she pulls her fingers through my long faded red hair.

“Yes, please.”

“So how many people are you speaking for and when did you find out?”

“400 and yesterday,” I reply still in shock.

“What are you speaking about?” she asks not knowing she has just launched the infertility advocate during National Infertility Awareness Week.

Click here to continue reading over at HuffPost Parents.


Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.

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