I just came across this article on Facebook: Bobbie Thomas: No more whispers, I’m going IVF and I’m proud of it. What stood out for me was her pride. Proud of IVF? Huh?
In vitro fertilization (IVF).
Fear, guilt, shame, why me?
That’s the zone I’ve been living in lately.
Now, it’s time to change.
Earlier this week, I watched a webinar hosted by Zahra Haji from YogaGoddess and Molly Nichols from The Mind Belly Connection. The webinar focused on how to restore faith in your body’s ability to conceive, whether through natural conception or ART. If you are interested, watch the Fertility Faith webinar replay.
This webinar made me rethink the way I’ve approached my (in)fertility. I’ve spent too much time focusing on the negatives and looking for outsider reassurance that everything will be ok.
The change needs to come from within me – and me only.
Changing my mindset isn’t an easy task, but it’s necessary to make this journey less emotionally taxing.
(In)fertility is not dirty or shameful. It’s a medical condition that many of us can not control and could not have prevented.
I am proud of my husband and myself. We are strong. We are capable. And, we are taking control of our diagnosis by choosing the next best path for us on our journey.
To me, IVF means:
- The right choice
IVF is not the worst thing to happen to me. In fact, it could be the best thing if it helps us to conceive our child.
What does IVF mean to you?