My good friend, Doug Hirsch, was one of the founders of DailyStrength. When he started the website, he asked a few of his friends if they would blog about things that were health related and important in their lives. I had just had my second baby, against all odds. I had struggled for 7 years with infertility, 3 miscarriages, and finally a high risk, bed rest pregnancy. Even though the road was very rough, I was blessed with two beautiful boys, and thought that writing for DailyStrength would be a great way for me to share my story of hope with women who were still struggling, and of being a real life example of things turning out well. I wanted to help others with my story: I had no idea how much help it would be to me, in return.
At first, the membership in the infertility and miscarriage communities was small, and I knew and communicated with almost everyone individually. We shared happy news with each other when members got BFPs, and consoled each other when bad news came. As I got to know these women, and offered support, told my story, shared my experiences, I began to realize how cathartic the experience was for me. I was reliving those years of frustration and tears each time I told my story, but from a different perspective: as a mother.
There are other women and men who have turned their sadness, their frustrations and tears into ways to help others who are experiencing the same trials and tribulations. One of those members, Kristin Sullivan, used humor and a camera to turn her experience with infertility into a web series, called None in the Oven
Here is the press release:
Actress Kristen Sullivan, and her husband, had been struggling with unexplained infertility for three years when she decided to channel her frustrations into creativity. She teamed up with writer-director Heather Hillstrom and producer Sarah Rath, whose background includes work in television and post-production.
Working nights and weekends, and with the help of generous and talented friends, the three turned Sullivan’s true stories of fertility treatments, awkward moments, and (often misguided) support into six webisodes. The webisodes are posted online weekly.
“Infertility is rarely talked about in movies or on TV, yet most people know someone who has struggled with it in some capacity,” Sullivan explains. “We saw an opportunity to make a web series that a lot of people could relate to – especially when we looked back and realized how funny our experiences had been.”
The first four episodes of None in the Oven
are available for viewing at www.noneintheoven.com
, with the remaining two episodes becoming available on the following Mondays.
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