The general public misunderstands infertility. I certainly didn’t grasp the magnitude of the effect it can have on a woman, on a family, until I went through it myself. It is not considered a disease, so most insurance companies do not cover the costs of diagnosis or treatment, and the financial strain on top of the emotional drain can be overwhelming.
Experts say that women dealing with infertility experience similar psychological stress as someone dealing with cancer or HIV.
One of the most difficult things I found when I was going through infertility diagnosis and treatment was that none of my friends or family understood why I was so overwhelmingly sad. And most of my friends didn’t know how to talk to me about what I was going through. They were well meaning, but the conversations were short, and often ended with things like, “Well, at least it’s fun trying, right?” or “You can always adopt.”
There was no Dailystrength yet, and there were very few places to go for support. I am so glad that for all the women going through this difficult time now in 2011, that infertility is coming into the mainstream, women are talking about it, and talking to each other.
One of the top advocacy groups in the country for women dealing with infertility is called Resolve, The National Infertility Association
. Each year they hold a Walk of Hope, bringing women together and raising money for research, advocacy and educating the public. Resolve even has information on scholarship funds and grants to assist couples in financial need. (Type “scholarship” into the search box on any page of their web site and you will get a link).
The Arizona Walk of Hope
is taking place on March 5th, 2011. Click the link for more details.