One of the most challenging parts of dealing with infertility is that it can often feel so isolating.
When Redbook Magazine approached me recently to share a part of my infertility story, I was elated.
Then, I sat in front of the video camera and the words didn’t come as easily as I thought they would.
Writing about my struggle is far easier than sitting before the camera and baring my soul.
I felt vulnerable and emotional.
But when I was done, a feeling of peace washed over me.
Filming this vlog* was one of the most cathartic things I could have done.
I hope that speaking up and sharing my struggle helps other women find the strength to do the same.
Redbook is working to create a community for those who struggle with infertility that will foster open discussion and offer support with “The Truth About Trying,” a program, the first of its kind, designed to address the issue of infertility.
In this campaign, Redbook is partnering with RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, on a series of honest and vulnerable videos featuring Brenda Strong, National Spokesperson for The American Fertility Association, Padma Lakshmi, Sherri Shepherd, Marissa Jaret Winikour, Rosie Pope, Marc Sedaka, and 50 other real women who open their hearts and tell their own stories of infertility.
Here is my Truth About Trying…
Please don’t miss the special complimentary feature in Redbook’s November issue, on sale October 18th.
I am truly honored to work with Redbook on this project.
Today, October 18th, from 2-3 p.m. EST, Redbook is hosting a Twitter chat about infertility. Please join in if you’re available! The hashtag is #truthabouttrying. You can follow Redbook on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/#!/redbookmag
Infertility shouldn’t be a lonely journey that’s travelled in silence.
If you struggle with infertility, Redbook encourages you to join the infertility conversation by uploading your own video testimonial. You’re invited to post questions, information, and advice to the “Truth About Trying” page on redbookmag.com.
Check out some the amazing infertility bloggers on Redbook’s infertility blog roll.
And tell your story.
Let’s share our truth about trying.
*A special thank you to my friend Jessica, from My Time As Mom, who edited my video for me and encouraged me along the way.