Elphaba over at Alice in Diaperland started a conversation last week about the scars of infertility, even after defeating IF. She talked about the fact that she can't relate to the fertile mommy bloggers even though she is now a mommy herself. She asked for feedback from readers, and boy did she get it, about feeling on the edge of a community, being stuck between the ALI community and the fertile mommy's.
Many from the ALI community are hesitant to participate in ICLW after getting pregnant, knowing how it feels to be in the throws of the battle and clicking on an infertility blog that is all about pregnancy or parenting. OUCH! It hurts to put it mildly.
I know, I am guilty of unfollowing bloggers who moved on while I was still crushed and wondering how I would cope with never being able to conceive. It wasn't personal, it was self-preservation.
Long story short, Elphaba has created a new community, an extension of the ALI community, for women who have defeated infertility, at least briefly. Click over to PAIL, Parenting/Pregnant After Infertility and/or Loss to read more and join the community. As you can see, it's catching on quick. Then add the button to your own blog!
And a special thanks to Elphaba for starting the conversation and moving so fast to put this new community together!!
Around the blogsphere...
There are so many people cycling now, or getting ready to cycle. I hope to see a lot of BFP's in the near future!! A special shout out to My Fertility Blog on her long-awaited FET tomorrow, a special person who I had the pleasure to meet and share dinner with back in Colorado.
Super Congratulations go out to Miss Ohkay on finally getting her sweet and precious little girl through international adoption (it was a long, difficult wait)... All if the Twitter IF community was stalking her on Sunday while she was at the airport waiting on the plane. Also, I'm so glad that you are back home with her (after being hospitalized 2 days for illness). So exciting!!
Congrats to several new prego's for your recent BFP's and excellent betas!!!
Jen at Me, Myself and Infertility - a fellow SMC
Newbie at Infertile in the City - a CCR.M success
Mo at Life and Love in the Petri Dish - another CCR.M success
Also, please send your love & prayers over to Mo at Mommy Odyssey in the wake of her heartbreaking loss of her baby boy.
I left so many of you out, it's impossible to mention everyone... but I'm following along and rooting for each of you!
Mark Your Calendars - NIAW
Resolve has announced the dates for this year's National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). Mark your calendars for April 22 - 28 and think about how you will support along with the theme of "Don't Ignore Infertility".