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Father’s Day and Infertility

This year, I published two posts related to Mother’s Day and infertility (A Non Mother’s Day and Mother’s Day Mourning).

It is important to remember that Father’s Day can be a challenging and painful day as well. Men affected by infertility hurt too!

This RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association article may be helpful:

Coping With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Infertility affects couples in many different ways. It can be a crushing, devastating, consuming experience. Our society as a whole tends not to comprehend the degree of suffering involved. Many suffer in silence. Someone you know may be struggling with infertility (whether you are aware of it or not).

Often, people make comments to infertile patients that hurt long afterwards. Our society needs to do a better job supporting infertile couples. Typically, the media’s portrayal of infertility is not a very accurate depiction.

My thoughts heading into the upcoming weekend are with all of the men and women who are unable to become parents. (I decided not to wait on posting this because my blog has already had visitors to the post I wrote last year for Father’s Day. So, I thought it best to get something posted now… as some are already transitioning into activities such as traveling to see relatives, etc). In addition to keeping infertile couples in my thoughts, I’m thinking of those who have suffered pregnancy loss. (In some cases, couples fall into both categories).

Finally, Father’s Day can also be difficult for people unaffected by infertility. For example, it can be a difficult day for those who have lost their fathers or for parents who have lost their children.

Please keep those who are grieving or processing loss in your thoughts. Thank you.


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4 comments

1 DianeNo Gravatar { 06.16.10 at 8:11 pm }

I posted this on your Facebook page, but it bears repeating here:

thanks, Jeanne, for this acknowledgement…I am infertile (so my husband is by default). My fabulous adoptive father, who was infertile, passed away May 28. This is going to be a difficult weekend for me for many reasons, obviously.

On the bright side, my husband considers himself to be a “dog daddy” to our chihuahua, so maybe we can brighten the day by doing something fun for him!

2 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.16.10 at 8:21 pm }

Diane,

My thoughts will be with you at this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

I hope you can find something peaceful to do this weekend.

I’m sending positive energy your way!

Jeanne

3 PamelaNo Gravatar { 06.18.10 at 12:30 pm }

Great post, Jeanne. Thanks for continuing to raise awareness and support on this thorny, emotionally difficult topic…

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 06.18.10 at 12:36 pm }

Pamela,

Thank you. I’m sending positive thoughts your way.

Jeanne

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