Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Gathering with family, reflecting on what I am thankful for and a great big Thanksgiving meal….what could be better?
Some of you are also experiencing infertility and the hardship it brings to our everyday lives. Yes, infertility is very life consuming, but I challenge you to find other things in your life that you are thankful for…and maybe there are some reasons that you are actually ‘thankful’ to be on this infertility journey (sounds crazy…but read on!)
I am thankful for my husband. He supports me in too many ways to list. I have seen so many of his amazing qualities shine through while dealing with infertility. He is caring and courageous and he puts ‘our’ family first always. He is comforting during the hard times and lately that is what I’ve needed the most. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in life.
I am thankful for friends and family. These special people are our biggest cheerleaders and supporters. It’s comforting to have people thinking about you during the tough times and to celebrate when you receive good news. I have even met a few “new” friends because of infertility. Connecting with these women who are experiencing the same things as you is extremely helpful and it feels good to offer them encouragement and also receive words of wisdom and strength from them. All of our family and friends mean the world to us and their support through our infertility journey has been so crucial.
I am thankful for my relationship with God. I have spent so much time in prayer lately, its nice to have that connection and to know He is always there and He does have a plan. I don’t always know what that plan is, but I believe that He does.
I am thankful for good jobs we love and financial stability. Without our jobs, we wouldn’t be able to pursue fertility treatments or live the life we lead. I am so thankful for the families that I work with each day and I’m so happy that I was led to pursue something that I am passionate about and enjoy.
I am thankful for our doctors and nurses. They work so hard to get you the results that you are hoping for. They really care and I appreciate how genuine and hard working these individuals are. It’s nice to have people like these in your team.
I am thankful for the little things. Warm baths during IVF injections, chocolate and sweets to curb cravings, smiling and laughing daily, “me” time to do the things I enjoy….and so many other little things that add joy to my life.
I am thankful for this journey and the person I have become because of it. Its hard to put these things into words but, I look at the world alot differently today than I did 3 years ago. I feel like I understand and value the miracle of life much more. Each child born is a special miracle, and to me, each child that gains wings and is held in our hearts rather than our arms is special as well. I have learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. I am stronger than I was before facing infertility face on. I am a better person because of this journey and for that, I am thankful.
Find things that you are thankful for and make a list. I bet you’ll be surprised at how many wonderful things you have in your life to truly be thankful for.
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