Infertility Awareness Continues To Branch Out

Understanding infertility helps raise awareness.

“Holding onto faith and hope.” For those facing the realities of infertility, not losing sight of this concept is what gives strength to those experiencing heartache during a time of struggle and unsuccessful fertility treatments. Infertility is a disease that impacts nearly 12 percent of Americans – men and women who want nothing more than to become parents.

Through the news media and other literary sources, readers are learning about infertility through the personal stories people share.

One such story is about Maria Menonous, the former E! News anchor. Ready to begin her fertility treatment, a recent MRI discovered a benign brain tumor removed weeks ago. Now on the mend, and with no need for any post-surgery treatments, she and her husband are looking forward to IVF.

Infertility impacts individuals in many ways. Those undergoing cancer treatments may be rendered infertile, so many opt for fertility preservation before chemotherapy. While some women are candidates for IVF and pregnancy following treatment, others may not be. For example, surrogacy may be a viable option following a radical hysterectomy for endometrial cancer. But remember, “Holding onto faith and hope” can help make parenthood dreams come true.

And that’s where a unique book comes in entitled Detours: Unexpected Journeys of Hope Conceived from Infertility. These multiple authors do an incredible job illuminating the topic.

The writers, who met each other through Resolve, the National Infertility Association of Greater San Diego, band together in strength. They share their personal stories, heartache and setbacks, and solutions.

“As we battled infertility, we developed a unity unlike any we had known. We laughed, cried and supported each other any time of the day or night. If one struggled, we all did. But we also picked ourselves up and moved forward. We became lifelines for each other. Together we were a source of courage and strength to fight the next battle. We learned to cope through lessons that lifted us from adversity to abounding blessings.”

It goes on, “This book came about long after our infertility doctors closed our files. Our friendship continued over the years. Our journeys resolved at different times and in various ways, yet the difficulties we faced during infertility treatments bonded us together in ways we never expected. We continued to share our joys and challenges in life.”

For those who have read the book, they describe it as an inspiration when everything seemed impossible. Be it egg donation, surrogacy, adoption, or IVF, each writer empowers themselves with their answers.

When someone has infertility, sometimes they suffer in silence. Books like Detours, as well as the news media, highlights the struggles of others to help people realize they are not alone.