National Infertility Survival Day is a day meant to celebrate and help those who have been struggling to conceive. Try to find acceptance of your own feelings and those of your partner. Infertility is not easy. Try to be compassionate with yourself and your partner as you experience this life challenge together.
Whatever happens, don’t let infertility take over your life. A break can give you time to remember who you are beyond your fertility, give you a reprieve from the stress of actively trying, and provide space to learn coping strategies.
“I hope National Infertility Survival Day will lift their spirits and give them the impetus to celebrate themselves and that which they do have. This is not to negate the very real despair they may be facing. Rather, it’s an opportune time to stop and smell the Chanel, and also to blunt the emotional pummeling that can occur leading up to, on and around Mother’s Day. And it’s also a vehicle through which those close to them can provide meaningful, creative, and fun support,” says Beverly Barna, author of Infertility Sucks! Keeping it All Together When Sperm and Egg Stubbornly Remain Apart.
How to Celebrate and Spend the Day
This is a day just for you. You should celebrate the day however you like!
A few possible ideas:
- Go out to dinner.
- See a movie or a play.
- Buy yourself flowers.
- Get together with friends, either at home or out of town.
- Pamper yourself by visiting a spa, or getting a massage.
- Take the day for some creativity — messy art, corny poetry, whatever you like!
Some women may feel silly celebrating when they feel they have nothing to celebrate.
Our society puts so much emphasis on celebrating after we’ve accomplished a goal. It’s not uncommon for women coping with infertility to feel like failures. But you are not a failure.
With infertility, your accomplishment is the effort you’ve already put towards becoming a parent.
You may not be able to hold these types of accomplishments in your hand, but they are just as real and deserve to be celebrated.
How to Support Someone with Infertility
For partners, this is a day for a special gift. Something to brighten their spirits.
“Chocolates and jewelry is always good,” suggests Barna. “Perfume! Cards! Candlelight dinner! Wine! Champagne! A poem! A trip!”
There's no reason, by the way, that you can't celebrate the day together. After all, you're both working hard and facing infertility. Maybe a couple's massage will be the perfect way to spend the day.
For family and friends, assuming the couple has let you in on this private area of their lives, anything to bring a smile to their faces is great.
Bring over some balloons. Send a funny or uplifting e-card. Sometimes just a phone call letting them know you’re there if they ever want to talk is nice.
Whatever you might consider doing for their birthday, those kinds of ideas probably fit for National Infertility Survival Day celebration, too.
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source: https://www.verywellfamily.com/coping-with-infertility-how-to-feel-better-1959979 & https://www.verywellfamily.com/national-infertility-survival-day-1959985