I can never be happy again?
Before the days of infertility, there were great days, excitement, opportunity, blue skies, and hope.
Today I am mired in a web of not-so-great days, anger, hopelessness, and jealousy.
It has been 6 months since I ended infertility treatment for good. That sounds a little freeing saying that. Because until recently, I didn’t know if I was REALLY done, or just standing at the crossroads biding my time. But I AM… it seems.
I am done.
Five years later, five miscarriages later, I wake up in the morning with the same thought, each and every day… just around the time I am staring into a mirror and putting on my makeup…
“Is this sadness ever going to leave me?”
I stare at the circles under my eyes that I never had before. I make peace with the fact that my face has aged ten years in five. I put down my mascara and walk into the third bedroom upstairs with an empty crib. The crib now better served as a storage space for junk. Just like my body.
I navigate though the work day as my island of peace. A place where I can work, and work, and work and completely avoid personal conversations. It’s all business. I can put on a good face almost as if I did not have a care in the world. That, is, until a pregnancy announcement from a co-worker sets me over the edge…
I attend school functions with my only son. My “only”. I listen to the Moms with half an ear because I am not interested in the conversations of fitting in manicures between carpooling their multitudes of children. I don’t want to see the look of pity on their faces when I answer “that” question… “do you have any more children?”
My son asks why he doesn’t have a brother or sister. On a regular basis. I try very hard to explain the truth that an (almost) seven year old would understand.
It kills me a little more each time I say it.
I wonder if I can ever get back to that place before I became one of the millions of women affected by infertility.
I wonder if any of us will truly recover from the disappointment that plagues us. Even the lucky few that conquer the beast are never really the same.
Never the same.
I WANT to be happy again. I want to lie down at the end of a great day with that fuzzy feeling that all is right with the world. I still can build my family in other ways. Or, I can choose not to. The reality is infertility cannot be the sum and total of me, or my decisions. It cannot define any of us.
I can choose how to move on from this.
I want to enjoy life. I want to use what I learned through my experience to help others.
The aftermath cannot dictate that the journey was pointless.
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