Join the Movement for National Infertility Awareness Week

National Infertility Awareness Week 2013

National Infertility Awareness Week is coming... are you ready? More importantly, are you ready to Join the Movement this year? NIAW has always had a special place in my heart. It's when I first "came out" about my infertility to a larger group of friends and colleagues, just over a month after I was first diagnosed in 2009. In 2010, it served as the springboard for my What IF video that would later go on to be recognized by RESOLVE at the Hope Awards that year. In fact, NIAW means ... Read on »

The Guilt of Joy

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There's been a bit of talk about pain within the infertility experience in the ALI blogosphere of late. Jessica seems to kick things off talking about this concept of The Pain Olympics, which triggered a historical overview of the Pain Olympics over the years from Mel over at Stirrup Queens. Esperanza keeps the conversation going here. I wrote a little bit about pain a couple of weeks ago, about learning to swim in it like a fish, breathing in the pain along my journey. And in a lot of ways, ... Read on »

Behind and Beyond: Reflections on the Brink of a New Year

Happy New Year from The Infertility Voice

I love New Year's Eve. It's such a precarious, if invented demarcation between the old and the new, the past and the future, a sliver of the present in transition. For many, it's the tabula rasa, the turn of the wheel, a moment of both ending and beginning. How fitting that Janus, the two-faced Roman god who faces both his past and future, should be the inspiration for the month of January. I've reflected on 2012 through my blog posts, but it's hard to encapsulate and reflect on my year just ... Read on »

The Infertility Voice: 2012’s Greatest Hits

What a year, folks! It's hard to believe that we're ready to kiss 2012 goodbye and ring in the new year in just a week. Even though it hasn't yet been a full year here at this website, it's been an incredible ten months here all the same, and I have each of you to thank for that! 2012 has been a year of experimenting: finding out what works here and what doesn't, what you want and what you need. Come 2013, I'm hoping to hone that even further with some new events and services to offer to ... Read on »

Say Hello to My New Blog: TeamZoll.com!

Go Team Zoll!

Before you panic: no, I'm not getting rid of The Infertility Voice. Promise! I've been contemplating starting a new blog for some time now, as I've felt uncomfortable about posting anything related very specifically to my pregnancy here at The Infertility Voice, because I know how hard it can be to read. It's been getting cumbersome to maintain them on a separate page here in my blog and folks have complained because any posts tagged "My Pregnancy" don't automatically appear in people's RSS ... Read on »

Eat, Drink and Be Merry – Or Don’t: An Infertility Holiday Survival Guide

Surviving Infertility and the Holidays

In case you missed it, the rush for the end of year holidays has begun. I find, that for the life of the infertile, that dash begins right around Hallowe'en, although Back to School season has begun creeping in on this territory, too. From Hallowe'en it's practically light warp speed straight to Christmas. Forget Thanksgiving. That poor bastard of a holiday's been left in the dust. And Hanukkah? Well... we get our seasonal endcaps filled with gelt, blue and silver decorations, and cheap ... Read on »

Recapping the #ALIMomSalon This Week

What a week! I can't even begin to describe how awesome this week has been. Thank you to everyone who commented ad shared in these important discussions. And a hearty thank you to Pamela at Silent Sorority for pushing my boundaries, challenging me to think outside the box, and ultimately - for making me a better writer and advocate for this community in the process. We talked about so many incredible topics this week, from guilt to empowerment, from imagining alternative universes to ... Read on »

The Invisibleness of Infertility: To Pass or Not to Pass?

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Welcome to Day 4 of the "To Mom or Not to Mom" Open Salon with yours truly and Pamela of Silent Sorority. We created this dialogue to discuss both sides of the motherhood debate from our unique perspectives. Why? To parse out the concerns and vulnerabilities of transition within the ALI (adoption/loss/infertility) community without tripping over political correctness and delicate sensibilities. We hope you'll join us every day this week and will be inspired to add your own responses in the ... Read on »

The Queendom of Mommyhood: In Which I Claim My Crown

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Welcome to Day 3 of the "To Mom or Not to Mom" Open Salon with yours truly and Pamela of Silent Sorority. We created this dialogue to discuss both sides of the motherhood debate from our unique perspectives. Why? To parse out the concerns and vulnerabilities of transition within the ALI (adoption/loss/infertility) community without tripping over political correctness and delicate sensibilities. We hope you'll join us every day this week and will be inspired to add your own responses in the ... Read on »

The Other Keiko: Motherhood’s Alternate Universe

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Welcome to Day 2 of our open salon, hosted by yours truly and Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, author of Silent Sorority. We created this dialogue to discuss both sides of the motherhood debate from our unique perspectives. Why? We seek to parse out the concerns and vulnerabilities of transition within the ALI community without tripping over political correctness and delicate sensibilities. We hope you'll join us every day this week and will be inspired to add your own responses in the comments ... Read on »