While attending an infertility conference last fall I discovered three things that really stuck out to me.
We attended the conference as a vendor. As Triumphs and Trials we were able to meet and greet so many couples struggling with infertility. We were able to share with them our mission, or our hope and our support.
As I watched people come and go I was able to observe and take in a lot of feelings and thoughts. And during that time I came away with three things that stuck out to me the most.
Three things that brought me comfort as someone who struggles with infertility.
Infertility does not discriminate
Like I mentioned, we met so many amazing people! I truly felt so much love for every single person who stopped by our table and took interest in our jewelry and our website. I felt connected to each person knowing that in one way or another they were struggling with infertility just like me.
This conference was a safe place. And I hope they felt it, too.
A place where you knew you were not alone in your struggle or your grief. A place where you knew others were going through similar things as you.
Every person was there for a reason. Those reasons may be different from person to person but you could feel the camaraderie shared by everyone.
As I watched all the different people come through it made me realize even more so that infertility does not discriminate.
There were so many different kinds of people that we met and it does not matter your age, size, race, religion, income, job, or background.
Infertility can affect anyone. Remember- one in eight couples experience infertility. And somehow, knowing basically anyone of any walk of life can experience it, brought me a little comfort. It helped me feel less alone.