Thankful For Not So Silent Women
“I want to be totally okay with what is and surprised by how marvelous the future will be.”
I read that quote on LaBelette Rouge‘s blog this morning and thought, That is so where I am today. Now, how the hell did I manage to get here?
This comes after a walk down memory lane last night. I participated on a RESOLVE teleseminar (podcast soon to be available for download) about Surfing the Web for Fertility Information. As the “special guest blogger,” it was my job to address the ins and outs of infertility blogging. In preparation I time traveled back to 2006 when I read a small piece in the Wall Street Journal about women chronicling their infertility experiences online. I was aghast and intrigued.
A few months later in February 2007, I sat down in front of my computer and searched online for “infertility blogs.” My first post, written under a pseudonym had me so anxiety riddled — good God I was telling the world my deepest, darkest secret — I almost got physically ill. (Thank you, TUMS EX-750, for calming my stomach down.)
Fast forward to last night. On the phone with me was Jennifer Redmond, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Fertility Authority and Rebecca Flick of RESOLVE, both accomplished and caring women who share a dedication to removing the stigma associated with infertility. We laid out some things to consider for those engaging in online infertility searches for the first time.
As I talked about the blogosphere I realized how central blogging has been not only in making sense of complex, long suppressed ideas and emotions, but in opening up new connections to fabulous, fascinating, all around warm, witty and wonderful women. This takes me back to LaBelette Rouge, who embodies those very characteristics. We met face to face last Friday evening when she was up from Southern California to the Bay area, but we’ve been blog buddies for some time, connected by our desire for reinvention and making sense of the curve balls that life throws our way.
This Thanksgiving season, among the many things I’m thankful for in my life are the women (and that means y’all) who have helped moved me along the path to being “totally okay with what is and surprised by how marvelous the future will be.”
Now it’s your turn. What are you thankful for?