Thursday, March 21, 2013

Happy ICLW!

Hi and welcome!  Per my last post, it's been quite a while since I last posted, and I am so happy to be back contributing and reading others' updates, good news, bad news, offering support, etc.  You can read my ICLW welcome here.

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Today's post is pretty simple.  I've written about various ways to cope with infertility.  The stress, anxiety, depression, overwhelming emotion, how to hand people who don't get it, how to handle ridiculous comments, etc. 

So, my question today is:  What would you like help with?  What do you want to know?  What are you currently struggling with?  You can either post here or send me an email: mtrothlpc at gmail dot com, and I will see about writing on your particular topic. 

Lastly, in the general theme of mental health:  Name one thing you are grateful for today.  Notice how you feel.  What if you were to think of 10 things? 

Be well,
~M

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  1. Hi from ICLW. I am grateful that my husband is so generous with his time with me.

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    1. Hi Rebecca, wow that's a huge one. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. Returning your visit. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I think it's great that you're using your experience and your education to try and help others.

    One thing I'm grateful for is that my husband and I have been given another chance. There was a time after we lost our first son that I thought we might never have kids and the fact that we were getting so close to that year mark when we would have to start testing scared me to death.

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    1. Thanks, Stasy....I think it's the only way to go. :) I love what you're grateful for. Second chances are amazing, and I'm so glad you've embraced yours.

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  3. Hi from ICLW...I am grateful to have choices...I think we take for granted the choices we are given in life sometimes...a lot of people dont have a choice

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    1. Oh my goodness, for sure! I heard a great quote recently: "We all know we don't control the world, but we get to choose how to react to the curve balls life throws us." ~Jillian Michaels

      So true, don't you think?

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  4. hi from iclw!
    i love your last paragraph. it just really gets someone thinking. how amazing! i am unbelievably grateful for these 22 weeks of pregnancy ive experienced, that i was told id never have. and i only pray itll keep on going!
    great blog!

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    1. Hi Sarah...what a beautiful thing to be grateful for. Every single moment..even the not-so-comfortable ones. ;-)

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  5. Hello! I'm here from ICLW, too.

    Lately, my biggest struggles are around knowing when it's time to "give in" to sadness and cry, sleep (my favorite), and so on, and when it's better to push myself to focus on other things.

    I'll have to read some of your past posts about coping with infertility. Thanks for sharing what you've learned through your own journey.

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    1. Oh that is a huge one. I will definitely write about that. Most people want to hurry up and get the negative feelings over with, but there is certainly a plus to feeling one's feelings. Thanks for the blog idea. :)

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  6. Happy ICLW! Honestly right now I'm having a hard time thinking of things to be grateful for. I guess I'm thankful for the fact that I am able to text my doctor when I run out of pain medication on the weekend and have her call some more in, instead of having to wait until Monday. I'm always thankful for my husband and all he does for me.

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    1. I definitely get that. Sometimes it's the small things (although having a doc like that and a rock star hubby are huge). I once had such a difficult time finding something I was grateful for, I went down to bare minimum. "I'm grateful I have two legs; I'm grateful I can hear music..." It didn't make me instantly happy, but I remember thinking, "Well, this isn't making me feel worse." Know what I mean?

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  7. Hi from ICLW! I think it's very cool that you write to about ways to HELP with IF issues, that's awesome! I'm an IF survivor and I'm working on a book of IF stories of inspiration. I can really relate to your desire to help others who suffer from IF. Even once we've moved on from IF, it never really leaves us, and I definitely feel moved to help others somehow. Wish your blog had a "like" button! :)

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    1. Oh how awesome that you're writing a book! I wish you much luck with that. You're so right that IF is always a part of our lives, even after it's been resolved...it'll be awesome to write about all the ways it *can* be resolved. :)

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