Path To Fertility Blogger Lisa Rosenthal  

Lisa Rosenthal has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field, including her current roles as Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications for RMACT and teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a class designed to support, comfort and enhance men and women's sense of self. Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association, where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director

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Forces of nature and heroes; Weather, Olympics and Infertility

    After a full of week of suggested resources, books and websites about egg donation, I'm offering something else this morning. An acknowledgment and bow to the forces of nature. There are three that I am in awe of this morning. One, the weather! How glorious, dangerous, beautiful and completely out of our control. It's interesting; almost amusing to see how we react when we meet forces bigger than ourselves. We rail against it, we push back, and we postpone making decisions to cancel things. In a word or two, we refuse to believe that we have to accept that there's nothing we can do to change the situation. And at least in the tri-state area, we don't that often have to accommodate weather that truly shuts us down and shuts us up. When the weather hits the way it is hitting right now, we are incredulous at the absolute power of it, with so little defense or ability to push back. And it is glorious, awesome in the truest sense of the word, overwhelming and dangerous as well.

The second force of nature that I am admiring this morning is the Olympics. Yes, the Olympics. Watching the different events, witnessing the courage of these athletes, often leaves me sitting watching, on the edge of my seat. The athletes are magnificent. Every single one of them. Whether they win gold or come in 24th, the level of talent, hard work and commitment to compete at the Olympics, is tremendously high. These athletes, most of them, have been competing since they were very young. (How adorable are some of the photos and videos of them when they are 5 years old?) The Olympics is a different force of nature. It would be naïve to think that it is a "man made" force of nature. I'm going with the definition of force of nature, an event or series of events that cannot be stopped. The Olympics are an outlet for the overwhelming urge that people have to be physical, to push ourselves mentally, and to see what else, how else, how much harder, faster, we can all go. These forces are played out all the time, whether it's because your choice is to play tennis, run, join a volleyball league or any of the other ways that we engage in pushing ourselves. Taken a step further, there are chess clubs and math clubs and chemistry teams. This is not all about the physical, but the urge to push harder, learn more, get better, and even achieve a goal.

This brings me back to infertility. You are the third force of nature that I was referring to.  I teach hero's pose very often in Fertile Yoga. Virasana is the Sanskrit name. I teach it because it's what I learn from you, my students. You, who are on your own fertility paths, are my hero. Just as above, a force of nature to be reckoned with. It's a hard path, infertility. There's no other way to say it. It's not fun, comfortable, easy or usually, uncomplicated. It's got twists and turns, disappointments and hope. Yet, we struggle on, we go to the doctor appointments, we inject medications, we have procedures, we have despair, we have hope. Having a child is a force of nature, there is no doubt, with or without infertility. For those of us who have to struggle to achieve that goal, it's a longer, more complicated path. The goal is the same, a healthy child to have in our family. And just like the storms brewing and releasing all over the country, just like the athletes in Canada showing their finest, most courageous efforts, you are a force of nature.

I feel your strength, courage and resilience. And I consider you all heroes.


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