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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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To All Our Phenomenal Women - Infertility Does Not Define Us

  
  
  

Infertility Does Not Define Us

Maya Angelou   Flickr Creative Commons   Rusty DarbonneMaya Angelou was a writer and poet and more.


She was a woman.


Not a goddess. She didn't need that elevated status. She knew that being a woman was encompassing of much more. 


A woman.

 

She was content to be just that.


A phenomenal woman.


As you all are. As we all are. 


We are phenomenal women.


And an infertility diagnosis does not define us. Nor does having babies or carrying a pregnancy. We are not weak because we cry from sadness and disappointment. We are strong. Beautiful. Brave. Healthy.


We are phenomenal women. 


Every single one of us. 


Thank you Maya Angelou~  Lisa Rosenthal


Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. 

 

Maya Angelou

 

 

Photo Credit: Maya Angelou, The Carolina Theater, Greensboro, North Carolina, September, 2008, Flickr Creative Commons, Talbot Troy

 

Poem Source: Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman” from And Still I Rise. Copyright © 1978 by Maya Angelou.

 

 

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Mother's Day - Fertile Wishes, Hopes And Dreams

  
  
  

Fertile Wishes, Hopes And Dreams for Mother's Day

fertility dreams for mothers dayMy wishes for you for Mother’s Day

 

I wish

 

That you treat yourself in a loving way

 

That you find peaceful and sweet moments

 

That you find something for yourself during the day that makes you feel special

 

That you celebrate what is yet to come

 

My hopes for you for Mother’s Day

 

I hope

 

That the day holds moments of deep pleasure

 

That someone does something thoughtful for you

 

That you find something that you feel truly grateful for

 

That you do something that releases a disappointment or frustration

 

That you do something that is creative

 

My dreams for you for Mother’s Day

 

I dream

 

That all obstacles are removed to becoming a mother

 

That this is the year that your babies come to you

 

That next year mother’s day is celebrated with your baby in your arms

 

 

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Fertile Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Cancelled for January 2, 2014 in Norwalk

  
  
  

Fertile Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Cancellation Due to Snow

snow cancellation for feritle yoga and prenatal yogaFertile Yoga and Prenatal Yoga are cancelled for tonight, January 2, 2014, in anticipation of the coming snow. Stay warm and safe.

 

Please check here about Fertile Yoga at Yogaspace tomorrow in Brookfield, CT to see any updates or cancellations.

A Poem to Start the New Year

I'm sharing a poem here that I start each new year with; considering that maybe it's even more appropriate for each new day.

 

Look to this day,

For it is life,

The very life of life.

In its brief course lie all

The realities and verities of existence,

The bliss of growth,

The splendor of action, 

The glory of power-

 

For yesterday is but a dream

And tomorrow is only a vision.

But today, well lived,

Makes every yesterday a dream 

of happiness

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

 

Look well, therefore to this day.


Sanskirt Proverb

 

 

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Fertility Appears in Many Different Opportunities

  
  
  

In Many Different Opportunities Will You Find Fertility

 

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

 

 

Grow something. Nurture it. Find what is needed to nourish and sustain it.

 

 

Find your own fertility. Beyond becoming pregnant. 

 

 

Grow yourself. 

 

 

                            Grow something & nuture it, fertility appears

 

 

 

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Fertile Father's Day Dreams From the Hearts of Their Women

  
  
  

Fertile Thoughts for Men for Father's Day

Thank you to the women from Ladies Night In and Carrie Van Steen for giving us these beautiful, heartfelt thoughts about their partners and husbands.

My husband would be a great teacher for our childFertile Thoughts for Our Men On Father's Day From Loving Women
funny
charismatic
and wise



No matter what our child likes or which profession they choose
I know they'll be a good person with a
Daddy
like you



Thinking of you today
I look forward to seeing you become a daddy very soon
You will be absolutely amazing



When I look at you
my heart swells with gratitude and pride,
knowing you will make a wonderful dad
someday soon!
I dream of the day when
you can prove to the world what a fantastic father that
I know you will be to our future angel



My love for you is so strong

I know with you is where I belong


I can't wait for the day we can be more than two



but until that day comes, being there for each other is



all we need to do.


Can You Share Your Infertility and Find Support?

  
  
  
  Why not tell your friends that you are struggling with infertility? Why not share the pain and difficulties that you are experiencing? Who better than to offer support and love than our friends and families?

Here are a few reasons I hear a lot:

  • 1. Loss of privacy; too many questions
  • 2. Fear of pity
  • 3. The other person's inability to understand how we feel
  • 4. That they will share the information with others that we don't choose to
  • 5. Too private and intimate a subject to discuss
  • 6. Shame and embarrassment over our struggle
  • 7. Fear we will lose control emotionally in the conversation
  • 8. Fear that we will have to comfort the other person

Notice how often fear comes up?  None of us want to lead our lives driven by fear, yet we don't share with our friends and family mainly for that reason. One question to consider is what we give up by allowing the fear to keep us quiet with our friends and family. Here is the list that I came up with a long time ago, that allowed me to realize that the gains, for me, from facing my fears far outweighed the losses. A short list, a simple list, but a group of ideas that can mean all the difference between feeling like you are going through life alone or with love.

  • 1. Support
  • 2. Comfort
  • 3. Understanding

Here's a poem that I found that describes well how I felt in the midst of infertility and the idea of sharing my pain with those I love:

MY INFERTILE LIFE

Don't look at me with pity

Don't judge me with your eyes

Don't listen to the others

For they may tell you lies

Don't think I am not caring

Or that I have no needs

Don't think I'm not a lover

Or never done good deeds

Don't see me with no children

And think it's my desire

Don't think a new born baby

Won't set my heart on fire

Just give me understanding

And let me stand and cry

And know my desperation

As my infertile life goes by

Author Unknown

And yes, it's a bit depressing. But then so is infertility. If you are experiencing infertility, if you are in the middle of it, then you understand the poem.

If there is no one that you are sharing your pain with, consider telling someone you love, someone you trust, someone who will not judge you, but will listen with an open heart. I know it's scary and you may even tell someone and feel afterwards that it was a mistake, that they don't understand, that it doesn't help. Trust someone else, try again. Don't be alone in this struggle.  Counter your loneliness with love.

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