Fertility Program Trust and Experience - What's the Key?
On the theme of gift giving (which I am on today), I was given a tiny, little bejeweled key for my birthday. Its message and symbol was “trust”. A very dear, sisterfriend gave it to me. Oh, how I love my sisters and my sisterfriends.
Trust. In a key. I see it as the key to opening a heart. Or as the ability to keep a confidence. Knowing that whomever you have trusted with a key will come in quietly and listen first. Not judge. Not advise. Listen. Give the person a chance to be heard. A key indicates a lock, but interesting how much more frequently a key image is used than a lock image. Kind of like we use the word fertility program, instead of infertility.
Because a key opens things. Doors. Boxes. Our hearts.
I am honored and privileged to have the trust of many women through Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and beyond. Maybe you are reading this because I have a certain amount of trust from you. If so, thank you. I feel honored each and every day that you chose to read PathtoFertility.
As a woman who has gone through the experience of infertility and fertility treatments, I understand certain things. I do NOT understand how you feel. I do understand how I felt in similar circumstances, hearing similar news but I do not presume to understand your feelings. Because I am not you.
Fertility Treatment Honesty
I do know what it felt like to me to be disappointed, frustrated, sad, hurt and more during my own fertility treatment. I know what you tell me about how you feel. I’m so glad to hear the word hopeful in your description often. We all know how often the word pain is in there.
Your trust in me reminds me to be thoughtful. Not to make promises. To be honest, with you and myself. To do my best to support you and advocate for you. That is my responsibility, when I speak with you, to listen and to tell the truth as I understand it. And to be very honest when I don’t know the answers. Which is often.
That’s where I feel so lucky to be working for RMACT. I can get the answers from people I know and trust. Who deserve my trust because of who they are, through their training and who they are because of the choices that they make every single day.
RMACT has a wealth of experience, starting with five board certified reproductive endocrinologists, a physician’s assistant, nurses, medical assistants, our lab director and embryology and andrology team members. Our nutritionist, acupuncturists, mental health professionals, peer support group leaders and more.
I trust when I don’t know an answer that I can find out the answer. That’s the key that I have and I am so grateful to be able to use it.
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