fertile-giftsHappy birthday to me.

And to you.

Today is my birthday, but sometime this year, you will have one too. Ha, you can’t get that past me.

Fertility treatment knocked all the joy out of my birthday for years and I have taken to celebrating my birthday all year, every single day to make up for that. (One year my goal was to go somewhere new each and every day. That meant a new place physically or emotionally or spiritually. That was a fun year, think I’m going to do that one again this coming year. Want to join me?)

To celebrate my birthday, I have some gifts for you. Take them out when you are ready and unwrap at your leisure. Savor each one, I want to share my gifts with you. 

Gift #1 – May you take a four hour vacation this weekend to do anything your heart desires. Be as selfish (new definition- taking care of self) as you like. Pick a thing or nothing to do. Maybe it’s a swing in the hammock and a romance novel and a tall glass of lemonade. Maybe it’s staying in bed until eleven AM.  Even if you have to cancel plans or chores, do it. Or especially if you have to cancel plans or chores, do it. Four hours of vacation just for you. (Thank you Amy Sue from Sol Luna Yoga in Avalon for that gift to me.)

Gift #2 – Enjoy some pleasure that is specific to summer. A swim, a walk, gazing at the evening sky. Early morning look at the garden or park with the dew still visible and glistening. Appreciating being able to walk outside with no sweater, jacket, gloves and hat. Simply feeling the temperature of the air on your skin. A water park? Kayak ride? Summer fun, just for you. (Mine was birding this morning with one of my best, most beloved friends, up and out at 5:15 am- check out the sunrise.)

Gift #3 – See a summer movie. There are a few out that are funny, silly, stupid and even studly. See one. Get some popcorn. Get some candy and something to drink. Sit back, put your feet up and laugh. Or cry. Or swoon. (OK, saw Ant Man last night. Funny, silly, stupid AND studly. Not my typical movie but it was playing at the right time and place. Tell me what you see this weekend!)

May these birthday gifts make you feel special. May they remind you how special you are, that only you can be you and that is more than enough. May these gifts remind you that your light shines through all of the murkiness that infertility can cause. May you enjoy my birthday with me wherever you are and whatever you are doing. May you know that I am sharing my birthday wishes with you.

And that I know just what to wish for. May your wishes and mine all come true.

Topics: Holidays, Support

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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