April will mark our two year anniversary of TTC and this February my sister (actually SIL. But we're that close) will give birth to her first. They got pg on the first try. That stung pretty hard.
My question(s) is:
Rachel. Was there anything you found therapeutic in your most darkest times? A devotional, verse, book, article, song, something someone said to you, etc...? I hate feeling sad/bitter/jealous/angry every time I hear of a new . I want to be able to be truly and completely thrilled for that woman/family. But most the time/all the time I fake it. And later cry in the shower.
Melissa. Same question. Was there a verse, devotional, etc. that helped you, help your sister?
Thanks for the opportunity to ask questions. I'm glad your back!
The best thing for me was having someone I could share myself with. The good, the bad and the ugly.
I needed to know I could spill my guts without any judgment. That was huge for me.
But that can also be tricky.
My friends were very supportive/loving during our journey, so I don’t want to take away from what they offered me, but many of them also went on to get pregnant during our struggles, or had gotten pregnant really easily before, which meant all the support in the world didn’t equal them really understanding (which was what I truly needed).
Once they were pregnant, it impossible for me to continue to share with them without causing hurt feelings.
Being that my sister is my closest friend, it made this difficult on our relationship as well. I wanted to share everything with her, but I had to protect her from the darkness that I felt, specifically towards people who were fertile and pregnant (all of which she is/was).
It was also difficult for those closest to me to NOT be the one I always went to. It was even harder for them that at times I went to complete strangers on the internet for support, simply because they "got" what I was feeling.
Do you have someone in your life that you can turn to that has gone through infertility before you?
If not, check with your church.
Just last week I wrote to the pastors at our church telling them to keep me in mind if they come across women going through IF. Wouldn’t you know the next day I got an email!
I want to be good news to those going through this dark time in their life. And I bet there are others around you who want to as well.
Another thing that used to “soothe” me was music. I would listen to certain songs as loud as I could make them without causing damage and I would let loose. I would yell and beg and cry out to God, tears would be pouring down my face and I would let it all go. Holding nothing back.
But afterward, I always felt better. Letting God know my deepest wounds, somehow made them ache less. Even if temporarily.
I tried to picture myself as a little girl, who fell and scraped her knee, running to my father to get comfort. The pain might last for another week, but having your daddy nearby somehow makes everything a little bit better.
The best song I can think of to recommend is “Stand in the Rain” by superchic. Trust me, you’ll love it.
Have you read the book “Hannah’s Hope” by Jennifer Saake? It was such a great book for me. It is written by a pastor’s wife who went through IF and adoption loss.
Every emotion she talks about, I experienced. And she was a Godly, Christian woman which made it so easy to relate to.
I really recommend you read it. If you can’t afford it, let me know I’ll buy it for you!
Lastly I highly recommend the book “Crazy love” by Frances Chan (same offer as above applies!) I didn’t read it while going through IF but I truly believe that falling deeply and madly in love with Jesus should be the #1 priority I our lives. This book did that for me and I know it has done it to many others.
It’s not a long book but it is life changing. I am learning joy in areas of my life that I didn’t even know I was missing! It is astounding.
Read it! :)
I am so sorry you are going through so much pain. I am praying for the relationship between you and your SIL. May your love for your new niece/nephew over shadow your sadness for yourself. Though I struggled immensely with my sister being pregnant, loving on my niece and nephews brought so much comfort to my wounded heart.
I don't remember a specific verse or book...in fact, I don't know of a book that helps a family member/close friend walk through the journey of infertility. BUT, what God taught me LOUD and CLEAR is that no matter WHAT was said to me or about me
or implied to me or about me
no matter how angry or cold Rachel may have seemed towards me (at times..not all the time)
this was NOT about me
this was about a much deeper battle that, despite seeming like it was aimed at me at times, had nothing to do with me
I was not the enemy
The inability to conceive was the enemy
As a family member/friend who CAN get pregnant, it is REALLY REALLY important to understand this
b.c once you understand it, you can handle the above mentioned things
you can let them be angry and hurt...even if it's in your direction, b.c you don't need to take it personally
The other thing that really helped me was to realize that I couldn't do anything to make it better.
I couldn't say anything to make it better
All I could do was listen
ask if I could ask questions...and be ok if she said no
It seemed that the more I allowed her to JUST BE when she was with me, the more natural it was
the less on edge she seemed
GRACE is a necessity when walking along side someone going through something so big
As someone who CAN have children easily, we MUST understand that we will NEVER understand what its like to WANT a child so badly....period.
At the same time, the person going through infertility must understand that, if not careful, they can REALLY hurt the people they love. And that the people they love, aren't the enemy. And they really DON'T understand what you are going through...not b.c they don't want to understand, but b.c they CAN'T understand.
it is SUCH a delicate road to walk
Please keep us posted on how you are doing! We will most definitely be praying for you!