A Note To Women Yearning To Be Moms On Mother's Day

To be honest, I used to really despise Mother’s Day. Growing up without much of a relationship with my mom, it was always the reminder of what I didn’t have. And after I was diagnosed as infertile at the age of 26, when all my friends were coupling up and having babies, it became an even more painful punch in the gut. Year after year, my Facebook feed was flooded with posts and images shared by women I cared about who were celebrating how wonderful motherhood was. But I wasn’t sure I would ever get to be a mother at all. And as fertility treatments failed and money was flushed down the drain, that one holiday in May became a culmination of all the hurt I’d built up over the years. Mother’s Day was awful and painful. It truly became my least-favorite day of the year. So, to the women out there who are struggling this Mother’s Day, yearning to be mothers themselves and wondering if they will ever get that shot, I just wanted to say: I see you. I know how hard it is. And I’m so sorry that you have to fight this battle when it seems like everyone you know and love is able to get pregnant simply by snapping their fingers. To the women who have suffered loss after loss, know that my heart is with you. You are not alone in this journey, but days shaped around celebrating motherhood can certainly make you feel as though you are. It’s harder to stillbirth or miscarry, because you’re left clinging to the excitement you felt when you...
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