Infertility gets its day in the spotlight!
I woke up Thursday morning just as shocked as my family and friends to see Erick and I smack dab in the middle of the front page of The Roanoke Times.
Earlier in the week, I had pitched a story to the paper about infertility for National Infertility Awareness Week. Much to my surprise, they were interested. I couldn’t believe it. Dan Casey, who writes a column in the paper, wanted to meet me for coffee to talk. We met — I talked a lot and he wrote a lot. He was a really nice guy and it went really well. He told me it was one of the best pitches he had read in a long time. I, again, was shocked.
The next day, the sent a staff photographer to come and photograph us.
Then, later that day I heard from Dan several times with questions. He told me it was slated for the front page for the next day, but I figured it would get bumped or if it made it, it would be below the fold. So imagine my delighted tears of joy to see it as the top story on the front page! I felt so validated. This disease matters. We matter. Everyone going through this matters. The Roanoke Times gets it.
Also, imagine my overwhelming sense of holy crap, all of our business is on the front page of the paper. I had sort of a mini meltdown the day before because I was worried about sharing our good news. I have no qualms about talking about infertility or about sharing our past, but it freaks me out to share good news as it’s unfolding. I know that seems strange.
I guess I felt like I would be jinxing us somehow. But, in the end, I gave God my fears and left them at the cross. God doesn’t do jinxes. God has given us a spirit of power, not of fear. So, I pushed my fear aside and decided to rejoice with everyone in our good news and in the amazing opportunity that The Roanoke Times gave to us to get the word out about support for this disease.
I am just so happy that The Roanoke Times chose to highlight this disease in such a prominent way at such an opportune time. I can’t even begin to thank them enough. It ended up being the most read story online that day, too. Wow!
We received hundreds of messages from friends and strangers alike, all with very sweet and supportive messages. Of course, there were a few trolls commenting online, but the community came to our defense in a big way. A handful of women contacted me about joining the support group, which is amazing!
Overall, we are just humbled from the amazing response that we got.
Score for infertility!