Just in case you haven’t noticed we have been doing a promotion for the Infertility Summer Reading list over the past few weeks and it has been a BIG hit! We invited amazing authors from the Infertility Survival Kit to come together to share their amazing stories for you. We invited the authors and the community to join along in our Infertility Summer Reading List tweet chat too. The conversation was very active and you can check it out at #ifbooks or at #Iifbooks Tweetchat Recap. In the next few days, we will release the free eBook summary and the final details for the Girlfriend’s Guide to Simplify Infertility collection.
We had such an great response that we weren’t able to include everyone and some people missed our tweet chat but still wanted to join in the conversation. I will feature some of these authors in the coming weeks and months on our blog and newsletter since they didn’t make the official list. Stacy Rourke recently launched her first nonfiction book chronicling her own journey through infertility as well as the stories of other IF survivors. She wasn’t able to attend the tweet chat but she wanted to share her answers to some of the questions that we discussed in the chat. Feel free to tweet to the authors and keep the conversation going. Don’t forget to use #ifbooks if your tweets.
Authors: – Why did you decide to share your story so publicly?
When I was struggling with IF I felt so alone. In some ways the topic is still very much taboo, something suffered by many but spoken about by few. I had no one to talk to that had been through it, that knew how I was feeling. I searched for books but could only find medical journals that gave facts and jargon but no mention to the emotions that I was wrestling with. After coming out on the other side I realized that I want to offer others what I needed but couldn’t find–stories of hope.
Authors: Did your book start out as a blog journal or the book?
The book actually is my journal through the entire process, of course that was before blogs became all the rage. The first draft of this was actually done with paper and pen (pause for shocked gasps at the archaic nature of such a thing.)
Author: Can you share the main message in your book?
Hope. I want every single person struggling with IF to read this book and know that despite how heart wrenching a journey it can be one way or another their baby WILL find his/her way into their arms.
All: Do you encourage other women to write about their journey?
Absolutely, only then when it’s over can they look back and see from the very beginning they were working on a miracle in progress.
Basal body temperatures. Hormone injections. Invasive procedures – that leave no room for modesty. Tips on “effective positions” from well-meaning grandparents.
When the natural way fails to work these are all added to the so called “fun” process of making a baby. Walk this rocky path to motherhood with author Stacey Rourke as she openly and honestly shares every good, bad, and awkward step of her three-year long journey. Using humor to break through the perils of infertility, she gives the lowdown on all the strange, embarrassing, and heartbreaking aspects. Stacey guides us through an unforgettable path that ends with a kid on each hip and hope for all those suffering with infertility.
BONUS MATERIAL: “Morsels of Hope” Success Stories from Infertility Survivors