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Infertile People Have a Dream

By Tracey Minella

January 16th, 2017 at 6:01 pm

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As Americans celebrate the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we usually remember his most famous quotation from his 1963 speech for racial equality.

 

“I Have a Dream…”

 

Those trying to conceive a baby live by these same words. They are the mantra of the suffering, infertile woman.

 

To be clear, infertility is not on the same “life-and-death” level as the civil rights movement.  Yet there is no mistaking the parallels that do exist between the passion MLK Jr. felt for his cause and the passion infertile women feel for their quest for motherhood.

 

When you are infertile, you are ever-aware of a different unfairness and inequality in the world. How fertile couples take their fertility for granted. How others have what you’ve been denied. You suffer unimaginable pain and despair at what is effectively a denial of your right to the pursuit of happiness. And you passionately dream your dream…of a day when you will hold a baby in your arms.

 

MLK Jr.’s peaceful protesting of the injustices of segregation and racial inequality ultimately changed a nation. But for the infertile woman, there is no protest that can make that dream of motherhood come true. Sure, we can and must demand the government do more to help infertile women… such continually advocating for legislation mandating more comprehensive medical insurance for infertility treatment. But ultimately, your plight is based on individual circumstance, not oppression by others. New legislation may help financially, but it alone won’t guarantee you get pregnant. So how do you deal with the frustration over the situation? How do you keep your dream alive?

 

Dr. King…a spiritual man and motivational speaker…gave us more than that one famous quote.  Here’s another one, which speaks to the heart of the infertile woman:

 

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

 

So when you remember the courage of this great man, think about becoming an advocate for political change that will advance the cause for infertile women. Keep the faith.

 

And never give up on your dream.

 

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How do you keep your dream alive? What’s the biggest obstacle?

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“I Have a Dream”: MLK Inspires Infertile Women

By Tracey Minella

January 16th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Today, as Americans celebrate the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we usually remember his most famous quotation from his 1963 speech for racial equality.

“I Have a Dream…”

These words are also the mantra of the suffering, infertile woman.  Without suggesting the causes are equal in terms of life and death, there are some parallels between the passion MLK felt for his cause and the passion infertile women feel for their quest for motherhood.

When you are infertile, you are ever-aware of a different unfairness and inequality in the world. How fertile couples take their fertility for granted. How others have what you’ve been denied. You suffer unimaginable pain and despair at what is effectively a denial of your right to the pursuit of your happiness. And you passionately dream your dream…of a day when you will hold a baby in your arms.

But for the infertile woman, there is no group to protest against to make that dream come true. Your plight is based on individual circumstance, not oppression by others. New legislation won’t get you pregnant. So how do you deal with the frustration over the situation? How do you keep your dream alive?

People often forget that Dr. King…a spiritual man and motivational speaker…gave us more than that one famous quote. And this inspirational gem also speaks to the heart of the infertile woman:

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Keep the faith. Follow that dream.

Thank you, Dr. King, for not only inspiring today’s infertile women to have faith and follow their dreams, in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their way, but for also beginning the movement that has resulted in today’s opportunities for… and the acceptance of… inter-racial adoption and blended families.

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