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My name is Jennifer and I am childless not by choice.
I am childless not by choice due to infertility. I was surprised to learn that only about 10% of those who are CNBC is because of infertility.
A Story of Adenomyosis and Endometriosis.Read More
I had been married for two years when I was diagnosed with lupus. I was thirty one years old at the time. My husband and I had decided to enjoy our time together before making any hurried decisions about family. Our deadline was to make a decision by the time I turned thirty-five.
The lupus diagnosis came after about eight years of strange symptoms and misdiagnoses. In that respect, it was a blessing. It finally gave me clarity on all the bizarre, seemingly coincidental medical issues I had experienced.Read More
It's 6pm on November 1st 2010 and I'm sat in Tesco’s car park at Hexham, Northumberland… read Joanne’s storyRead More
What a difficult choice! So many terrific reasons for why it is important to share your stories. I took ages reading them over, and thinking about which ones stood out for me. Here’s how I made the decision….Read More
I always just assumed I’d be someone who had 2.4 children to be honest. I think a lot of young women do. I used to play around with baby names finding the most eccentric-yet-acceptable ones I could muster and scribble them into the back of a notebook.Read More
“In telling my story of being childless not by choice, the first thing to say is that it's not obvious why exactly, for sure, I don't have children. I always thought I'd have children and it hasn't happened.”Read More
‘Well, Ms Lindemann, you are without doubt, the weirdest case I have ever seen’, said the eminent Professor and world-leading researcher in infertility and miscarriage.Read More
At the age of 17 years old you don’t expect to be diagnosed with a syndrome that changes you in ways that you nobody else understands unless diagnosed with the same condition or has infertility issues.Read More
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“I grew up firmly believing that I’d be a mom one day. Parenthood had always figured into my plans and life goals, but I thought I was being sensible by getting my degree, starting my career, getting married, travelling, buying a place, and becoming financially secure first. “ Read this honest and moving account by Tanya Trusler on the facts and figures in her journey.Read More
40% of women, who experience infertility, have suicidal thoughts. Read this message from the heart from Grace, our first post for World Childless Week 2018Read More
I’m 42 and childless-not-by-choice. I came fairly late to the party, and it wasn’t until my 30th birthday that the tock-tock of the biological clock really started to up the volume.Read More
I started World Childless Week because I realised that the voice of the childless not by choice community I am part of, was not represented anywhere. I felt that we deserved a week that was focused on those of us who have never been pregnant, never carried full term or only hold the memory of a child born sleeping. Our grief of never having the children we dreamt of is largely unrecognised, a disenfranchised grief.
In July and November the USA and UK retrospectively have infertility awareness weeks that focus on fertility and not those of us who will never be parents. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month which some of us can relate to, but not all of us. July is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month, but having not suffered the loss of a living child we are excluded from this month as well.
The term childless can be used in numerous ways by different people: parents who are suffering empty nest syndrome, parents whose children live across the other side of the world, parents whose children are missing, parents who are estranged from their children, parents who have sadly had a child passed away. All of these (and more) are reasons that people may say they are childless and whilst our grief overlaps in many ways, a parent’s grief is different to ours. Parents have memories that for us were just dreams and often there is a divide of misunderstanding that can lead to a lack of empathy.
World Childless Week is our chance to raise our voices and be heard. It is our chance to share our stories and our thoughts. It is a way for us to support each other and find strength through others.
World Childless Week is a way for us to unite as one.
So please join in each day in whatever way you feel comfortable. A simple "like" to a post can make a real difference to the person who gathered up their courage to share their words. A comment can start a conversation. A re-tweet or share of a post could really make a difference because your post may reach the eyes of someone who is silently struggling.
Let’s do this not just for ourselves but for all of us and start the day by reading and interacting with Facts & Figures: Our Stories, because Our Stories matter.
Stephanie Phillips, founder, World Childless Week
Before we kick off please raise a virtual glass glass or send a cheer to Stephanie Phillips. World Childless Week is very much her idea.Read More