This holiday season has been especially hard for me. Facing the ticking time bomb that is my body, pinned against the financial burden that is reproductive assistance has turned me into a bitter, angry, scrooge this year. I feel I’ve reached a point where “fake it till you make it” no longer gets me through. There is no faking it through this. I am upset and miserable. And I have every right to be.
It’s because of this that I’ve been proactively searching out counseling and practicing self care. I can’t even tell you how critical it is to take care of you first. It doesn’t make everything better, but it makes things bearable.
This month my peer-led support group focused on dealing with the holidays. In preparation for that meeting I put together a little packet for them. An “Infertility Holiday Survival Guide” of sorts. Reality is though, this information is useful for anyone having a hard time. So I wanted to share. Enjoy.