Friday, March 16, 2012

Endometriosis Awareness Day 16

     Through my journey to get the word out about Endometriosis this month I have met a lot of new Endo sisters. One of those amazing ladies is Catherine Lambert. Her and her husband tried to conceive for 16 years. Here are two of her tweets on Twitter.

"I was told that if my husband and I tried IVF I'd be high risk for miscarriage due to severe endometriosis and malformed uterus."

"Sometimes I doubt my decision to stop fertility treatment and get a hysterectomy to rid myself of endometriosis but other days I'm glad."

     Catherine wrote a memoir and had it published in 2011 about her struggle with infertility due to Endometriosis. The book is called Lost in a Sea of Mothers: Am I a Mother Yet?


     "This story is about my raw emotional struggle and journey with endometriosis, infertility, childlessness, depression, and fostering teenagers in a fertile world. I am thirty-nine years old, and I've been married for over twenty years. I became aware of my infertility when I was only nineteen years old. Many books I have read on infertility have been intimidating; written by doctors or by confident women who seemed to overcome their emotional distress more easily.

     My emotions had no place to go but inside a book. However, the shame I felt at being a woman with no child or career was dreadfully overwhelming for me. Because I had a difficult time finding a book that left me feeling understood and not alone, I wanted to write the book I was not able to find. My book is not only for childless women but also for mothers, fathers, husbands, sisters, friends, foster parents, teachers, co-workers, and doctors who know or love a childless woman (five percent of the women population, and even fewer who become foster mothers) and want to have a better understanding of what a childless woman endures when unable to control her own body or mind. "

     If you are struggling with Endometriosis and infertility or even infertility not due to Endo - pick up this book. Know you are NOT alone.

You can contact Catherine through Twitter or her website


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2 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book... I haven't been reading much lately (or really doing much of anything, for that matter). I'm questioning my own fertility. And it's quite upsetting to have friends with kids galore, and to try to get pregnant without success so far. My friend only started trying a month and a half ago and she's pregnant. With twins :/ I don't know what to do. I'm afraid to find out whether or not I can have kids.

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  2. Thank you Nicole for your kind words and for spreading the word about my book. You brought tears to my eyes because I was having a difficult time figuring out how to spread the word about my book. I try to tweet as often as I can. I'm horrible with computers so I never started a blog. You are helping me achieve my goal of reaching as many women as possible. No woman should have to endure the pain of endometriosis or the heart wrenching dissapointment of not being able to reproduce all on her own. And for some of us, it's difficult to face our in-laws too.

    Oh, it's Lost in a Sea of Mothers not Living :D

    Tori,
    I was afraid too. To find out whether or not I could have kids was too hard for me to face at first but I had to do it for my husband, he was involved in my struggle too and I had to put aside my fears to get the answers he needed to know whether or not he would be a father some day. It is nerve wracking but you can do it. Not to pry but has your husband been checked? It's always best to start with the hubby and then go from there. I wish all the best for you in your journey.

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