Fertility Commitments to Myself | Stay Sane In Fertility Treatment
How to Stay Whole and Sane Throughout Fertility Treatment
Fertility treatment can rock us in ways that are scary and feel almost impossible to understand. Here are some ideas on how to stay whole and sane throughout the process.
We make commitments to many different people and causes. We make some casually and other commitments take a lot of thought and reflection.
I decided to make some commitments to myself.
Fertility commitments to myself.
I will hold myself up tall, with pride.
I will think well of myself and my partner.
Remembering the Whole, Not an Infertility Diagnosis
I will remember that I am a whole person, not an infertility diagnosis or a sperm count.
I will remind myself that I have value and worth, whether I am pregnant or not, whether I am a parent or not.
I will remind myself that I learn something about myself every day and that what I have learned about myself because of infertility is that I am strong and courageous. I know how much easier it would be to accept my infertility and remain childfree. I will remind myself that I am brave enough to move forward and farther than I thought I could in my goal of becoming a parent.
Self-Care with Fertility Nutrition and More
I commit to myself that I will take the best care possible of my physical body. That I will eat in a healthy way, learning about fertility nutrition. That I will sleep enough. That I will exercise my body responsibly.
I commit to asking for help when I need it instead of hiding behind a false sense of pride or courage. I will remember that infertility and fertility treatment are big, life changing challenges and that fear often accompanies me while I do the best that I can.
I commit to finding my own voice in my fertility treatment so that I am as comfortable as I can be throughout the process.
I commit to looking in the mirror and remembering that I am a beautiful person, from the inside out.
I commit to doing the best I can do and resist the urge to beat myself up about how well I fulfill or do not fulfill these commitments. That I recognize that these are goals and some will be harder than others on any given day or in any given moment.
I commit that I will be kind to myself and those around me. And that when I am not kind, I return to kindness.
I commit to finding myself through fertility treatment, that I recognize myself, even when it feels like the very core of me has shifted.
I commit to loving myself. No matter what.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.