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Countdown to Thanksgiving - Infertility and Gratitude Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on July 31st, 2013

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Countdown to Thanksgiving - Infertility and Gratitude

Holidays | Feelings | Support

What RMACT's Infertility Doctor Asked and Why I Listened

Infertility and GratitudeHow many shopping days are there until Christmas? Dr. Leondires, RMACT's Medical Director and lead infertility doctor, asked that question the other day. It was in context with how fast time it flying; that the summer is almost half over already. Still it was a shock to think about Christmas, cold weather, and snow, while in sandals and a short-sleeved dress. 


I was reading about thankfulness this morning as part of my meditation routine. It was an older book; the term more commonly used these days is gratitude. Reading about thankfulness brought me back to Dr. Leondires' question the other day. In quickly looking up the definitions, thankfulness and gratitude are very closely related. Both are connected to the idea of appreciating a benefit that is recieved.


Love that idea. 

Seeing the Benefits of Fertility Treatment

With infertility and being in fertility treatment, benefits recieved are abounding. There are so many moments of things going just right. So many positive indications that conception will occur and that a pregnancy will be healthy and to term. Do you see it that way? Is it possible to shift your gaze and notice those possibilities?


I've decided to start a new count down. Instead of counting down to the holiday season, full of gift giving and receiving, I'm going to count down to Thanksgiving instead.


120 days until Thanksgiving. November 28 this year. 


I have a challenge for you. How about waking up every morning and writing down one thing you are grateful for? Starting my day that way is very appealing. Especially when the alternative could be feeling anxious about what needs to get done for the day. 


Infertility is a challenge that can be met in many ways. One possibility is fear. Another is grief. Yet another is anxiety. There is that possibility that we meet it with thankfulness. Thankful for all the tiniest and mightiest of things that have allowed us to come to a place where we are considering children in our lives. 


I had a hard day yesterday. Just did. 


I looked up at the sky, saw the sun, the clouds, the shifting between them. The simple movement in the sky made me smile.


Found a way to be thankful. For a smile.


Thanks Dr. Leondires for the reminder to countdown to gift giving. Whether it's the holiday season or, for me, Thanksgiving. The benefit that I received by hearing about the Christmas season was a deeper appreciation of these:


  • summer weather
  • flowers
  • vegetables
  • open windows
  • lighter clothes
  • the smell of the earth after it rains
  • thunder storms
  • rivers
  • pools
  • the ocean
  • cool breezes 
  • hot sun
  • lying on the grass
  • skys that stay lit until late in the evening
  • dinner on the porch
  • breakfast on the front steps


Thankfulness--appreciation of benefits received. 


Got it. 


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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.