“I wish I had come sooner.” I hear this all the time from new patients that join our support group. I also know that the isolation and loneliness that can come with treatment often gets in the way of seeking help.
It is my hope that anyone who needs support on their journey will read this and be inspired to join us. I can promise you will leave feeling lighter, less stressed, and no longer alone.
Infertility is a silent disease, and many only share their experiences when they are no longer in treatment. The biggest complaint I’ve heard is that they didn’t know who to talk to when they needed support. Online forums can help, but don’t involve any face-to-face conversation, which can offer relief from isolation. While family and friends can be helpful for some, not everyone has an understanding and sensitive support system. It can also be difficult to feel fully understood by the people closest to us.
For this reason, many people dealing with infertility look to infertility support groups for help. Infertility support groups can offer an understanding, safe and informative place for you to discuss your experiences with others going through the same or similar issues. I have led many support groups in my career, and I have seen firsthand the positive ways that sharing in a like-minded community can heal people.
During our one hour support group, individuals and couples are invited to discuss what they are going through with others who may understand and offer support and encouragement. The meeting is informal and everyone is usually eager to share and hear the stories of others. By sharing, attendees find that their experiences are validated, and the support they receive offers hope and perspective. The group is kept small, no more than 10 attendees, so that everyone can receive the attention they need.
Please join us if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Feeling overwhelmed with the stresses of treatment
- Isolation and loneliness or feeling hopeless
- Trouble focusing at work or in social situations
- Sadness, anxiety or high emotional stress
- Feeling like you have no one to talk to
- Difficulty coping with infertility
We hope to see you soon and learn more about your journey. Our fertility support group meetings are the third Saturday of every month at the River North location. To register for an upcoming support group click here.
– Susan M. Rizzato, MSW, LCSW