Thursday, November 20, 2008

Favorite things Friday

Well, it's that time again. Time for my favorite things. This week it perfectly coincides with the beginning of ICLW, which is great since it is one of my favorite things. Since starting my blog in August I have participated twice and have made iron commenter both times. I plan on trying again. I think this is so great that I love that Mel in her infinite wisdom has organized this along with all the other wonderful things she does.

Anyway, it is one of my favorite things because of all the wonderful people I have met. I have said it before but it never hurts to say it again ALL OF YOU ARE TRULY WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, and INSPIRING people. Also as I am sure you have heard before I have felt so alone for the last 8+ years going through this. While I have had the support (the best way they know how) from family and friends, it is still difficult because they can't truly understand what I am going through, what I feel, how I hurt. They try...but they can't know. You know. You hurt with me, you are frustrated like me, you are angry at IF like me, you laugh with me, you are hopeful with me and I can not tell you how GREAT it feels. I read your stories and I feel all the same for you. I have shed tears for many of you and jumped for joy at your successes because each success you have is a little more hope for me. It is strange that I can feel so much for so many people that I have never met but I truly do!

When I started blogging I had NO idea! I had not had internet in my home for over 5 years so I had not read ANY blogs. I did not know there were all of you out here. I did not realize there was a whole community like you. When I wrote my first entry I was nieve because I thought maybe I would be educating everyone that may come to my blog, that I was somehow the lone person who was ready to share this journey and then I found you and realized there were so many (too many) of us. Too many people who had to be in this journey with me. And in the short time I have been doing this you all have educated me. You are my IF family. I wish you did not have to be here but I am so glad you are because without you I don't think I would have any hope. I was at a point that I did not think it was possible for someone to hurt so much and have their heart broken again and again and again and still go on but I can because you can...because you DO! So many stories of strength through things I would not wish on my worst enemy. Stories of Hope and stories of such love for something that most of do not even have yet.

You all, everyone, make me feel normal (as much as you can with IF), you help me stay sane, you give me HOPE and I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

18 comments:

momofonefornow said...

That is exactly how I feel. I was so lonely for so long, now I feel like I have finally found a little piece of home.

C said...

:)

Well said, as always.

Mermaid said...

I couldn't agree me. I have found so much support and comfort in our little blogging community. Reading other IF blogs makes me feel ok with my emotions and craziness over a someday-baby. Like you said, I feel normal.

Monica LeMoine said...

Yes, blogging is great for getting some happy solidarity and family-feel in the lonely world of the reproductively wacked. I'm totally with you on that.

April said...

You definitely took the words out of my...um....fingers? ;) especially since we live so close, i think that we understand eachother well since we know the lack of resources in this dang area.

what a great way to start iclw ;)

birdsandsquirrels said...

Hi Michelle,
I'm here from ICLW. I'm so glad I clicked on your blog! We have so much in common. I'm 34, live in Michigan, and have PCOS. My husband is a huge U of M fan. Gosh it's been a rough season!

This blogging community is amazing. It is so nice to have a safe place to go, where everyone knows the same pain and experiences and we can help each other through it all.

alicia said...

yay! I am so glad you haev been able to find such a supportive community in the IF blog world! It is truly amazing isn't it!?!

Here from ICLW

Cara said...

I felt the same way eight years ago - searching for a group. I never found it, now I found everyone here and it is a perfect fit!

nh said...

Well said! The amazing support we get from the IF blog community makes it easier to face each day!

(ICLW)

Beautiful Mess said...

What a beautiful post! I am happy to know that you have found people to walk with and that you find Hope in all of them.
Enjoy your day!
-D *ICLW*

Megs said...

This was a wonderful post! I cant agree with you more about the blogging community. Since I started blogging, it has definitely helped me to get some of my emotions out. Have a wonderful weekend!!

**ICLW**

AlmostMrsJoyner said...

Thank you bunches for your comment..I totally agree. It is amazing that there is this group of women, all across the country, who support each other. I feel so lucky and blessed to have found people like you!!

Stacie said...

I am so glad you are no longer feeling alone! I know that pain, and it is horrible. As for feeling normal with these women, I totally agree. I am constantly amazed by the IF community. These people are truly wonderful!

Here from ICLW

'Murgdan' said...

What did I ever do before the blog world came into my life? And what would I do with all my free time!?

Kymberli said...

I read maybe five IF blogs regularly for about a year before I started writing a blog of my own. Even with reading those five blogs, I had no idea that there was such an organized IF community. I am grateful for this unfortunate but fortunate group of people. It makes the IF not quite so isolating.

iclw

BethH6703 said...

I agree! I'd be COMPLETELY lost without this community, and without the many, many incredible women I've been blessed to call my friends because of it. (So what if they live in the computer! THEY ARE MY FRIENDS! lol)

ICLW

Dreams Come True said...

You've just put so eloquently what I've thought a million times! This community is amazing.

JamieD said...

I so agree with you - well said! This blogosphere has been invaluable to me. And how great is Mel?!?!