Aisha did not have to share her story. She did not have to talk about the baby that did not happen. She won't join the ranks of celebrities in their 40s who beat the odds and "just got pregnant." She told her story.
Trying to conceive can be a journey fraught with angst and anxiety. Be ready to use all of your strength and wit. Read your bills, ask questions and stay informed.
There is a great deal of truth to the saying, "Be the change you want to see in the world." No one has any control over what may happen to us, but we can control what we choose to do next.
My husband recently wrote on Babble about our struggle with the news that we're expecting twins. His essay received a lot of comments -- mostly negative. While I share my husband's sentiments, I wanted to tell my own version of our experience.
More and more women are seeking refuge in the freezer. It's nice in the world of "Maybe someday. Just not now." But we all know that the respite from the biological clock is temporary.
We expected we'd have the social, economic and political equality our mothers didn't have, but the family they did. Here we are, among the most well-educated, most successful women in America, wondering how our choice to wait for the right relationship has left us single and childless.
Cancer has this unfortunate way of putting an indelible mark on so much more than just the patient -- and it is these more nuanced side effects of what daddy's cancer has meant to us as a family that has sent me searching for what to say and when to say it.
Some foods have been promoted as "healthy" when they're exactly the opposite. Clean Plates founder Jared Koch shared nine examples. Here's an expansion on his observations.
It's not that I am not happy for Will and Kate -- I suppose that I am, as I would be for any couple giving birth to a healthy baby. However, I simply couldn't watch all the media coverage, as it brought up all the pain, time and energy I spent in pursuit of my own baby bump, birth and baby.
Your loved ones will need all the emotional encouragement and support they can get. Knowing what to say during this time might turn out to be just what the doctor ordered.
When cancer came a callin' when I was 11 and I was informed my chances of ever giving birth to a child were nil, I didn't really give it much thought... Except I cried as I wrote in my little pink diary with the lock on it about how I was missing an "over e" and that meant I couldn't have a baby.
One day, in a last-ditch effort to prop up my wilting ovaries, I decided on a physical and emotional overhaul. I thought if I don't get pregnant, at least I'll be the healthiest I've ever been.
Around this time last year, I was in excruciating pain, and thought, either my womb is going to explode like a volcano or rush through my flange at warp speed. I ran -- like a dawg -- to my fabulous OB/GYN.
Human cloning is not so far-fetched any more. Cloning of the Star Wars variety where new copies of people (although they would be babies, not adults...
Announcing my pregnancy with my fifth child seems almost unseemly. It seems gluttonous, like I've helped myself to way more than I'm entitled to of life's "happiness buffet."
We are worthy because we are there every day with love, hope and faith. We love. We laugh. We encourage. Even though we don't know what the future holds. We mother in spite of that uncertainty.