I am so happy that skeins of #814 are selling out. I'm always on the lookout for other pomegranate threads. I haven't seen one yet (with the exception of the one on my husband's wrist, but I sort of already knew he was infertile--no big bonding moment. And the head of Resolve, but I tied it on his wrist so again, not a big surprise). I'm actually curious, how many people are wearing one right now. Add a comment to this post and let everyone know.
Paz wrote up such a great description of Operation Common Thread for a listserv we're both on that I thought I would post it here in case anyone else has infertility or pregnancy loss listservs/bulletin boards they visit. You can cut-and-paste this message in order to spread the word.
For anyone who has ever had a miscarriage, struggled with pregnancy, and all things infertile...there is a movement upon us that you might want to join. It's rather simple actually: a discreet ribbon on your right wrist to signal to others that they are not alone in their struggles.
As someone who has had 5 m/c but am currently 5 months pregnant (YEAH), I wonder who looks at my big belly with sadness because they are in the month-to-month struggle. I mentioned to a friend that I wished there was some secret nod or international sign as if to say, this belly was hardwon. Well, she posted this quandary on her blog (http://www.stirrup-queens.blogspot.com/) and the response has been quite overwhelming...and a movement has been born!
The pomegranate-colored thread holds a two-fold purpose: to identify and create community between those experiencing infertility as well as create a starting point for a conversation. Women pregnant through any means, natural or A.R.T., families created through adoption or surrogacy, or couples trying to conceive during infertility or secondary infertility can wear the thread, identifying themselves to others in this silent community. At the same time, the string serves as a gateway to conversations about infertility when people inquire about its purpose. These conversations are imperative if we are ever to remove the social stigma attached to infertility.Tie on the thread because you’re not alone. Wear to make aware. Join us in starting this conversation about infertility by purchasingthis pomegranate-coloured thread (#814 by DMC) at any craft, knitting, or variety store such as Walmart or Target. Tie it on your right wrist. Notice it on others. Just thought I would pass the word along!
So that was Paz's very cool post. Get the word out there.
And another thing for newcomers since there seems to be many new people commenting on the site, if your blog isn't already listed in the blogroll, drop me a note (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know about your blog and chosen category so I can add you. I've been finding IF blogs left and right so the list is really growing, but it's great when people send me an email and tell me about ones that I've missed.
Er...and one last piece of business. With the blogroll. There are BFP popping up everywhere but I haven't moved anyone from their original category yet unless they've asked. Pregnancy after IF is rarely the carefree-running-down-the-beach-with-the-wind-in-your-hair pregnancies of the non-infertiles. So I don't want to move anyone until they're ready. And it takes some people three months to move and it takes other people until the baby is out of their belly to move. I wasn't sure how people felt about this. Especially if you have expectations that a TTC blog will still be a TTC blog and then you click on it looking for information and discover that it is now a pregnancy blog. Which is a happy thing. And also a sensitive thing.