Seriously, I feel soooo lucky to have met 2 fellow infertiles who have put out much needed voices in the infertility genre this year. (Last time I reviewed I'm Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood by Lisa Manterfield. If you missed that, check it out here.)
This time I thoroughly enjoyed a very different take on the infertility journey with Lori Green LeRoy, who writes the blog The Inadequate Conception (she formerly wrote Fertility Foibles). I actually met Lori a couple of years ago when I was leading the local Resolve support group. I asked her to come and talk because she was all about finding humor along our journey, which was not common at the time. And make us laugh she did! It was one of the best attended and most fun meetings we had. So I had no doubts that the book would be great.
Lori's book called, "The Inadequate Conception: From Barry White to Blastocytes: What your mom didn't tell you about getting pregnant" is a different behind the scenes look at infertility. She recaps both her own and many other infertiles madcap journeys from the crazy stuff you try, the really crazy stuff you swore you'd never try, the humiliation you suffer at the doctor's office, the money you keep doling out and how ridiculous this whole rollercoaster ride can be alongside the pain and tears. Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from falling apart yet again. It's kind of like sitting around a warm fire sharing infertile war stories with your closest friends. I laughed out loud many times and recalled some forgotten humiliation of my own - maybe I'll share here someday....
Lori closes with a beautiful,(and not so humorous) but heartfelt message of how she defines herself in new and wonderful ways. (She and I both share a deep love and appreciation for being aunts and her niece & nephew are so lucky to have her in their lives!) Since I know Lori personally I can truly attest that she has seen it all and tried it all along this journey. She's been a tremendous comfort to talk to when we both couldn't understand why we weren't able to have kids, as she also has unexplained infertility. She truly deserves her weight in gold for what she's been through and how she's taken it and turned it into a way to help others.
P.S. Oh - the giveaway - if you've made it this far, leave a comment here and I'll be giving away 1 copy of this very funny and helpful book. I'll pick a winner at random by Friday and contact you to get your mailing info. Good luck!