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Great book for people who have survived infertility
4/18/07, 12:50pm
OK. I'm only on page 27, but I'm REALLY enjoying the book, Waiting for Daisy by Peggy Orenstein.

It's subtitle is "A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, and Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One Woman's Quest to Become a Mother."

Here's a sample:

Even as I did all of this, I feared that I'd get what I wished for. On the days my writing was going well I didn't care if I ever got pregnant -- I secretly hoped I wouldn't. After an evening with my three-year-old niece, who commanded me to sip from a play teacup, pretnd the liquid burned me, and shriek, "Oh no!" until I thought I'd pass out from the tedium, I felt relieved not to have a child. On the way to a last-minute yoga class, I'd congratulate myself on the serenity and spontaneity of my life. Then each month when i got my period I cried.

At least check it out from the library. Then read and come discuss with me!

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Re: Great book for people who have survived infertility
4/20/07, 6:22pm (Last Edited: 4/22/07, 12:27pm)
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>OK. I'm only on page 27, but I'm REALLY enjoying the book,
>Waiting for Daisy by Peggy Orenstein.
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>It's subtitle is "A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions,
>Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, and Atomic Bomb, a
>Romantic Night, and One Woman's Quest to Become a Mother."
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>Here's a sample:
>
>
Even as I did all of this, I feared that I'd get what I
>wished for. On the days my writing was going well I didn't
>care if I ever got pregnant -- I secretly hoped I wouldn't.
>After an evening with my three-year-old niece, who commanded
>me to sip from a play teacup, pretnd the liquid burned me, and
>shriek, "Oh no!" until I thought I'd pass out from the tedium,
>I felt relieved not to have a child. On the way to a
>last-minute yoga class, I'd congratulate myself on the
>serenity and spontaneity of my life. Then each month when i
>got my period I cried.


>


While, I have not had to face infertility, I originally wanted 10 children! I am interested because of the family involvement, as you know. Interesting last line of your sample...when I was wanting another child when Robbie was two years old, and he was such a love bug, I found I could not seem to get pregnant. I cried every month as well when "Aunt Ruby" as we called it, showed up. I finally made an appointment at Kaiser for the infertility department.

Long story short, Kaiser called me the day after my 6 week check up after having Chris! (second son) Shows our medical system. I told the secretary I had just had a baby, so to cancel my infertility appointment to much laughter.

I will look for this book from your recommendation out of curiosity. Love to read.


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4/21/07, 10:48pm
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Sounds like an intersting book. I may look into it. Being infertile, I can totally relate. Rationalization and acceptance, and, of couse, faith were the keys to my surviving infertility. Although, everytime I get my period, it's a constant reminder that I'm infertile. It's not so painful anymore, though. It's now just a part of me, but it hasn't lessened my womanhood.

Thanks for sharing!

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4/24/07, 12:36am
Have never heard of the term "Aunt Ruby", please explain??

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4/24/07, 1:40pm
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>Have never heard of the term "Aunt Ruby", please explain??

Aunt Fran... the period.

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Re: Great book for people who have survived infertility
4/24/07, 2:57pm
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>Have never heard of the term "Aunt Ruby", please explain??

You are either foreign or in another generation than I.

I believe Robbie is referring to "Aunt Flo"

Ruby being RED, we silly youngins in our day referred to that in mixed company.

Funny how in my lifetime, I have seen the loss of modesty, not to mention morals. Having a child wanted or unwanted out of wedlock used to be grounds for "stoning", negative judgments, shame i.e. "Scarlet Letter", and beratements. Now people brag.

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