I am Catholic. So is my wife. In times of difficulty I tend to turn to my faith for strength - it provides comfort and raises hope for better days. After a brief hiatus following our failed IVF cycle, my wife and I have recently begun going to church again and I'm incredibly relieved that we have.
With this year's Ash Wednesday my wife and I enter a Lenten season that will have a much more profound meaning for us than any year in the past. We are going through the biggest trial of our lives, and I know much soul searching, praying and questioning await us. I think we're fortunate that this is the hardest thing we've ever had to deal with, and I hope we can keep that in perspective as we finish writing our story. Things could be so much worse, and there are people out there dealing with things that make our little issue of infertility look minuscule and insignificant. More than anything, I hope we come out the other end stronger than when we entered. I have a lot of confidence we will, and I think we'll get started on that journey in earnest this week as we go into Lent.
An interesting e-mail forward I once read is below (not sure if the figures are 100% accurate, but it's interesting to note how fortunate we are just to live in this country)
If the world were a village of 100 people:
60 would be Asian
5 US American and Canadian
8 Latin American
49 would be female
51 would be male
82 would be non-white
33 would be Christian
67 would be non-Christian
5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth, and all of them would be US citizens
80 would live in substandard housing
24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76% that do have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.)
67 would be unable to read
1 (only one) would have a college education.
50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation
33 would be without access to a safe water supply
1 would have HIV
1 near death
7 people would have access to the Internet
I don't see anything on that list about infertility ... probably didn't make the cut (was beat out by "substandard housing", "unable to read" and "HIV")
There are worse things ...