To Infertility… and Beyond, a conversation with Kerstin Lindquist
By Nancy Carmichael
So, Happy Infertility Awareness Week to you! Today is the official kickoff date, and as you know, it’s only slightly less popular than National “Can We Talk About Anything Else?” week. Ok, maybe that’s a bit much. A little insensitive, perhaps? As a fellow infertility sojourner, however, I take full advantage of my license to practice slightly dark humor-as-coping mechanism… if for no other reason to shamelessly tease you to read on… which must be working… if you’re still there? Are you still there? Hello???
Ah, there you are! Thanks for staying with me. I assure you, I get it. It’s no laughing matter, this infertility business. It’s serious. And hard. And often, a very isolating experience, though ironically, anything but rare. The CDC and World Health Organization estimates infertility impacts over 7.5 million women of childbearing age in the U.S. and 48.5 million worldwide. And yet, aside from having an inability to conceive in common, the other thing most of these women share is the lack of opportunity to talk about it. After all, it’s such a downer. Especially when so many of our contemporaries are blessed with babies, babies everywhere; why rain on their parade with our deal?
And so we keep our struggle to ourselves, rejoicing in the blessing of life for our loved ones, grieving quietly in secret, occasionally cracking dark jokes to cope… and crying out to God.
Enter Kerstin Lindquist. Maybe you’ve seen her on QVC, or heard about her as an Emmy Award winning journalist, or caught her on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? What you may not know is that, she, too, is a fellow infertility sojourner, but unlike so many of us, has not kept quiet about her journey. Not by a longshot. I recently had a chance to talk with her about her newly released book: “Five Months Apart: A Story of Infertility, Faith and Grace”.
It’s intensely honest, sometimes raw and yet amazingly inspiring and hopeful.
You can learn more about Kerstin here: http://www.kerstinlindquist.com/