Saturday, June 24, 2006

Life Goes On

Not everyone gets a happy ending in the fertility game. I didn’t. I was saddened this week to read about a couple of bloggers (also without happy endings) who are considering shutting down their sites. Saddened not only because I will miss their voices but also because it means there are a couple fewer voices who are saying, “life goes on” -- proof that there is life after infertility. There are those bloggers like Statia who’ve been around for a long time and are writing about their struggles with infertility (among other things) right now, who will probably continue to blog no matter what the outcome of that pursuit is. My original blog was IF-centric, so when I made that turn in the road I decided to start a new blog. But I didn’t disappear, I still have things to say and I hope I am contributing somehow, that I have a perspective that is mostly missing from the blogosphere.

I’m not defined by my childlessness any more than a mother is defined by that role alone. All of the things on my list have contributed to who I am today, shaped me, influenced me. I also have a list of accomplishments and talents, yet I give more weight to the negatives than the positives. Maybe that’s just my nature, or maybe that’s just the nature of people who’ve been through a bunch of shit. I’m not judging anyone who decides to stop blogging – it’s a very personal yet a very public forum and we are all privileged to be invited to share another’s experiences and thoughts.

I’ve been thinking about infertility in the animal kingdom lately. I am seeing young does with tiny spotted fawns in my neighborhood, and I wonder if there are deer who can’t conceive. My friend’s mare was recently inseminated using frozen sperm after a fresh IUI cycle failed. I asked Willow what the success rates are for horses, naturally and using ART, and she didn’t know. They haven’t done much of that kind of work at this farm. I do know that it’s expensive and big business. I saw a TV show once that showed a prize mare being inseminated with a prize stallion's sperm. The mare conceived, but they only allowed the embryo to grow for a certain period of time before they flushed it out of the mare (in a sort of enema procedure) to be implanted into a surrogate mare for the remainder of the gestation. Apparently pregnancy and childbirth were too dangerous to allow the prize mare to carry her own foal.

There’s a gelding at the farm who is an orphan, his mother died in childbirth. He’s bad-tempered, ill-mannered and has to be kept segregated because he bites, both horses and humans. Willow said every orphan she’s ever seen is like this…they don’t bond with other horses or their trainers if they lose their mother, and it takes a long time to turn them into a horse that is safe to be around, or maybe to ride eventually. Interesting.

I’m rambling a bit today. I’ll leave you with another list of band names, just because.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Vancougar (an all-girl punk band from my home town!)
Panda Riot
Apostle of Hustle
Rancid Hell Spawn
Hockey Night
Kleenex Girl Wonder
Smoking Popes
The Redneck Manifesto

And finally, my favorite of this group: Leftover Crack

P.S. Thanks for the birthday wishes. I lied in my last post, my birthday was this week, not next week, Thursday in fact, the first full day of summer. D got me my own riding helmet so I don’t have to use the old nasty ones at the farm. He’s so sweet and supportive. And how was your week?


  1. Who's shutting down?? Maybe I have missed something?

    How cool to have your own helmet for your riding! Sweet man that he is. I hope Thursday was a happy day for you, sweetie. Happy belated birthday.

  2. Donna-
    My hubby's BD is on the summer solstice. Happy birthday, girl! I dreamed last night I was pregnant...I was terrified (because of 3 miscarriages in the past) but thrilled in my dream. I awoke feeling so empty. Of course, it's really too late (for me and hubby) for me to even think of such things but I suppose it will always be a dream to give him a child, to have his child.
    I'm thinking about you, girl.

  3. Happy Birthday, Donna! And, I am so glad that you didn't stop blogging.

  4. Happy belated birthday!

    I so miss voices that are no longer there as well. I treasure all the voices I've come to love, no matter what they're talking about.

  5. I'm glad you're here to say life goes on. It's easy to lose sight of that, for me anyway. I am starting to allow my mind to consider that "what if."

  6. Where's my brain?

    Happy belated Birthday Donna!

  7. Happy Birthday, Donna! I knew it was in June, but can never remember the date. I'm so very glad you are still blogging.

  8. Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a good day!

  9. Happy birthday! J's birthday was the day after yours! :-)

    Very interesting information about the horses that are born w/o their mothers. I'd guess we probably behave similarly to a certain degree.

  10. You'd think that the colt would be MORE attached to humans (I assume it was humans who fed it). That is very interesting.

    Who is shutting down their blog??!! ohhh......yeah. There are many factors involved.

    Happy Late Birthday!

  11. Happy belated birthday. As a present, you've been tagged :)

    And i'm totally with you, it's sad to see someone leave IF blogosphere. There is life without kids, really there is. I believe it with my mind, and when i get over the deep sadness it causes, my heart will accept it too. And i can be happy then, with or without kids. But in the meantime, when you're trying ivf, it's limboland, permanent pause, aggravation all around the nation. Arrrrggghhh!!!