Please welcome Iris Waichler, this week’s author guest post writer. She talks about a subject very close to my heart, as I struggled with infertility for six years before getting pregnant with Jake.
I was at an author event listening to the feminist author Naomi Wolf talk about her book Misconceptions. She was discussing her anger at her doctor who was insisting she have a c-section. I thought to myself she has no idea how angry you can get when your body fails you. I had been dealing with infertility, shots, miscarriages, and being poked every day with needles. On my ride home I came up with an outline for a book that would offer people who were battling infertility the information, support, and resources they needed to empower them and cope better with the challenges imposed. I had always been interested in writing to help people advocate for themselves. I had promised myself after my daughter was born that I would do something to reach out to others who were not successful in building their families. A year later I stood in that bookstore in front of a crowd where Naomi Wolf had spoken at my first author event for my book, Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate and Inspire. My book has gone on to win 4 major book awards including 2 best book of the year awards.