My blog is in a state of flux. Sometimes I question if I have more to write, but then a post comes to mind and it goes on the page. It sometimes feels like a trickle. It is not so much that I am dealing with immediate IF issues. I have used this space to process and grieve what once was my battle with IF. Now it feels like I am grappling with the left over reverberation, such as how this has all impacted my parents and family. They have been marked and hurt by the process and sometimes hurt for me in what could have been. It is sometimes unspoken and more with a knowing sigh or glance. Pandora's box has been opened and there is no going back to how it was before IF invaded our lives. It has left a hole and there is no undoing of that want and dream of a child my own. That chapter in my life has closed and the loss is still felt.
But, there are new chapters yet to be written and a child could still be a possibility. There is a chance that a new dream of a new child could be born. However, until that time, I am in a space of in between where I must find a way to live in the present.
And it is in this space of in between that I am trying to find peace and happiness and freedom.
So, where do I look for support? It is a really, really small niche in the IF community. As of yet, I have only really found two other blogs where a person was once married and dealing with IF and got divorced and were still of an age to be able to conceive a child potentially. One stopped her blog shortly thereafter and the other remarried, but then her life quickly took a turn as she faced breast cancer. This second blog has been very validating for me in a retrospective kind of way before the writer learned of her illness. And she continues to be inspiring in framing what is most important in life. Her situation made her have to get off the IF roller coaster. Then how she documented her journey put things in a different perspective. Her blog also helped me through my mom's treatments for breast cancer as the blogger was a few steps ahead of my mom in her treatments and it kind of prepared me for what was next. lt helped me to focus on my current blessings and helped me find clarity in prioritizing what I want in my life.
So, I continue to look for ways to help me deal with the current childlessness in my life because if I do not, I may get stuck in my sadness and grief. I need to find a way to live my life now and be happy. The places I find myself more so lately are the blogs of those living childfree. Perhaps there is something for me to learn from them to help me manage during this chapter in my life. It is not that I am giving up hope on having a child, just trying to find a way to peaceably live until it may be time to dream that dream.