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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

People often ask me what kind of event I’m having or planning to have for NATIONAL INFERTILITY SURVIVAL DAY® each year. The answer varies. There have been years when I’ve teamed up with infertility specialists, other authors and health care professionals to offer advice and encouragement to hundreds of people at a time. There have been times when I’ve joined with local vendors to raffle off gifts to those who need a lift. There have been book signings and giveaways.

But the truth is, NATIONAL INFERTILITY SURVIVAL DAY®, which celebrates its first decade next year, is more conceptual than it is event-driven, although it can be that, too.

Like a happening.
Like a Yoko Ono for infertile families. Not the Yoko who in the eyes of some, (still after all these years), is the chick who messed up The Beatles. No. The Yoko who self-published a conceptually compelling book — Grapefruit for those who don’t know — available on Amazon.com (4.5 stars as of this writing). Who, like it or not, made people think differently about all kinds of things. 

Think differently about infertility. Think differently about adoption.

Think differently about what might be by this time next year.

How would you like to celebrate possibilities on May 4, 2014?


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Word on the web: 

"Very funny, brutally honest, on the mark and well written, Barna gave the world a gift when she wrote this book!"

"I have found this book to be very helpful in supporting and dealing with the emotions of my spouse as we go through our IVF journey. The book really helped me understand the delicate emotions of someone experiencing infertility and how comments like "relax", "stop worrying about it", etc. actually do more harm than help. As a result, I am much more supportive in this IVF cycles than I have been in other cycles because I changed the focus of my comments and have avoided saying the wrong thing." 

"I would recommend this book to anyone who is having difficulties getting pregnant, starting treatment, or have been through treatments to read this book. It really helped me. My husband and I went through 1 1/2 years of treatment before taking a break to get back our lives. When we decided to start back TTC after a year of nothing I bought this book and read it cover to cover in one day. It gave me the emotional strength to start over again. We are still in the process but whenever I feel down on myself I just pick the book up (which I keep next to my bed!) and read a few pages it helps me to focus and get my head back to being me and not about the problems! It helped me laugh at the treatments, my husband, and myself again!" 

"A truly excellent book. It is funny, sad, deep, and very touching."




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All best,
Beverly Barna