April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately two and a half years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 34: Empowerment
When I recently searched for synonyms for the word control, I found the following terms: manage, organize, run, have power over, be in command of, direct, cope, supervise. Immediately, I realize I feel most at ease when I am effectively coping with life’s daily challenges, managing my workload efficiently and keeping organized. Although I may not admit I like to be in control, I like to be in control! (I am sure my husband is nodding his head as he reads this.)
Since navigating through fertility treatment can leave me feeling as if very little is within my control, finding ways to feel personally empowered is important. In order to establish and maintain that feeling, I ask questions – many, many questions when I am with the doctor or acupuncturist, empowering myself at the fertility center.
Achieving that sense of satisfaction and empowerment can sometimes be a creative and engaging process, too. For example, I try to be inventive and diligent at work. Having my own classes allows for me to use my management and creativity skills, empowering myself at work. Exercising empowers me by invigorating my spirit and energy. We are currently remodeling everything from the floors to the closet in our office, making me feel empowered at home. Even though there is one specific area in which we feel out of control, we certainly can feel empowered to take charge of other aspects of our lives.
Many couples feel frustrated, alone and out of control during fertility treatment, but learning communication and coping strategies helps both members of a couple feel empowered and in charge. Kristen Magnacca will be offering her Love and Infertility workshop this coming Saturday at the CNY Syracuse location. My husband and I have attended three of her workshops. We always leave knowing there will be an end to this journey and that our marriage is able to survive this challenge. I would encourage you to attend this workshop. Whether you are attending one of Kristen’s workshops for the first time or as a refresher, you will leave with coping strategies and a refreshed outlook. For those of you who are shy and have yet to attend a workshop, do not worry. Kristen will make you feel comfortable and does an excellent job of meeting each individual’s and couple’s needs. Not to mention, Kristen has been through the challenges of infertility herself and has made it to the other side. Her stories and strategies are relevant and effective.
Whatever you do to empower yourself, my intention for you is that you achieve a sense of control and satisfaction.
Peace and blessings,
April all Year
Below are links to April’s past articles in case you missed any of them: