Circle of Hope:
CNY Fertility Center strives to offer different opportunities to maintain and nurture positive thinking. Circle of Hope gathers each month to share not only a meal together but the opportunity to share ones thoughts, feelings, and experiences with the fertility journey. It’s amazing to see how people are able to offer helpful tools to those who are looking for ways to cope and remain positive.
Joining a group and discussing your infertility may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you realize you seek assistance in building your family. Many people may want to hide away and not admit to the challenges, rather try to battle with it in their own time and at their own pace. It can be hard coming to grips with health problems, especially fertility when you have always assumed everything would be OK and you would have a baby quickly and easily when you planned to.
Some people who have participated in support groups say the experience gave them an emotional connection when they felt isolated from friends and family. A group can provide and share information ranging from infertility research and new medications/cycles to how a person can cope during treatment. People involved say this exchange of information is one of the most valuable elements of participating in a support group.
In addition, support groups offer people the opportunity to release powerful emotions they may otherwise keep to themselves. Health care professionals say support groups can improve ones mood and decrease psychological distress.
It’s as though Circle of Hope has become a quilt. Each individual is a thread supporting and adding strength to one another. It’s amazing to see how individuals come together and become one, each offering support, suggestions, and ideas for those looking for guidance. If you have never been to a Circle of Hope gathering, please join us and not only feel welcomed but also part of a beautiful quilt.
Eileen Clark, Circle of Hope Coordinator
CNY Fertility Center, Latham, NY
Circle of Hope Meetings at all CNY Fertility Center locations for April are below:
Monday, April 12th, 5:30-7pm, Syracuse – CNY Fertility Reception Area
*RSVP to Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, April 13th, 6-7:30pm, Latham – CNY Fertility Reception Area
*RSVP to Eileen at email@example.com
Tuesday, April 20th, 5:30-7pm, Rochester – CNY Fertility Reception Area
*RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org