Jjiraffe just posted her second installment of her Faces of Adoption/Loss/Infertility series. This time she shares the story of Sarah, from A Child To Call Me Mama — who after battling Stage IV endometriosis and the loss of her right ovary and tube, as well as years of heartache, finally ends up with a happy ending. Please go and read this story. Jjiraffe is trying to get over 1,000 visits to this piece in hopes that the real story behind adoption, loss and infertility can be heard. Even if you’re not a direct part of this community – even more so! – please take the time to read it:
And after you’ve done that, if you haven’t yet read the first installment of the series (featuring yours truly), you can do so here. With this piece, a whole shift in my way of thinking changed. She gave me something I had been trying to achieve ever since my first devastating loss. I only hope her most recent piece has a similar effect on Sarah, because that’s what sharing these stories from her amazing series can do — they can heal hearts. They have the power to make those women going through this in the dark feel less alone. They can make those that have no experience in loss or infertility, finally understand what it’s like. Women who have gone through something like this can finally get the compassion they need.
So what are you waiting for? Go read it.
And now for another woman who is making a difference in our little corner of the universe: Keiko Zoll of Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed and Words Empowered. A little while ago I entered a contest she was having as a way to promote her new launch of Words Empowered. I won the “Follow Your Passion Prize Pack” and it couldn’t have come at a better time. This morning Tim calls me from the post office asking if I can meet him at our gate because he has something I might want. And this was what I discovered inside the package:
What a nice surprise to get today! I am so excited to delve into these books and fill the pages of the journal (the photo above). Keiko is an incredible advocate for the people in the ALI community. She is a force to be reckoned with….who, coincidentally, is just who you want on your side when you’re battling this hell that is ALI. And next month she will be launching The Infertility Voice, what looks to be an online resource center for infertility. I’d go ahead and bookmark that right now, because knowing Keiko, it’s going to be incredible.
Case in point – this is the note she inscribed to me in one of the books:
” Live w/ abandon.
Live w/ joy & honor.
Live like it matters.”
– Keiko Zoll
Doesn’t she sound like someone you want to follow? I feel so honored to “know” both of these women, Jjiraffe and Keiko, one in real life and one from this community of ours. They are the women giving us a voice when we have trouble finding our own. They are the ones giving us the energy to fight and make our stories heard. They are the ones that we want leading us through this place we never wanted to be. We’re so lucky to have them.
Thank you, Jjiraffe and Keiko, for everything you’ve done and for everything I know you will continue to do. You rock.