Like so many others, I am excited to have read and to discuss Navigating the Land of IF: Understanding Infertility and Exploring Your Options as this selection of the Barren Bi+ches Book Brigade.
Why? Two reasons. One: the author is my friend Melissa Ford; and Two: it’s a damn good book. My exile on the island of Infertility and my odyssey back to the mainland would have been much more bearable had I had this straight-talking, informative, humorous and compassionate travel guide.
I endured infertility in solitude and in shame. Little did I know that there were so many others in the same boat. I thought I was the only unlucky one at the time.
People today don’t have to go it alone. There is someone to show them the way, a fabulous guidebook to answer questions, help prepare mentally, physically, emotionally and financially, and to ease anxiety.
Here are my selected questions and answers. For more depth, see my interview with Melissa here.
I was amazed at how much WAS covered in such a compact guide.
The topic I most wish had been available to me during my time on the island was the advice about the hysterosalpingogram. I definitely should have insisted on getting some Vali.um beforehand.
Did you read the book from front to back, or did you turn immediately to a certain chapter? If so, which chapter? Are there any chapters that you purposely avoided?
I opened up to “my” chapter, Chapter 9, right away because it’s about the neighborhood I am most familiar with, The Adoption Option.
I considered just skimming the rest of the book. After all, I was not going to go through any of the other neighborhoods (treatments, donor gametes, living childfree) in this lifetime, so why bother?
But in the skimming, I was drawn in by Mel’s wit and compassion. She’s magnetic. I read every word.
If you are a reader of Melissa’s blog, did you find the book to be a same or different style and why?
Same style, which is why I couldn’t put it down.