|The Sunday BEFORE Mother's Day! 5/3/15. At Long Last, You Come First!! If only fertility could catch on like this: "Despite its prevalence, there is still as stigma associated with infertility, but as information spreads and more events start to pop up this time of year, that is changing. Beverly Barna is one of the pioneers of that change." Dahlia Kurtz, special to QMI agency, May 3, 2011 "While researching books to read for myself and review on my blog, I came across the book Infertilty Sucks! (Keeping It All Together When Sperm and Egg Remain Stubbornly Apart)by Beverly Barna. First of all, what a perfect title, second of all, as I was reading the synopsis I came across her idea for The National Infertility Survival Day. This got me really excited. Any excuse to celebrate, especially throwing a celebratory vibe to such hardship is a keeper in my book." Karianne, blogs.fertilitycommunity.com "It’s a common feeling among women diagnosed with infertility, and while many choose to keep their struggle private, others are banding together to bring attention to the issue. Beverly Barna, author of Infertility Sucks! Keeping It All Together When Sperm and Egg Stubbornly Remain Apart, is at the forefront of this effort, founding National Infertility Survival Day in the United States. It falls on the Sunday before Mother’s Day – a day when “infertile women can come first on the calendar,” she has said, a day designed to celebrate and support couples desperate to become parents." Dawna Macivor, Globe and Mail, May 10, 2012
What’s a girl to do with Mother’s Day imminent and no baby basking in a basinet or “bun” brewing in her proverbial “oven?”
It’s a question millions of infertile couples ask each year, while the rest of the country contemplates where to eat Mother’s Day brunch, says author Beverly Barna.
Her answer is NATIONAL INFERTILITY SURVIVAL DAY®, an annual holiday Barna founded to be celebrated on the first Sunday in May, the Sunday before Mother’s Day -- May 3, 2015 -- raising awareness of infertility and related issues.
To get the latest news and views on National Infertility Survival Day and other stuff from the holiday's founder, Beverly Barna, visit the home/author blog page at: www.infertilitysucks-the book.com.
“Celebrate who you are and what you do have,” Barna urges those struggling with infertility. “Eat chocolate – in bed! Have brunch. And don’t scrimp on the Bloody Marys – you’re only drinking for one!
“You don’t need to use Pampers in order to be pampered. I can’t think of anyone who deserves to be celebrated more than a woman who is in the throes of trying – time and again – to have a successful pregnancy.”
Barna should know. She struggled through five years of infertility treatments before adopting her daughter in China in 2001.
“Our story had a happy ending,” she says. “But those intervening years were brutal. I wish I had thought of this holiday five years ago. But it’s enough that I can spread some cheer for others now.”
Barna sees NATIONAL INFERTILITY SURVIVAL DAY® as a logical extension of her books, “Infertility Sucks! (Keeping it all together when sperm and egg stubbornly remain apart),” a humorous take on the infertility experience and our culture’s reaction to it, and "The Daughter of Dreams," which she penned to tell her family's story of hope and destiny.
Be proactive! Preempt Mother's Day Mania with a celebration of your own: Celebrate National Infertility Survival Day and reclaim the month of May and the weeks and months leading up to it. Thrive. Survive. Arrive. You. Are. Not. Alone. No thorns. Just roses.