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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Red String

For anyone who has ever had a miscarriage, struggled with pregnancy, and all things infertile...there is a movement upon us that you might want to join. It's rather simple actually: a discreet string on your right wrist to signal to others that they are not alone in their struggles.

As someone who has had 4 miscarriages in 8 years of trying before having my IVF twins, I wonder who looks at my family with sadness because they are in the month-to-month struggle. Another blogger who has struggled with infertilty and is now pregnant mentioned to a friend that she wished there was some secret nod or international sign as if to say, this belly was hardwon. Well, she posted this quandary on her blog and the response has been quite overwhelming...and a movement has been born!

The pomegranate-colored thread holds a two-fold purpose: to identify and create community between those experiencing infertility as well as create a starting point for a conversation. Women pregnant through any means, natural or A.R.T., families created through adoption or surrogacy, or couples trying to conceive during infertility or secondary infertility can wear the thread, identifying themselves to others in this silent community. At the same time, the string serves as a gateway to conversations about infertility when people inquire about its purpose. These conversations are imperative if we are ever to remove the social stigma attached to infertility.Tie on the thread because you’re not alone. Wear to make aware. Join us in starting this conversation about infertility by purchasingthis pomegranate-coloured thread (#814 by DMC) at any craft, knitting, or variety store such as Michaels or Target. Tie it on your right wrist. Notice it on others. Just thought I would pass the word along!

Here's my red string, which is actually a small red bracelet my daughter made for me out of the pomegranite red thread. I love it and never take it off.


Lastly, we have a graphic people can add to their side bars in order to get the word out (and create a link to this post or a similar one so people understand what Infertility's Common Thread is about). Feel free to take and place on your blog or create your own in order to get the word out to others.



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3 Comments:

Blogger The Town Criers said...

Thank you so much for posting this!

24/10/06 9:48 PM  
Blogger gordaboo said...

Thank you for this. As a very good friend of mine is going thru this struggle, I will wear one in honor of her and let her know of the movement.

26/10/06 12:47 AM  
Blogger Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

It is so important for people to realize how prevalent infertility is in our society.

27/10/06 3:11 PM  

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