Why not talk about it?
This can be applied to a number of topics and issues at hand. While it seems like a very simple concept, there are some challenges that come with having a discussion. Sometimes, it’s a matter of finding the right words, time, or place, and at other times, it’s simply too difficult to simply talk about “it”, whatever it may be.
But not for the husband and wife team (as well as authors) Sandra and Octavian M. Braxton. On Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 12-2pm at the Smyrna Public Library, they are not only taking time to talk about their book which helps discuss and share some helpful insights on an area of concern, but it is one they are living with and not defined by, as it is their personal journey that is the topic of discussion.
Their book, Why Not Us: Our Story of Infertility, Loss, Pain, and Overcoming it with Love is their personal story of their marital and parental journey. It chronicles their 17 year bond, 12 of which focus on their attempts to become parents. In living with infertility, their story is not defined by the financial investment of trying to have a child (nearly $100,000 in medical expenses), the heartbreaks, let alone the trials and tribulations. It is more defined by their support and love for each other, their faith, and their readiness to share knowing there are others who are living with the same challenges.
“Infertility is a rising problem”, notes Ms. Braxton in our follow-up from February 18, 2016. “It is a subject that needs to be discussed”.
Living with infertility can potentially shake one’s self-worth and image, let alone their views on life. While moments happen, the chapters and discussions provided at the end of each chapter allow for reflection and improved understanding regardless of where an individual or couple is on their journey. Helping find perspective is an essential component of any challenge, especially when it comes to having children; through sharing their story, the Braxtons not only want to have a meaningful dialogue on such a topic across all demographics, but most importantly, let others know (who are living with infertility) they are not alone nor are they less than because of their inability to conceive.
It is suggested for those who are interested to pre-order a copy of their book for the discussion. Online purchases may be made through Amazon.
Joy and pain is more than just a song by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. It is part of one’s, let alone all of our lives. In sharing our stories, it provides an opportunity to learn, reflect, learn more, and ultimately, live a more full and complete live and help provide meaning and value to that of others.