“God has a plan; you just need to trust in it.”

Infertility is God’s plan? Welp, considering I’m not convinced “he” exists at all, this one is a problem for me, and I’m sure many others as well.

Luckily, most of my close friends know which side of the religion fence I stand on and don’t even try to go the Jesus route. They’re good like that.

The best analogy I’ve read about this little tidbit was comparing it to unemployment. When someone loses their job, they don’t chalk it up to “God’s plan” and sit at home twiddling their thumbs, waiting for God to drop wonderful job opportunities on their doorstep. Nope, they painstakingly polish up their resume, go out to CareerBuilder, and start applying.

In conjunction with the government’s Federal Infertility Assistance plan, Miller launches its latest product line.

I never really thought about the parallels between job hunting and infertility, but they can be pretty damn similar.

  • Both are an emotional rollercoaster.
  • While you can certainly prepare yourself for success, when it comes down to it, you have no control over the final outcome.
  • It can take a really, really long time.
  • People give you crappy advice that doesn’t really apply to you — “You should print your resume in full color and deliver it with a large pizza!” / “Have you tried putting your legs in the air?
  • Both can cause sadness and depression.

One HUGE difference that can’t be ignored: when you are having trouble finding a baby in your uterus, the government doesn’t provide you with 65% of a baby to tide you over until you conceive.

Something to remember, though — just because you have faith in God’s plan doesn’t mean you can convince the struggling woman in front of you to do the same. She might just be fed up with baby-making and has lost all hope. Or she may be Buddhist, atheist, or any other “ist” that means she doesn’t share your idea of God. Your own faith is just that — your own, and may or may not also be mine.

Why stop now? Keep reading, friend.

  • October 22, 2012 For the Birds All summer long, I looked forward to my maternity leave. Now that it's over, I've decided that this working mother stuff is for the birds.
  • December 11, 2011 An Infertility Christmas Newsletter All Christmas letters, if they're being honest, should extoll the good AND the bad. Mine tries to do just that.
  • “Will someone PLEASE give me a shot in the ass? Please?!?!”September 14, 2011 “Will someone PLEASE give me a shot in the ass? Please?!?!” An unadvertised "Joy of Infertility" -- finding someone willing to stick a needle in your booty for hormone injections. When I had to spend a night in Chicago for work, I suddenly found myself without a shot-giver. Finding one was a huge […]
  • My most humiliating infertility momentNovember 23, 2011 My most humiliating infertility moment You can take the girl out of the city, but no matter where I go, infertility consumes most of my waking-hour thoughts. Recently, I experienced the WORST embarrassing moment yet in my infertility journey. It's going to haunt me for life.
  • Can I get a T-shirt with that?October 2, 2011 Can I get a T-shirt with that? A list of IVF/Infertility funny T-shirts, compliments of an infertility blog I found. My fave: "I went through IVF and all I got was this lousy T-shirt." Now, I need to find the place that SELLS it!