So, what does it mean? It means that at times I wear my heart on my sleeve. At times I feel so strongly about things I can’t even bring myself to write about them. When I do finally get up the courage to write about said topics, I feel as though I’m bleeding across the page, the computer screen, so to speak. At the same time, I need an outlet for my feelings on these subjects, as difficult as it may be. I need to express myself. By now you may be asking yourself what topics I am referring to above. They include, but are not limited to:
Infertility – You’d think I’d have it all figured out by now – after 20 years. I found out about my infertility when I was 10 years old and still playing with dolls. I’ve always wanted to be a Mom first and foremost. To my parents’ credit, they were pretty much forced to tell me at that point. I greatly respect the fact that they knew they had to tell me the truth. Just when I think I’ve dealt with it and accepted all that it means, it comes flooding back into my life in unexpected ways. I start back at square one. I want to write a series about my personal experiences so other young women won’t make the same mistakes I made or feel alone. I’m just not there yet. I wish we would actually discuss infertility in relation to Turner Syndrome, but it seems almost taboo, or at least it was when I was growing up. It angers me. We need to treat infertility as a disease, not fertility or short stature.
Motherhood – There are a whole separate set issues surrounding Motherhood I’d love to address here. Biology alone does not make you a Mom.
Sexuality and Turner Syndrome – I’ve tried to discuss these issues in the past here, but there is so much left unsaid. Again, I don’t want young women with Turner Syndrome – or similar issues – to feel alone. It doesn’t help that the medical profession doesn’t always get it right or that there is still so much wrong information out there.
Reproductive Rights – The entire conversation around reproductive rights going on today absolutely disgust me. While we shouldn’t be telling anyone what to do with their bodies, there are boundaries and we as a society need to support families – Moms, Dads, and kids. Why can’t we respect each other and face the fact that not everyone can create a family easily?
Marriage – To marry or not to marry, that is the question. I haven’t answered that just yet. I love the idea of marrying Brian. I just don’t like all of the questions and nosiness that comes with it. And then there is religion…
Religion – I have so many issues with organized religion that I’m unsure of exactly what I believe anymore. The entire situation surrounding the conversation on reproductive rights has done nothing to resolve anything. It has only served to portray the Catholic Church in a harsh light. How am I supposed to support any organized religion when they appear so unsympathetic to anyone who doesn’t fit the mold? The article below is a perfect example.
- Third time’s a charm(er): Mom with Turner syndrome has baby (russelllindsey.wordpress.com)
- March 12, 2012 ~ Favorite Posts, Turner Syndrome, Etc. (russelllindsey.wordpress.com)
- Turner Syndrome In Pop Culture (russelllindsey.wordpress.com)
- A Personal Rant (russelllindsey.wordpress.com)
- Guest Post: Hypia Sanches (russelllindsey.wordpress.com)
- Younger people seek help for infertility (kshb.com)
- National Infertility Week: How You Can Support a Friend Dealing With Infertility (clutchmagonline.com)
- The Condition by Jennifer Haigh (bookjourney.wordpress.com)