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Faces of Adoption/Loss/Infertility

I thought it might be a good idea, since I am working on the latest one and I have some new readers, to highlight my collection of essays called Faces of Adoption/Loss/Infertility (or ALI) here in this post, all in one place. The series features three extraordinary women. I feel so incredibly privileged to have been able to write up and share their stories.

What is Faces of ALI? 1 in 8 people of child-bearing age in the United States is infertile. (Resolve) The physical and mental pain, the tremendous expenses involved to adopt or pursue treatments and the amazing journeys so many of us go on remain mostly untold to the greater public. I read so many unforgettable stories about incredible women going through ALI on hundreds of blogs, and I began to want to tell these stories. I thought if I wrote third-person essays about what it’s like to go through adoption, what it’s like to lose four pregnancies in a year and a half and what it’s like to have to live childfree/childless after your baby was born still; perhaps these essays could create a greater understanding among those who haven’t lived as 1 of the 8.

Where to begin:

Part 1: The Devastation of Pregnancy Loss: A Profile of Courtney Cheng

Part 2: Adoption: Sarah in Three Acts

Part 3: The Memory Keeper: Childless/Childfree After Loss and Infertility

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