Thanksgiving Gratitude, Despite Infertility

As Thanksgiving approaches, the time for gratitude becomes more present in our daily lives. Some are taking a 21-day gratitude challenge while others are sharing gratitude by posting online like Lisa Rosenthal, the Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications at the Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut.
“It's easier to be grateful than to try to figure out why bad things happen to good people,” Rosenthal writes. “Why do men and women who want so much to have babies have so much trouble? Why do some women who struggle through fertility treatment end up hyperstimulating and feeling so awful? The age old question, ‘why do 16-year-olds who don't want to become pregnant end up that way?’

Cultivating Gratitude: How Do We Respond?

Cultivating gratitude is a lot easier than answering those questions. Or any of the questions associated with them.
Is life inherently unfair and impossible to understand?
Is looking at things to be grateful for and seeing the good in everything possible?
Do those two questions negate each other?
It seems like most of us spend some time with each of those questions at some point or another. Me, I find that I vacilate between the two of them on any given day.”
Rosenthal has over twenty-five years in the fertility field including with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and the American Fertility Association and finished her gratitude post with a 10 minute talk by Louie Schwartzberg at TEDx San Francisco which she described as “beautiful and uplifting and a great reminder that the littlest things in our days can shift and transform how we are feeling.”