Hope is essential.

When dealing with infertility, it’s almost as vital as patience.  In my latest episode, author Sue Johnston talks about her book ‘Detours – Unexpected journey’s of hope conceived from infertility’
In Detours you will hear the stories of nine  friends who have collectively experienced practically every setback and form of reproductive technology available.  They all met through RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and are planning to donate a potion of the proceeds from Detours to RESOLVE.  

The group share their lessons learned such as:

  • navigate the infertility maze
  • cope with the stress of treatment
  • balance your career and infertility
  • gain support when you need it most
  • view your challenges through a different lens
  • hold on to hope against all odds
  • find your resolution and regain happiness
In our chat Sue explains about her husband Robert and his struggle with his desire to be a Navy Captain and become a Dad. Her’s an exert from his chapter:  The Balancing Act: Career Versus Infertility by CAPT Robert E. Johnston, USN (Retired)
 

Captain Robert Johnston

“One of the most difficult parts of our journey was that my wife, Sue and I approached problems fundamentally differently. I am an engineer. I like to know how things work and I like to fix things. I think that many men, given a problem that affects their partners, want to fix it. As we went deeper down the infertility rabbit hole, I tried to learn the science behind all of the procedures and pharmaceuticals that were discussed by doctors and at our RESOLVE meetings. In many respects, I approached infertility like I’d approach a math problem or car troubles. I tried to tack the problem analytically. 
Sue, however, functions on a more emotional level. I struggled with knowing what to say or how to help. During these extremely difficult times, Sue needed more emotional support from me and less fixing. “
Sue is also working as the infertility advocate and you can follow her on twitter