Fear: Fertility Friend or Foe?

Mark Twain once said, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” People who succeed aren’t people who conquered fear, they’re people who faced fear. They’re people who were afraid and did it anyway.

Navigating the uncharted waters of infertility often means facing our fears–sometimes those fears that are the deepest, hidden away in the darkest places of our soul.

Courage in the face of fertility struggles is not being fearless–rather it is looking fear in the eye and stepping forward anyway. Whether that stepping forward means exploring options that may feel out of our comfort zone, or dipping our toes into the pond of acceptance so we may move forward from this place into another.

In life fear can be both our greatest friend and our greatest foe. If we allow fear to drive our decisions, to determine our path forward, then a truly grand foe fear can become. Yet if we see fear as though it is the red cape flashing before the bull, we can find the courage and strength to bulldoze through it.

Always follow your heart as you ponder the options placed before you on your fertility path. Follow the calling you feel deep down inside. See the fear that stands between you and that calling, yet also see the courage and determination you have been given to go through it. Only then will you make good friends of your fear, and only then will you find your feet walking down the path they were always meant to travel.

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