I’m trying to get to that place where I can finally accept that this is my reality, that a miracle will not somehow happen but that in the end, I will be okay. I have, hopefully, a long life ahead of me, and if I keep being so miserable, it’s going to be very difficult and lonely. Everyday is a struggle emotionally and all the pent up emotions translate into everything being difficult physically as well. I’m trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so that I can say that I accept the life was given to me, and MOVE THE HELL ON!
That being said, for right now, it doesn’t seem to be working out so well. I’m depressed and sad. I used to love going work because it was an 8 hour escape from my constant loneliness at home (not due from my DH, but from myself and an empty home/heart) and major overthinking and analyzing, but now when I get to work, I find myself shutting down, angry and snappy. It doesn’t help me any more, & the fact that my co-worker is pregnant doesn’t help because it’s just another reminder of the life we will never have.
Ranting and raving to my friend last night, she made me realize that a lot of my sadness and anger are rooted in guilt. She doesn’t understand why I would have any guilty feeling about sadness over other people’s pregnancy, or about having to avoid mother’s day so as not to become a raving lunatic in public, or about not wanting to talk to anyone and keeping to myself. She says I should accept all of these feelings for what they are at 100%, to revel in them and if need be scream them off the rooftops so that I may able to feel no shame in my feelings and maybe help me let go. She said the people around me should understand my sadness, should be more considerate of my feelings before sharing all of their pregnancy announcements / kids stories etc. She said, if they don’t, SCREW THEM. I love her enthusiasm for what she feels is right and wrong, I wish that I could have that sense of self love and self worth, but what I do instead when faced with anything and everything that makes me even more horribly depressed is eat more, drink more and withdraw more into my shell.
I know that I need to, as she put it, accept that I made a choice, because she said, ” you had a choice, you could have adopted, you could have fostered, you could have left your husband to avoid the guilt of the feeling of robbing him of a family, but you chose none of the above, because that’s not what you want. So really, this is your life, accept what you can out of it, love yourself and move on”. Obviously the conversation was longer and deeper and had many more thoughtful and in-depth thoughts about life, guilt, grief and many other things that touch my life, but the theme was for me to try and let go of all the pressure I’ve added to myself on top of the obvious infertility.
What she said made sense to me, I know what needs to be done, a therapist is in my immediate future, I just hope that I manage to hold on to this glimmer of hope that I might be able to get over this seemingly unending cycle and start to enjoy this second part of my life and marriage in a healthier way.
I need all the help I can get.