Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Power of Community

I have been blogging for just under one year and I am constantly amazed at the beautiful people online who provide community for one another.

You have met Luc already. You didn't know that his parents had great difficulty conceiving. With medical assistance his parents have a healthy and happy 2 yr old girl as well as Luc.

As someone who dreams of having her own children I would like to share this with you. I have been reading
Starfish's blogs and feel a strong connection to her. In her honour I share this excerpt with you that she posted from another blog (the title will link you directly to the original post at The Stirrup Queen's site):

Please note: This is an excerpt from another blog - it is not me speaking! I apologize for any confusion.

'For anyone who has ever had a miscarriage, struggled with pregnancy, and all things infertile...there is a movement upon us that you might want to join. It's rather simple actually: a discreet ribbon on your right wrist to signal to others that they are not alone in their struggles.

As someone who has had 5 m/c but am currently 5 months pregnant (YEAH), I wonder who looks at my big belly with sadness because they are in the month-to-month struggle. I mentioned to a friend that I wished there was some secret nod or international sign as if to say, this belly was hardwon. Well, she posted this quandary on her blog ( and the response has been quite overwhelming...and a movement has been born!

The pomegranate-colored thread holds a two-fold purpose: to identify and create community between those experiencing infertility as well as create a starting point for a conversation. Women pregnant through any means, natural or A.R.T., families created through adoption or surrogacy, or couples trying to conceive during infertility or secondary infertility can wear the thread, identifying themselves to others in this silent community. At the same time, the string serves as a gateway to conversations about infertility when people inquire about its purpose. These conversations are imperative if we are ever to remove the social stigma attached to infertility.Tie on the thread because you’re not alone. Wear to make aware. Join us in starting this conversation about infertility by purchasingthis pomegranate-coloured thread (#814 by DMC) at any craft, knitting, or variety store such as Walmart or Target. Tie it on your right wrist. Notice it on others. Just thought I would pass the word along!'
Quote from: Stirrup Queens (blogspot) - September 2006

If you would like to do something you can post a link to the Pomegranate Bracelet on your blog.

* I promise, I promise to have some knitting pics up tomorrow night. I really have been knitting!

If you have a young person you like to read to, try this book: Ruby Lu, Brave & True

It is laugh out loud funny, it's sweet, you'll learn some Mandarin and...the girl's father KNITS! Knits fabulous things like magic capes for all the children in their Seattle neighbourhood.

We talked (Out of School Care Group) about people we know that knit and the list was quite long. At the end of our chat one of the boys said "And Michelle. We all know you! We can't forget your knitting." The little charmer.

Posted by Miss Scarlett @ 4:52 AM

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Nice blog Michelle, thanks for the information. Gotta love that little boy, he is obviously a little besotted with you!

Posted by Blogger Cynthia @ 9:48 AM #

Hey thanks for the shout out! The blog world is certainly a very special place, I am so grateful to have made so many positive connections. Thanks for being a part of my support community!

p.s. just to be clear the excerpt you posted, is an excerpt I posted from the Stirrup Queens blog. I didn't come up with the pomegranate thread idea, but I wish I had!

Posted by Blogger Starfish @ 10:38 AM #

The things we learn about each other in time. I had no idea of all of this and that you are now 5 mths pregnant. I am one that had a baby young, I got very very sick after her birth, then a few years later would continously have several surgeries to remove fibroid tumors and damaged tubes. That mean't no babies. My husband and I celebrate today 17 yrs that we have been together.
So many of my friend's could never have a baby or had to do invetro. It's so many of them that I guess I accepted it as the norm.

Posted by Blogger KnitPastis @ 6:09 AM #

Oh dear - no I am not pregnant. This was an excerpt from another site!
I had better edit the post so it is clearer.
I apologize.

Posted by Blogger Miss Scarlett @ 2:01 PM #

Thanks for posting this site info! I'm really finding it useful!!

Posted by Blogger Shelby @ 3:02 PM #
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