Wednesday, February 10, 2010

More IF Spokespeople in the Media

Good for Celine Dion in coming forward and discussing IF, especially given how hard that is while being in the midst of treatment.  I can't imagine relinquishing that much privacy during that time.  Here's hoping that one more person stepping forward will pull the taboo on IF down another notch.

(however, I must add that I find it a little ironic that the article on the cover of People magazine is entitled 'my private heartbreak'. Sweetie, it's not so private anymore!)

6 comments:

Sarang said...

Thanks for sharing this, Shel.

My younger sister adores (and I mean idolizes) Celine, so, selfishly for me, I hoped my sis (who knows about our 1st IVF and that we are on our way to our 2nd), would also understand IF through her fave celeb's eyes. And while my sis is very empathetic, ironically, I hoped THIS celeb's story would "normalize" it even more for her.

So...I read a few of the comments made to that People and had to stop myself. Sometimes the ignorance and closed-mindedness is just too much. Live and let live.

banditgirl said...

Wow. I am the opposite of Sarang's sister as Celine has never been on the top of my pop chart, but this somehow makes me like her. We need more of these people to speak out! Go, Celine!

Shelby said...

Haha, yeah I started to read the comments on People's website, too and could feel my blood pressure sky rocket, so for the sake of not stroking out, I stopped.

It's really surprising to me in reading the comments that it actually seems to be people who already have kids that tend to get IF and a couple's pursuit for children the least, when you'd think that they would understand it more as they already have something worth fighting for. We just happen to be fighting for it before the fact. I guess they take their lives for granted? Ok, topic for another blog post and another day. Rant off.

Ashley said...

OK, so I'm glad you mentioned this...

I saw the people cover and read the snipit on the People site, BUT it did not match the interview she had with Oprah just this week. On Oprah, she almost tried to ignore and abandon her feelings and act like everything was okay. So the title of the People article and seeing that interview really threw me for a loop. While I appreciate her "coming out," I would have much preferred her to be emotional over all of her struggles than pretend all is okay and the feelings and outcomes of all the procedures aren't a big deal.

THAT frustrated me. She made it look like IVF was a breeze on the Oprah interview and that her feelings were very laissez faire about the whole topic.

Shelby said...

Darn, now I'm not so thrilled that I gave a shout out to Celine Dion. I didn't see her Oprah interview and am disappointed she plastered on a smiley face. :(

Pamela said...

I also thought the "private heartbreak" line ironic given that she's been talking about infertility since before her son was born...

BTW: congrats on your big upcoming national TV debut. Having come out of the infertility closet myself, I can say it feels good to raise awareness -- each voice makes couples feel less alone. well done.