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Thursday, January 17, 2008

My Roar

First in the Infertility Series. Originally published September 2001.

This was not my favorite but it was the one that got the most positive response from the group members. Personally, I think it's kinda corny, little cheesy...might be a pretzel or two in there as well. So I am starting with this one so you don't have any really high expectations for the others.


Ladies, I have an announcement: I AM WOMAN. HEAR ME ROAR.

I’m proud of my gender. I am proud of the strength that combines with such compassion. I am as fierce in my devotion to my family as I am protective of them. I feel great sadness in knowing I have no children and I also have great hope. My hope does not lie with the wonders of medical advancements but with the knowledge that I am a woman and this is my roar:

Being a woman is more than gingham oven mitts and plates of cookies, hair curlers and lip gloss.

Being a woman is knowing I have a tremendous ability to change the world. It is not cleaning house. It is cleaning up a nation. The cleaning starts with raising a family.

My body has failed me but my heart does not. There are no logical reasons why I cannot conceive, no finger to point, and no blame to shoulder. Weak and susceptible, the body is only clay. The spirit of a woman is concrete.

I am woman. Hear me roar.

I roar in pain, for the heartbreak and suffering of my sisters worldwide. I roar in protection of my natural ability to love and care for others. I cry out in alarm at the degradation of the family as society tells me to abandon my dreams of children. I cry for joy at the sheer happiness that I am a woman. And I am not alone. The shouts and cries of my sisters are with me. Anguish and hope are roaring to the world. We will not go gently into that good night. We will rage, rage against the dying of the light. Women are told we are weak, but perhaps that is to keep us from discovering the immense strength inside. No one can deter a woman with hope. Nothing can stop a woman who knows who and what she is.

Cling to hope. Hold to the dream. And most importantly, tell the world.

You are woman. Let them hear you roar.


Kristie said...

Great article! I can't wait to read more!!! I wish I had a talent for writing like you do!!! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda said...

YOu are so talented in many areas!!!!

Amber said...

When we were struggling to get pregnant I felt so incredibly alone as a woman with fertility issues who'd already had a child without assistance. The internet was my friend in that time where it seemed that everyone I talked to had those same issues.

You're right, it's cheesy, but it's also spot on. (I'm trying out a new phrase).

So, when is good for you for lunch? Tomorrow? Next Saturday?

Debi said...

I guess all this roaring and writing was good for you....you sure do have two beautiful babies at your house!! :)

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