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Julia Jeffress Sadler: Mother’s Day and infertility, the silent struggle

I remember my first Mother’s Day after having three miscarriages in less than a year. I was sitting on the front row of our megachurch, waiting for the inevitable recognition of all the mothers in the room. Since my husband and I had been so open about our miscarriages with our congregation, I knew I was not suffering in silence.
I also knew most people that day didn’t know how to act around me. I didn’t know how to act, either. Would I stand in acknowledgment of the fact that I was a mom even though all my babies were in heaven? Would I stay seated while feeling like I was betraying the little lives who had been but were no more? Was standing making some kind of statement? Was staying seated ignoring the reality that three little lives had been created and lost, were missed and not forgotten?
I knew that day I wasn’t alone. According to the CDC, 6.1 million women in the United States struggle with infertility. That means many women are contemplating and possibly
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