First it is hard for me to write truthfully my thoughts about this book as I appreciate the strength it takes for someone to share her/his uncensored journey. Who really wants to critique someone's diary?! But I do think this book is right for the right person, it just wasnt for me.
I am 29, found PCOS at 23, explored fertility issues the first year after marriage, stop the process for life changes, and have recently picked them up again. 4 months later, 2 failed timed intercourse, 2 failed IUI's, we are just beginning our first IVF....just half way thru the 21 day pills. This is to say why the book wasnt for me. I was searching for a book, diary, article, essay something that I could really grasp a hold of to help me understand the feelings I was having and how to express them. I was also looking for kind of what was ahead--not medically, but more emotionally, physically, psychologically and/or spiritually.
I found this book, not to be so "RAW" as in the pop sense of juicy, behind the scenes , jaw dropping read. Instead, I found this book to be factual, and a bit dry. I really had to keep myself from drowning in the muck in order to keep my own self hopeful. I read it in one day. It was another woman's journey of failed attempts and finally success--well what if that success doesnt happen for me? What's next? I am not in my 40's, we are not looking at egg donors, and we cant afford multiple cycles. Her journey is everything my isnt/cant be.
I can see how this would be a well read for someone that is looking to know that they are not alone...but really you can find that for free on many blogs and forums today. Basically, if you are the one going thru IVF then you know everything she is writing about, the ups and downs, the doubts, the fears, everything. This would probably be more helpful to curious family members that want to know what is involved than to someone going thru it.
A few key elements:
1). My favorite and most helpful was the poem found in Chapter 7
2). The real life 9/11 story worth a read, humorous with a pinch of reality.
3). All the intermissions were a nice break, useful and enjoyable to read.
4). Karen is quite diplomatic and pc about issues like religion and beliefs. Although towards the half end of the book she stopped typing God/dess and went to only Goddess which distracted me from the content as I was more interested in what this Goddess was rather than the fact of a higher being.
I appreciate her strength in sharing essentially her diary and I hope her book lands in the right hands. <3