Sunday, July 16, 2017

Review: Navigating the Road of Infertility

Navigating the Road of Infertility Navigating the Road of Infertility by Chrissie Lee Kahan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am someone who had zero experience with infertility personally. I don't even have close friends or family who have dealt with the issue so I opened this memoir completely ignorant. The struggle this couple endured just trying to get to the point where conception would be possible was almost beyond comprehension. That pressure compounded with devastation month after month when their efforts failed could have been fatal for their marriage. Not so for Chrissie and Aaron. They realized that a family didn't necessarily have to be created the old fashioned way and off they went down the yellow brick road to the foster care system.

Now here is where I do have some experience, or rather, a close family member has the experience. What I do know from her trials is that what Chrissie and Aaron witnessed is portrayed entirely accurately, unfortunately. You might think there is no way those sort of backhanded, irresponsible bordering on dangerous things would be allowed to happen in the United States but you would be wrong. Those girls were victims of that system and just one example of many. I've often wondered how any child in the foster care system grows up to be a productive member of society.

In the end, Chrissie and Aaron faced their devastating losses with dignity and poise, choosing to focus on the positives. It's not the happy ending the reader hopes for but it's real and honest.

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