Chanukah was a few weeks ago, Christmas is tomorrow, and Kwanzaa starts on Wednesday. Holiday cheer is in the air, and much of America has already or will be celebrating at least one of these winter holidays.
Whichever holiday you celebrate, I hope you have moments of joy and happiness, along with friendship and family togetherness. And the same goes to those not celebrating any of the above holidays, of course!
If you find yourself struggling with depression or anxiety, now or at any time of year, you should know that you are not alone. As much as we talk about the winter holidays as a time of celebration, if you're struggling with your fertility or any health problems, or feeling the loss or lack of children more at this time, it's understandable.
You shouldn't suffer alone. Please speak to someone, find a friend or family member you can confide in. Do something to cheer yourself up for at least one day, and if you have been feeling depressed for weeks or months, please seek out professional help. Just because depression among the fertility challenges is common, it doesn't mean you should just accept it.
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