The article covered so many themes:
- extreme life events are threatening
- loss of one's identity
- psychological stress due to culture's definitions of what is valuable
- being in limbo (those with chronic illness)
- the power of social support.
But one of the most relevant parts was when the author discussed the phases of resilience. I'm paraphrasing but here's the idea real quick. First, there is an acute phase, when all of one's energy is going to the situation. Then there is the reorganization phase, when one begins to accept the new reality. And then there is the rest of one's life. That's it. That's how trauma and crisis goes in a nutshell.
I suppose my experience wasn't totally acute. Acute means short-term and I dealt with infertility over a more long-term period of time. But still. It was a million little acute responses to a chronic condition until I reached my personal point of exhaustion.
It's so interesting to me how much recovery and rehabilitation from all sorts of physical and mental health conditions have so many similarities. It is shocking-not-shocking at the lack of infertility being any part of the conversation in the articles and textbooks I read as a future medical professional.
But I really like it when I read something that describes what I just went through. I think that's why the phases of resilience resonated with me so much.
- acute response
- live the rest of my life