Jill at Infertility Unexplained wrote about the need for empathy in relation to infertility in this post.
This is my favorite part about what she wrote:
"If I have to give you an analogy to make you understand my experience then you are not listening, nor are you trying to engage me with empathy."This is so true and what has been so hurtful to me when it comes to my friends and family. Why is it so hard for you to understand my pain? And if it really is hard to understand, is it that hard to try to understand?
I'll explain it all day long if I need to. If you will just listen. I don't need you to try to fix the situation. I don't need you to be my doctor. I don't need to know that you don't understand because it was easy for you. If you can't relate to me, you're not trying hard enough.
I think empathy is the key to world peace. There. I solved it.