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16% of Canadians will experience infertility in some way, shape or form. 

This is a space where we will share their stories, to let others know they are not alone, and to let the healing begin. 

Meet Our Contributors: Lauren's Story

Meet Our Contributors: Lauren's Story

Meet our (Through, Not Around Essay Collection) Contributors:

Lauren's essay is a wonderful narrative that weaves in, out, and around running, and how it affected her while trying to conceive. Thank you for your beautiful words and interesting perspective, Lauren! We are so happy to have your essay included in our book.

*Through, Not Around is available for pre-order now on Amazon or Indigo and will be available in print on February 19, 2019.*

1) Why did you decide to share your story in Through, Not Around and with the 16 Percent community?

When I was receiving infertility treatment, I talked about it openly, and time and again I head from women who told me they were in the same boat, or had been. The same thing happened when I had a miscarriage. So it made sense to me to share further through this project!

2) Has writing about your experience helped you heal in any way? What have you learned through this experience so far?

I absolutely did not give my miscarriage the mental space for grief that it needed. This essay definitely helped me come to terms with my grief and to see my miscarriage as part of my life's journey.

3) Tell us more about you. What are your hobbies/passions/pursuits?

Obviously running (my piece in the book reflects this). I'm training for my "comeback" marathon in October. I'm also passionate about social justice and involved in anti-racism work locally, and equity work with my union.

4) What is your favourite quote?

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." - Haruki Muraki, WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING

Lily's Story

Lily's Story

Meet Our Contributors: Meaghan's Story

Meet Our Contributors: Meaghan's Story