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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: M.K. Shaw's Story

Meet Our Contributors: M.K. Shaw's Story

Meet our Through, Not Around Essay Contributors: Introducing M.K. Shaw! 

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

It’s the same reason why I got the tattoo which is the starting point of my piece. I used to carry the grief of my losses in my body (sharp pain in the lower left side of my belly, to be precise). Now that I put my story “out there”, it remains an important part of who I am and what I’ve experienced, but I no longer have to carry it. My story now lives outside of my body and I could let go of that pain.

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

Yes, I have found writing to be a healing process in that it allows me to look back at my life with more compassion. It also allows me a different perspective and sometimes new awareness. This was definitely the case with writing this piece.

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

Writing is my biggest passion these days, which has contributed to my long standing obsession with pens and notebooks.

4) What is your favourite quote?

“I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful. If not, it can't be helped.” (Fritz Perls)

M.K. Shaw

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