Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Common Thread

Almost one year ago I wrote this post. I had received a simple, yet thoughtful, braided red bracelet from Jenny.

This bracelet is the color of a pomegranate, which has long been a symbol for fertility. It's worn on your right wrist and is to help connect you with other wearers of the bracelet.

Have you ever seen motorcyclists wave to one another? Bus drivers? Accepted as a member of a mutual club, without even having to know one another? The same idea applies here. If you saw another woman in line at the grocery store, a knowing sympathetic glance could be shared and you wouldn't have to explain yourself, you would just be understood. Mutual struggles and appreciation for the tough road.

Please take a moment to visit the Stirrup Queens and read about The History of Infertility's Common Thread.

Last week my bracelet wore out. Honestly, I'm surprised it lasted the 11 months that it did. A real testimonial to the quality of Jenny's craftsmanship! Before I sit down to make myself a new one, I thought I would extend the offer to you as well. If you are interested in sporting one of these bracelets, I would love to make you one. An everyone's-a-winner of a giveaway. Simply email me your address and I will get one in the mail for you!

It's a crappy club we all belong to. No one wants to be a member, but here we are. If there is a way to show support to others out there suffering along with me, even through simply wearing a pomegranate colored bit of braided string, I'm going to do it. If that means making bracelets for all of you lovelies too? Done.

Send me an email, I'll send you a bracelet.


  1. I want one and I will pass on the word to all my followers as well. I think it's a wonderful idea. If there can be bracelets for cancer, AIDS and tolerance, then there can be one for us too.

    I'll e-mail you with my address.
    Thank you.

  2. This is such a sweet idea. I would love to be included in this. I will email you my address, too. You're awesome.

  3. I found your blog through ADSchill. I think this sound like a great idea. I would love to be included as well and will send you my address. Or, I'd be willing to help make the bracelets too, if you'd like.

  4. Welcome, L! Paying it forward would be amazing. I hope to make these this week and get them out next weekend. Thanks, all!

  5. Awesome! I sent you an email!

    I also wrote about this topic the other day;

  6. Happy ICLW!

    I think the common thread is such a wonderful idea, so thank you so much for sharing the love and spreading the word!

    Sending one over to Australia is probably a bit too far though! Will have to see if I can find the right colour thread here.

  7. That's a lovely offer and I would really like to accept! I have a post on my blog about Infertility's Common Thread too, and tried to make myself one, but it came out terribly. I am not good at that sort of thing. I live in England, but my parents are in the US, so I will send you their address and they can bring it with them when they visit next month. Thank you.

    I hope you don't mind spreading the word for me about this week's Fertility Focus Telesummit, which starts today. I am speaking on how creating an effective support network can make all the difference when you are trying to conceive. The Telesummit has 12 live presentations and 3 recorded presentations, giving information, advice and support about various aspects of fertility health and support and it's FREE! I hope you will listen in, later today, to my presentation and submit questions if you have any. To register for free, go to Thanks,

    Lisa (ICLW #112)

  8. Found your blog on the IComWeLeav list. Thanks for sharing. I had no idea there were so many of us. I'd love to have a bracelet. I will email you.

  9. This is an awesome offer- I'll have to see how I can continue the spread a little hope with a little string to connect us all.
    -IComLeavWe sister-friend

  10. This is an amazing idea! Thank you for being "our voice" and making these bracelets. I found you via ICLW and am now following your journey. You will certainly be in my thoughts.

  11. Found you through IComLeavWe - I have never heard of this thread bracelet before, and I love the idea of it. It makes so much sense.

  12. Found you thru IComLeavWe

    I love the idea of bracelets linking causes together. I had a bracelet once, (maybe it was just a for luck thing) and the instructions on it said that when it fell off then a wish would come true. I hope yours does!

  13. That is such an awesome gesture and a great idea. You should start a "club" of sorts of women who will make and send these bracelets. It would be a nice way of "branding" for lack of a better word fellow IF'ers and I know it would give me a little comfort if someone saw mine and knew what it was.

    Emailing you now.

    Lavonne @ *Our Wish*

  14. How sweet of you to offer to do this. I am new to your blog and a new follower. I was sent over here from MissConceptions. I'm glad to visit. I haven't talked about our issues on my blog yet, but we've been trying so long for a baby and I have endometriosis. I would love to feel connected to other women in this way. Thank you!

  15. I recieved the bracelet last year from the post you wrote and it still means the world to me. I love it and I like to think it brought me strength and luck.

    thank you for sharing with us always and putting a piece of you out into the world to share with the rest of us who share your story, struggles and hope.

  16. This is such a wonderful idea!! I'd love one and will email you my address.