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12/03/2010

Support hos

A quick announcement, if you please: RESOLVE of New England is beginning a new peer discussion group in Burlington, Vermont for those currently experiencing infertility.

The group will meet on the first Monday of the month, beginning December 6, from 7-9 PM, at Christ Church Presbyterian, 400 South Prospect St.  People who aren't members of RESOLVE are asked to pay $5 at the door.


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Not shown: Tea, sympathy, discreetly placed Kleenex boxes.

Anna H. -- and if you know her, you just got the same thrill of warmth I always do when you read her name -- and I will lead the group. We've already worked it out. Anna will make the tea and I will make the dick jokes. No, wait. Anna will be the good cop and I'll be the one who threatens you with a nightstick. No, wait. Anna will wear the clown suit and I will be in latex. No. WAIT. We will both act like regular old humans. Understanding listeners. People who care, who know some of what you're facing.

The meetings will be casual and confidential; I'm posting about them now only to get the word out.  We don't have any set topics and plan to discuss whatever is of immediate interest to the group; I'd imagine that this first time out we'll get to know each other a bit and then kick around some strategies for coping with the holidays.

If you're in the area and could use someone to talk to face-to-face, join us -- we'd love to see you.

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On the topic of support groups, I'd like to know if you've ever been to one that met in person, for infertility or other reasons, and whether you found it useful. Why or why not? If you're infertile, what would you look for in such a group? What kind of topics would you hope to discuss? And what suggestions do you have for helping to create a safe and welcoming space for all?  

Pleasesaydickjokes. Pleasesaydickjokes. And please come if you can.

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