A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see – and hits it.
<side note before I get into my post> I have taken a social media break from Twitter and Facebook and am only selectively reading certain blogs at the moment. It hurts too much to do anything else. I can’t continue to see happy babies and newborns, people announcing pregnancies, and people complaining about their kids/pregnancy. I know I’ll end up doing the same things they are if we ever had kids and it’s not their problem. It’s mine.
So I decided to do something about it. So far, I’ve made it three days and it is helping, but I have a long way to go. I’ve learned that no one (save one person) misses me in a three day absence, so it might actually be for the best to step away from social media more often once I get back from it. I don’t want to get really wrapped up into it. While I think blogging is social media, I can choose which blogs to read and writing them myself helps get my feelings out. I love writing and it’s definitely cathartic. <end side note>
I just learned this morning that Nobel Prize winning IVF pioneer Sir Robert Edwards has died at the age of 87 (he was knighted for his work in 2011). His work led to the birth of Louise Brown, the first “test tube baby,” in 1978. Imagine that. We’ve only had the option of IVF for 35 years. I recently read that since then, 200,000 babies have been born through IVF (I’m not sure how accurate that number is, but I’m sure it’s in the ballpark).
That’s 200,000 babies who found the parents who had been longing for them so much that they gave their bodies over to injections and drugs and science in order to receive their miracles. I hope that we don’t have to go that route, but it is comforting to know that option is there, thanks to a British genius.
Sir Edwards has made a huge impact on this world and his work will live on forever. He has brought hope and joy into the lives of many and has helped create thousands of families.
Sir Robert Edwards… thank you. Thank you for everything.