So, tonight I'm watching The Biggest Loser (and feeling like a big loser while eating a piece of vanilla buttercream cake) and had zoned off into my blank mindspace during a commercial break. Hearing the words infertility and had a miscarriage caused me to snap my eyes back to the television. In that same split second I thought, "Mention of infertility during a commercial? Huh?"
It was a commercial adaptation of this clip, which is part of Mutual of Omaha's latest campaign called "Aha Moments." In the online, extended version of this commercial, the speaker — Heidi — explains how she and her husband tried for years to conceive. In fact, the caption of her video is this quote: I wanted, more than anything, to be a mom. At 41.
Of course, the short story in the commercial has a happy ending conclusion. Good for her, I thought. I hope she's hugging her daughter Deryn right now and squeezes her a little tighter when she sees this commercial.
The word infertility likely didn't snap the typical viewer's attention like it did mine. But the word was said in prime time television and in a "normal" setting, not during a specialized program geared towards a targeted audience. To me, seeing this commercial felt like a small victory for the infertile community.
I didn't feel like quite as much of a loser as I did before.