Surrogacy, as it applies to me and my personal experience, has been a heavy weight in my heart lately.
More than you know, and more than I can tell.
However, I will never feel anything less than complete and utter support for surrogacy as a family-building alternative when things don’t go the way they should.
From the very beginning, I have cried (and when appropriate, laughed) with Giuliana and Bill Rancic as they took step after painful step towards having a baby.
I remember mentioning to Frank, long before the Rancics ever mentioned surrogacy onGiuliana & Bill, that I felt in my heart that surrogacy would work out for them if they weren’t successful with traditional IVF.
Though they had no obligation to do so, they opened a window into the very personal spaces of their lives and have allowed us to look in. Infertility. Breast cancer. Surrogacy.
By welcoming us into some of their intimate corners, the Rancics are helping to bring an everyday understanding to challenges that most people don’t deal with every day. They’ve taken surrogacy – a concept that is abstract to many – and have brought it down to a level that emphasizes, and even celebrates, the ordinary inextraordinary.
In a world where anything above building a family the “natural” way is met with skepticism and misunderstanding, anything that fosters that degree of normalcy is welcome.
I thank Giuliana and Bill for showing the world what infertility looks like.
And now, I congratulate Giuliana and Bill on the birth of their son, and I thank them again for showing the world what the beauty of surrogacy looks like.
On Tuesday, the Website of CNN Headline News (HLNtv.com) will feature an op/ed piece written by me about what it’s like to be a gestational surrogate. I’ll link here when it’s published. (And you’ll Tweet, Facebook, share the heck out of that sucker. Word.)