For Those with Empty Arms: A Compassionate Voice For Those Experiencing Infertility

For Those with Empty Arms: A Compassionate Voice For Those Experiencing Infertility

by Emily Harris Adams


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After receiving the news that in vitro would be their only hope for biological children, award-winning poet Emily Adams had to learn to live in a new world of needles, embarrassing tests, long waiting periods, and expensive doctor’s appointments.

In this beautiful and touching book of poems and essays, Emily tells the story of the diagnosis and the chaotic years that followed. Despite the many instances of disappointment, she learns how to continue to hope. Emily Adams weaves a powerful and compassionate story for any woman who is desperately trying to conceive but can’t.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939629609
Publisher: Familius
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Emily Harris Adams considers herself a long-expecting mother. She’s seen the frustrating world of infertility: the often humiliating doctor visits, the astonishing price tags for treatments, having to explain why she doesn’t have kids, the shock of finding out a friend is going through the same struggle, waking up with her arms cradling a non-existent baby, and needing to suddenly cancel a round of in-vitro for health concerns.

Emily is also a poet. Her first poem, Empty Linen, was quoted to a religious audience of more than 13 million people. Emily’s award-winning poems Second Coming and Birthright have been read worldwide. She lives in Provo, Utah.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part 1 The Answer 1

Heartbreak 3

Blame 9

Psalm of Not a Mother 15

Part 2 The Best-Laid Plans 17

The Second Bedroom 19

Rooms 19

Part 3 Bitter Reflections 29

Envy 31

It Was the Bitterness 41

Part 4 Coming to Grips 43

Nitty-Gritty 45

Reaching Okay 48

Okay 50

Part 5 What Dreams May Come 51

Dreams 53

There Is No Death with This Blood 60

Walking on Water 61

Waking Up 64

Deus Ex Machina 69

To the Son I Am Waiting For 71

Part 6 A Moment to Recover 73

Healing 75

Healing Prayer 77

Waiting 78

Part 7 Practical Realities 79

Words 81

Answers 96

Full Disclosure 97

Maybe 104

Creation 105

Part 8 To Friends and Family 107

What to Say 109

What Not to Say 117

Part 9 Coping 125

Not Today 127

Cheapskates 131

Spaces 136

In Between 142

Part 10 To All Things There Is a Season 143

Decisions 145

Time 154

Timing 156

Long Lines 175

Part 11 Love in a Time of Trial 177

Romance 179

Giving of Hands 185

Prepared 186

Dear Trent 193

Two 196

Green-Painted Docks 202

Perfect Brightness 203

All to Myself 204

Today 208

Part 12 Finding Hope before Finding Children 211

Pregnancy 213

Sarah 217

Sufficient Faith 218

What Is a Woman? 219

Mother's Day 225

Part 13 Rebuilding 229

After the Tornado 231

Hope 233

Make No Mistake 238

About the Author 241

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