I should also mention that I was pretty lucky that I didn't have to suffer from too many of these comments when I told people about our struggles. So, dear friends and family, please don't feel as though you need to recall conversations we've had and worry about whether you may or may not have offended me. It's just that I still know too many women dealing with this, and I hear some of the things said to them and I want to make it better.
I'm just trying to do a little educating. We've probably all dealt with difficulties and have had people respond in less than stellar ways (including not responding at all). A cancer diagnosis, the unexpected loss of a parent, child or spouse, depression, alcoholism, struggles with weight loss, the loss of a job... It's hard to understand what it's like to go through these things or how to react unless you've gone through them yourself.
So let me also say that I hope when I say something inappropriate that you will educate me, too.
This post was written while indulging in homemade chai.