"When are you having kids?" "Why don't you just adopt?" These innocent, well-meaning questions everyone asks couples, especially women of a certain age. To those one in eight couples who undergo infertility treatments, these questions do not feel at all innocent or well-meaning, but invalidating to the battle they're fighting and the difficulty and pain involved in the adoption process. Ever Upward is Justine Froelker's surprising story of triumph over terrible luck. This is the story of how Justine redefined her childless life and learned to be okay, whole and happy with a full childfree life. Ever Upward is a story that resonates with many: a story of pain, struggle, recovery, triumph and acceptance. Ever Upward fills the current gap on the infertility bookshelf, providing a voice to those silenced by infertility, opening the conversation to the other side asking for understanding and acceptance of the path that sadly doesn't include children; challenging us all to consider more than one happy ending. Ever Upward is Justine's story, and yet it is every woman's story, mother or not, because behind the wall of shamed silence, the smile, and “I can do everything” attitude lies millions of women suffering with the pain of infertility. Join Justine as she shows us that the connection to our stories is the only way back to the truth of who we are.
©2015 Justine Brooks Froelker (P)2015 Justine Brooks Froelker
I listen to audiobooks on a wide variety of subjects. I chose this because a friend wrote it, and I found the story intriguing. As a story of personal triumph in the face of overwhelming odds, I found Ever Upward to be as compelling as any audiobook I've purchased.
Chad, because he was the rock and strong place for both of them as they faced nearly overwhelming trials, loss and sadness. Had Chad been a lesser man, they well may have come unglued.
I have not. This audiobook is outstanding because there is power in having the author narrate her own story and life. There is a reality and passion that a hired narrator might never capture.
As the book wrapped up, the strong message that I can create my own happy ending truly resonated with me. Plenty of people don't fit in to the current societal mold, and to be affirmed that I can be different and not ashamed of my difference is a great comfort.
I have already recommended this book. I will continue to do so, and not just for people struggling with infertility and IVF, although these are prevalent and painful issues. Justine goes beyond these challenges to speak to broader issues that we face.
Mom. Wife. Photographer. Lover of all things supernatural. Slightly obsessed with Sweet Valley High and great white sharks.
There is a lot of complaining, but not much of a story.
I know IVF is hard. I have been there. But they did two cycles, and that's it. Then she basically says that IVF clinics are scams for telling people to keep trying. And complains that she doesn't feel "validated" (which she says A LOT). And they refuse to adopt, even when a child is practically handed to them by a family member, but continue to complain they don't have children- even though they refuse any options available to them. I don't get it. And she bashes IVF often in this book, with bothers me.
So they get dogs. Four hours of complaining, and hearing about dogs.
And the narrator talks too fast.
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