Karen, a.k.a. Hilariously Infertile, is a teacher and writer who lives outside New York City with her family. Check out free chapters to her book, Hilariously Infertile, on her website hilariouslyinfertile.com , and find her on Instagram and facebook for your daily laugh-out-loud, snarky take on infertility. She will not disappoint.
After being diagnosed with PCOS and hypothyroidism, you wrote a book about your experiences with infertility. You've drawn attention to the book (and infertility in general) through your website (Hilariously Infertile) and social media platforms. What inspired you to share what you went through with others?
After the birth of my second daughter I was on maternity leave, and I was helping two of my good friends through their infertility cycles. I knew when they were ovulating, how big each follicle was on each day, all of it. My husband happened to mention in passing that I should mentor women, or write a self-help book for women. So, I started writing. At first, I didn't really know what I was writing. Was it a blog? A book? An article? All I knew was that it was real, and funny, and honest (and not a self-help book like my husband suggested). I shared it with my husband, and a few close friends at first, they all encouraged me to keep writing. Once I realized it was a book, I tried to email literary agents to get a book deal. (So naive.) I quickly learned that I have no connections in publishing. So, a friend suggested that I start a website and social media accounts. This was intimidating to me because I never even had a personal Facebook account (I know, weird right?). I started the website and the social media, got some articles published on FitPregnancy.com and from there it all kinda took off. The more I wrote and posted, the more women were emailing and messaging me from all over the world telling me how I was changing their life. (Nuts!) At first I thought Hilariously Infertile would be a dream that would fizzle out when I went back to work after my daughter. I thought it would reach a couple hundred people and that would be amazing! Incredible even. Then it just grew and grew and the feedback became better and better and more forth coming. I realized that I am really helping women from all corners of the earth get through their day with humor about such a sad subject and that means more to me than any book deal or anything.