Thursday, March 15, 2012

(19) Infertility and Adoption

Title: Infertility and Adoption: A Husband and Father's Perspective by Roy Sokol
Publisher: Rosedog Press
48 Pages
Genre: Adoption

Synopsis: Roy Sokol offers men a chance to be heard and women a rare opportunity to view the struggle with infertility from a male perspective.Infertility and Adoption: A Husband and Father's Perspectivebrings to life the frustration, anger, humor, heartbreak, and sense of helplessness and a mental philosophy learned in Marine Corps training that helps in overcoming the psychological barriers.

While miracles in technology have brought joy to new families, those very advances have placed many couples into a spiraling cycle of hope and heartbreak. One failed attempt may lead to another, but how do you give up when there is always another doctor, another procedure holding the possibility of your dream for a family?

Roy Sokol has captured the emotional turmoil he and his wife, Elizabeth, endured as they tried to conceive, the years their lives were put on hold, and the excruciating sense of loss and finally great happiness. He writes too of the couple's journey through the bewildering world of adoption-a path to parenthood fraught with financial, legal, and emotional risks of its own.

Review: This small book is honest and insightful.  If you ever wondered how infertility effects the man in your life this short read is the book for you.  If you are a husband going through this roller coaster ride of infertility this book can help validate your emotions and concerns. Roy Sokol describes his frustration in watching his wife go through painful procedures, the helplessness of not knowing how to “fix” the problem and trying to balance life and the all consuming need to start a family.  When they decide to adopt he takes you through their journey, the frustrations the ups and downs and ultimately the joy of adopting internationally from Russia.  An honest, quick insightful read.

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