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Making a Difference: The RADfertility Patient Support Group

May 22, 2020 – Making a Difference – Lindsay Griffin, LCSW

At RADfertility, we understand that infertility can be a very isolating disease to face. It is important to know you are not alone. The purpose of the Make a Difference series is to highlight the dedicated organizations and individuals in the community available to help you on your journey.

Lindsay Griffin, LCSW
Group Leader & Facilitator 

Our patient community is filled with extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. Recently, Lindsay Griffin, an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Delaware recognized the lack of resources in the area and decided to connect with RADfertility about hosting a patient support group to help women of all backgrounds on their journey through infertility. Her belief that women can find comfort in meeting others who experience similar feelings that fertility challenges can bring is the foundation of the support group. In addition to her clinical expertise, Lindsay also provides a patient perspective.

We had the opportunity to connect with Lindsay Griffin, the host of The RADfertility Patient Support Group to learn more about her mission, some details of the group, and how she plans on making a difference.

What is your role with The RADfertility Patient Support Group?

My role is the group leader and facilitator of The RADfertility Patient Support Group. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Delaware, with a history of practicing mental health services for over 10 years.

 

What inspired you to launch this new resource?

Personally, I have come across my own challenges with infertility. I recognized from my own fertility journey the lack of resources available in the area. As a professional mental health therapist, I realized that I could help women by providing this type of service to those experiencing fertility challenges. Support groups are unique in bringing people from a variety of different backgrounds together that are having very similar and difficult life experiences. I believe this is very comforting to know that other women know what it is like and to address some of the feelings of isolation that fertility challenges bring. In this space, it is safe and encouraged to talk about all of the thoughts and feelings that are related to the challenges to working towards growing a family.

 

What are some topics of discussion that the group will address?

In the sessions we’ve held so far, we’ve discussed navigating the ups and downs of the fertility journey, the importance of self-care during times of stress, and practicing self-compassion when going through challenges with fertility. A special session will devote time to understanding infertility as a significant loss and address the impact of experiencing a miscarriage.

 

What advice do you have for women facing infertility challenges?

Remember to take care of yourself! It is easy and understandable when experiencing fertility challenges to be hard on yourself. Often times an infertility diagnosis can make a woman feel that she is the source of why she cannot have children. Our bodies are complex and we cannot ascribe self-blame to something we did not choose or intend for ourselves. The other piece is to remember you are not alone and you don’t have to do it alone! Get connected to supportive persons while you are on this journey in order to not walk it by yourself. If unable to come in person to a support group, consider seeking out a therapist or get connected to other support groups online.

 

Covid-19 has changed the way support groups are traditionally conducted. How has The RADfertility Patient Support Group transitioned during the pandemic and do those changes still allow for a comfortable environment for people to meet?

I have been so happy to be able to work with RADfertility in transitioning the group to be offered via Zoom. I was so bummed we only had one opportunity to have the group in person, but I was thrilled that we could transition to an online format to continue to offer this much needed support to RADfertilitys’s patients.

 

What do you hope to accomplish in 2020 with the support group?

I am really interested in providing a safe space for women to be able to openly talk to one another about the hard realities they are facing with trying to have children. I hope by giving women this space that it will help them feel more supported in their fertility journey. I also want to get their feedback on what else can be provided that would help them feel supported on their fertility journey.

 

Tell us something people might not know about Lindsay Griffin.

I love being creative. I have recently been doing a lot of painting as part of my own self care during this time. I would love to do this with the support group one day as well! I think art in itself is a great way for self-expression, but it is very relaxing as it gives you the opportunity to have something constructive with channeling your energy and emotions.

Is there anything we didn’t mention that you feel is important for others to know about the support group?

For women considering taking part of the group, I want them to know this is their safe space to talk about all of the raw emotions that they have been battling alone on their fertility journey. I bring my clinical knowledge and my own patient perspective, but this group is all about the women who participate each month in sharing and growing from each other’s fertility stories. I take to heart each woman’s story and their suggestions on topics that are impacting them. My goal is to create a safe space for each woman to share her story and fertility journey. You are not alone!

For more information about The RADfertility Patient Support Group and upcoming meetings, visit: www.radfertility.com/rsvp-patient-support-group

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