This week, infertility showed up in the most surprising of places. You might expect infertility to show up on a medical drama. It isn't even that surprising to see it in an episode of CSI. After all, we usually get lots of backstory about the crime of the week. However, I was shocked to hear infertility mentioned on 24 this week. Its an action adventure show...a classic guys show...but infertility did break through. It was only a minor character but it was there. The episode synopsis says, "At the port, Gadsen tells Jack and Tony that he was trying to make extra cash to support his impending twins conceived with expensive fertility treatments. He had planned to aid men that he thought were simple electronics smugglers." Now, as Baby Smiling In Back Seat said yesterday, this might not be a perfect way to raise the awareness of infertility because the man was helping criminals. But, I think the situation this guy finds himself in actually helps convey the desperation and horrific cost surrounding infertility treatment.
Its really saying something when infertility is getting mentioned in such unlikely settings. Maybe the general public is finally starting to get the message about the pain and suffering people go through when they experience infertility.