Mother’s Day is on Sunday and I know I tend to forget that it isn’t the happiest day for everyone. Mother’s Day for many can be quite painful. Not everyone still has their mother with them and also not everyone who wants to become a mother is able to. Enter Janelle Bruno from Charlestown, Massachusetts. 

Janelle typically captures the most precious and happiest moments of people’s lives; weddings, engagements, family portraits, etc. But Janelle realizes there is always a story behind the smile. According to NECN, this year Janelle decided to mark Mother’s Day by raising awareness around an issue that she has experienced; infertility and loss. Her journey was incredibly painful and hard and she remembers she and her husband suffering in silence because talking about it made it worse. She made a promise that if she ever got on the other side of it she would share her story and do whatever she could to help others. Janelle is now a working mama of two boys and she is ready to share her story.

Janelle invited anyone who is struggling or has struggled with infertility, pregnancy loss, or child loss, to a free photoshoot. They were welcome to come alone, with a spouse, or with someone who has supported them throughout their journey. The response was overwhelming. The article states that over 50 women contacted Janelle wanting to participate. 

Kudos to you, Janelle, for raising awareness around such an important issue! This Mother’s Day, try to remember that it might not be the most joyous day for everyone. Try to be empathetic and sensitive towards what other people are going through.

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