we are redefining the conversation about (In)fertility and ending the silence. I'm so proud to be part of this powerful and inspiring group of fertility warriors - all sharing our stories throughout National (In)fertility Awareness Week! Check out @Fertilust and @alexismeranyc for more about our journeys to motherhood - nonlinear, emotionally, spiritually and physically (and economically) taxing, but all bringing us to the best outcome: holding our babies and becoming moms. .
My own journey began after 10 years of being on The Pill and struggling to keep a healthy body weight. I then suffered amenorrhea for nearly 6 years. Feeling something wasn't right, I went to 3 OBGYNs looking for someone who would listen to me! I was sent for MRIs, CAT scans, blood work, ultrasounds, cancer and brain tumor screenings and more. They told me to go back on the pill or not to worry. But I worried. I knew I wanted children. Finally, I was connected with my fertility specialist who immediatly figured out what was wrong and had me pregnant in 6 weeks! 7 months after my daughter was born I went back to my doctor, and within a month I was pregnant again. Round #3 was not as smooth (I'm expecting baby #3 in early summer). After several months of trying, I had a miscarriage and DNC. I was diagnosed with a molar pregnancy/placental tumor. The early catching and DNC prevented me from having a much more invasive surgery and 1+years of chemotherapy. For 6 months I went regularly for blood work to make sure the tumor was not growing back. Each week, the relief swelled as I got good results. The waiting took forever. The depletion and fatigue and brain fog and illness I felt was real and paralyzing. The fear continued long into this (so far healthy and successful) pregnancy. Each milestone, just a small weight lifted. I'm still nervous, but so ready and so excited for this baby to come. .
April 21-27 marks National Infertility Awareness Week (#NIAW ), a project of @resolveorg : The National #Infertility Association. The goal of the week is to raise awareness about infertility, encourage advocacy and help couples struggling cope. You’re not alone! Share your story- we are here to listen/help - 37 minutes ago