Today for National Infertility Awareness Week, I’m participating in a collaboration hosted by Caroline over at In Due Time. If you are going through infertility and need encouragement, this post is for you:
Today in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), please welcome Shawna from Lunchbox Babies! Shawna is no stranger to infertility and has a beautiful story. Today, she’s sharing some life lessons that she’s learned on her journey. I hope that today’s post encourages and inspires you.-Jessi
Life Lessons From My Journey With Infertility & Miscarriage
Since launching my blog, I have chatted with several women about infertility and loss. The one theme that runs through these conversations is how hard being in the middle of it all feels. How isolating. How alone.
I am so thankful that my crazy road of infertility and loss is over. However, the lovely “what if” can still rear its ugly head, and I must make a conscious effort to move on from those thoughts.
I have learned so many things about life and myself throughout this crazy journey of mine. As I walk forward, looking back has been a strangely rewarding experience. I have gotten to see the lessons that I have learned, and I want to pass them onto you.[Read more…]
As we’re wrapping up National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), I wanted to share a collaborative post that Caroline put together on her blog In Due Time. I have a little appearance on there, along with so many incredible women who are bravely sharing their stories with you. In Caroline’s exact words:
“The heart behind this post is to show the many aspects of infertility: how long women wait, the different diagnosis they might receive, the many paths they might take, etc. I hope this post sheds some light on how every story looks so different from the next, but they all matter!”
Read our stories here: 1 in 8 go through infertility. These are our stories.
Today, I am joining Caroline from the blog In Due Time for a TTC Story linkup! Whether you’ve been following me for years or are new to this blog, today I want to share my journey through infertility and TTC with you.
When my husband and I married in 2007, the last thing we expected was infertility. Prior to marriage, I had gone on a birth control pill solely for the purpose of keeping my body in sync. Up to that point, my cycles were ranging between 30-45 days long, so they were considered normal (albeit inconsistent), but the cramping associated with each one was getting to be more than I could handle. I had no idea that this was just the surface of my PCOS.
After we got married, I started reading about birth control pills, and at the time it was suggested that women who want to conceive get off of them completely for 3-6 prior to trying. I had no idea what it would mean to come off of them. Those initial 6 months went by, and suddenly, everything stopped. And by stopped, I literally mean stopped. I suddenly started having abdominal pain I had never had before, and lower back pain. All of the pain was centered around my right ovary. I stopped having periods. This is where our infertility journey began.
To check out more stories and connect with other women just like you, be sure to head over to Caroline’s blog for more:
Being that it’s National Infertility Awareness Week, you’ve probably seen a flurry of activity on Facebook & Twitter from bloggers who are speaking up on behalf of infertiles everywhere. As hard as this week has been already, it’s also been a blessing to partner with other bloggers in different ways by sharing what we know and encouraging one another.
Today on the blog In Due Time, hear what I and others have to say about infertility. This is what we want you to know.
Thank you, Caroline, for collecting all of these comments from us. It’s wonderful to see so many perspectives and to join together with other women. If you don’t already follow Caroline, I highly recommend it. She is one of the most uplifting and encouraging Christian bloggers I know, and I love to read her posts. I pray for her regularly!
Did you know that 6% of women in the U.S. are infertile? 1.5 million women suffer… many in silence.
Did you know that 25% of couples have more than one infertility diagnosis? It isn’t just one person or the other… sometimes it’s both.
Did you know that 1 in 8 couples either has trouble conceiving or keeping a pregnancy?
Did you know that polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects about 8-10% of women of reproductive age?
I am 1 in 8.
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. I was going to write something to inspire you all, but then I came across the blog post from Elisha, my fellow sister in Christ, and she said everything so perfectly, so eloquently, I just don’t have anything else to add. There is nothing else I can write to express what this week means to so many of us, because she said it best.
Ladies, please take a moment to go check out the post You Are Not Alone: Flying with Broken Wings Together by Waiting for Baby Bird. She has no idea I’m sending you there… that is, until she reads this. 😉 Hi Elisha!
Be inspired. Remember, you are not alone. Your PCOS does not define you!
“Because while this path of infertility has unexpected rain storms and high winds intended to knock you out of your nest and send you to your hands and knees, scraped, bruised, beaten and scarred, there are thousands of others on this same journey, or even a similar journey, ready and willing to pick you up if you fall.”
~Waiting for Baby Bird
Beautiful. Just beautiful.