Tag Archives: Infertility

We Are Definitely ‘One And Done’

Courtesy of Jillian Stackhouse-Frechette There are a few things that I remember about my wedding day. There are the obvious ones, such as the dress, the cake, dancing with my husband, etc. But one that especially sticks out is a guest pulling me aside as we were leaving the church and asking me when exactly we were planning on having a family. My husband and I had been married all of five minutes. What this relative did not know, was that I had polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). […]

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How This Sticker Is Helping Normalize Infertility

Wake up? Pee on a stick. Afternoon time? Pee on a stick. Bedtime? Pee on a stick. Everyday moments in between? PEE. ON. A. STICK. This is the obsessive life of women who are desperately trying to conceive. Why isn’t it discussed more amongst us? I’m honestly not sure. It’s weird that we don’t, because I’m almost 100% positive (no pun intended) that every struggling-to-conceive woman has taken more than one pregnancy test per day whilst trying to get pregnant. Maybe the first test was squinted at […]

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The ‘Two Week Wait’ Is The Hardest Part

It was the call we didn’t want to make. One more month, we said, calculating time on our fingers. When my husband Matt and I arrived at the fertility specialist’s office in January 2017, I sized up the other couples waiting around us, taking a long look at the woman alone on her cell phone. I was escorted into an exam room for ultrasound where I stared at the monitor like television, even though nothing was on. After various tests we returned to meet with the doctor, […]

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How Egg Donation Made Me A Mom Of 4

If I were to advise a woman considering having a baby through in vitro fertilization with a donated egg, I would tell her to do some research, but not too much. Read blogs on the subject, but not too many. Give your mind just enough to think about without overwhelming it with all the differing opinions on the subject. Pick an issue and find two opposite reactions to it. Then stop researching and let your mind go to work. One of my biggest concerns when contemplating having […]

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The Woman Who Gave Birth To My Daughters Is Not Their Mother

Courtesy of Elizabeth Joyce The woman who gave birth to my twin daughters is a lot of things, but she is not their mother. She is the woman who carried my baby girls in her womb and nurtured them when I could not. She is incredibly generous, kind, thoughtful, caring, and compassionate beyond measure. She is a woman with whom I am intimately bonded through the experience of giving my daughters’ life. She is now a treasured friend. But, she is not my daughters’ mother. Courtesy of […]

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