This week is National Infertility Awareness Week®,and I am so in awe of all of you who stepped up so courageously to share your stories to spread awareness.Every story is different. Every story is important.April 22-28 I'll be adding stories slowly but surely as they are received.God bless all of you, and thank you for sharing.
Here is the first of many stories:
"My name is Kelly Beckert, and here is my infertility journey. My instagram handle is @utterlyinfertile and my blog is utterlyinfertileandthings.com
It took us years to conceive. It also took me weeks to find out I was miscarrying that baby. That baby we fought so hard for, wasn’t coming home. I was never going to hold that baby. It took us some more time but we were able to have a baby. That baby who is going on 2 years old in September. After years of tears, money, ultrasounds, timed intercourse (that doesn’t even sound fun), medications, injections, and intrauterine inseminations- I had two pregnancies. One resulted in a beautiful angel baby we named Ophelia Rose. The other pregnancy gave us our much needed rainbow baby, Isabella Mae. See, infertility doesn’t just rob you of the normal things you would think of. It does so much more. It creates barriers, walls, depression, anxiety, and a lot of stress. But it also creates strong ass parents, I think at least. I am not ashamed of our journey. The journey we are now beginning again for the next baby. Infertility has brought me to the instagram community that I call home. I call these women my friends. I cry with them even when they don’t see it. I celebrate with them while reading their stories. These are my people! I remember being in the labor and delivery room and thinking “there’s no way possible I’m coming home with this baby”. This isn’t real. Something bad has to happen because that’s what you become “used” to. That’s what infertility does to you. It tries so very hard to keep knocking you down. I laugh when people say to me about my daughter “but you wanted her so bad, right”? Oh you have no idea what I went through for her. Infertility makes it hard to talk or do so called normal things. Baby showers are beyond hard to think of, let alone go to one. It’s not that you aren’t happy for that person having a baby. You are just so caught up in your mind and struggle because you want a baby of your own so badly. Every social media post about someone announcing they are pregnant makes you want to slouch more into the couch and sleep the day away. It’s a daily struggle. Infertility makes you cancel and reschedule your fertility specialist appointment countless times for the next baby. It makes you give excuses on why you aren’t moving to the next step. This is just a small glimpse into the struggle. So next time you ask the childless friend or couple “when are you getting pregnant” or the couple with one child when the next one is happening, just think. Think for one second on what their story could be. Your question or comment could throw that person into an even deeper depression or just honestly ruin their day. Just stop and think before speaking. I know we are all guilty of it. I am a mother. It doesn’t erase what I went through to become one. I am 1 in 8. I am 1 in 4. I am proud. " - Kelly B.
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