April 24 – 30, 2016 is Infertility Awareness Week, and I will be posting something on Instagram each day to commemorate the week and help raise awareness for the 1 in 8 women who are affected. I’m going to tell parts of our story in hopes that it will help someone who isn’t in a place to tell theirs yet.
We started trying to conceive in 2007, just two years after we were married and were over the moon about having a family. After 3 months we started realizing this wouldn’t be as easy as we thought. I began having woman’s health issues and asked my doctor for help. She put me on Clomid. After 3 cycles of that with no result, I was referred on to a wonderful doctor in Kansas City.
During this time many of my friends were having babies like crazy. Each baby shower that passed became bittersweet. I was so excited for my friends, and so hopeful that I too would be showing off those adorable little onesies at some point. Little did I know we would have years of treatments in front of us, spending many thousands of dollars.
For all of the frustrations we’ve endured, we have been incredibly blessed with those friends and family who have walked this path on a daily basis with us. Their support during times of tears and times of hope has been incredible. I would walk through fire for them for all of they have endured with us.
This year’s #NIAW call to action is to #startasking. If you know a couple struggling with infertility or think they may be, just ask how they are. Remember both the husband and wife are hurting. You can find a short guide to help you talk to them without accidentally hurting their feelings. http://bit.ly/1FJLvWa