The past three years of my life have felt like I have been living in a perpetual state of grief. Life ebbs and flows. I would find my heart growing around my grief only to suffer another loss. It has been hard to heal. Life has a funny way of stirring up in us the parts that are not yet healed. Just when I think I’m done there is another layer.
Monthly Feature Story - November - Darrien Minnie - Loss, Infertility, High Risk Pregnancy and Motherhood
I am a wife. A puppy mommy. A teacher. A Librarian. A dancer. A daughter. An auntie. A sister. A cousin. A friend. An avid gym goer. A good hugger. A great listener.
I am also infertile.
I have wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember. While my mom was busy breast feeding my younger brothers, I would sit and breastfeed my favourite doll.
I am the girl who, as a teenager, would have sleep overs with her dearest friend (Lizann). We would spend hours talking about how when we got older and were pregnant, we would have pregnant sleepovers. How I’ve cried about not being able to have those with her.
For reasons, I cannot begin to understand (although, I have come to understand them a bit better now – as I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), I have not been able to have the one thing I have always wanted…a child. Women with PCOS do have the ability to get pregnant, but I have not been able to. Why would I have such an innate deep longing and desire, only to have the desires of my heart unfulfilled?
August Monthly Feature Story - Brandell & Adam Davis' Journey - Infertility
Hi, I am Brandell Davis (aka in_godstiming on Instagram) and my husband is Adam Davis, our journey started in March of 2015. We decided it was time to get my IUD removed. We were giddy and nervous and naïve to what heartache was in store. We tried to conceive for about 12 months naturally, but both deep down knew something was wrong. We messaged our primary ob about ordering some fertility testing. My labs all came back normal which was somewhat reassuring but also crushing because we were searching for a culprit. Next my husband provided a semen sample. I will never forget the call my husband received on our Valentine’s Day dinner 2016. My heart sank, I knew the results were likely abnormal. Our doctor revealed my husband’s count was severely low and it would be difficult to ever conceive naturally. She recommended we set up a consultation with a fertility doctor and expect IVF to be discussed. She said we could see a urologist as well to make sure there were no “structural” abnormalities. Needless to say we did not finish our meal. We cried ourselves to sleep that night and just held one another.
Monthly Feature Story - July 2018 - Brittany Rechsteiner
My husband and I got married in February 2010. About 4 months later we decided we wanted to try to start a family and so we did! We tried for one month and found out we were pregnant right away! We were so excited and grateful that it didn’t take us long to get pregnant! We had heard some stories from other people about announcing your pregnancy so early so we wanted to wait until that 12 week safety mark to tell everyone. So we did. At 12 weeks, we announced it to the world, we were so excited! It was the first grandbaby on my husbands side and the second on my side. Everyone was so excited for us. We immediately went out and bought baby clothes and some essentials we thought we would need...