I had the great opportunity to share just a little bit about part of my infertility journey over at The Slice of Sun. Jenica Parcell also struggled with infertility and The Slice of Sun was born out of that struggle. The Slice of Sun is a website that you can purchase beautiful items and a portion of those items goes towards helping other couples cover the huge cost of IVF. To date she has helped 82 families by donating over $440,000!
What a great cause! I hope that you will head over to her beautiful website and check out all the good she is doing!
Yesterday my story was posted on her blog. Here is a little snippet of it.
Once upon a time, a young wife said to her husband: “Hey, I know I’m still in college, but I think we need to have a baby!” Not many months later, a beautiful baby girl was born. She was a delight. I was that young wife, and I graduated from BYU with a degree in Dietetics when this cute baby was three months old. After
graduation, I was blessed to stay home while my husband earned his MBA. As often happens though, I thought two kids would be better than one, so we began to try for another child. That first beautiful pregnancy test resulted in tears just one week later. Never in a million years, even after all my studying in college, did I think I would have a miscarriage — let alone ten. It just never occurred to me that that could happen to me.
This miscarriage was extremely traumatic to me — so much so, that I have no
memory besides my journal entry that this even happened. Each time I felt the prompting to have a child, my mind would be filled with anxiety. Surely if I felt prompted to have another child, I wouldn’t lose anymore, right? That just wouldn’t make sense. But time and again, loss was my story.
Before my third child, I lost one more. Then before my fourth child, I lost three.
Let me share just a little about the third one.
Thoughts overwhelmed my mind…Would I ever have another child? Why did I
keep losing babies? Was I such a bad mom that I wasn’t worthy of having
anymore children? Did I even know what personal revelation was? My heart was breaking over and over. We decided to try again though. I had never lost three in a row, so I told myself it would be fine….
To read the rest of my story and my 5 lessons head over to my story over at The Slice of Sun.
My journey has solidified this sentence so deeply in my heart…
Today there is a reason to hope.
I know it is true. There is hope all around. Somedays it is definitely harder to find, but it is there.
PS This story has a happy ending! And here’s our updated family photo.