Infertility

Resolve to Know More – Encouragement

354a09577f2306fc3a434f18057ed275Despite attempts to keep one’s sense of humor, there are times when all you need to do is cry.

After Paul and I first got our Infertility diagnosis, I felt so alone. It seemed like everyone I knew was getting pregnant… No one knew how I felt and I didn’t know how to tell people. Honestly there are still days where I don’t know what I’m feeling, just that I AM feeling. Thankfully, my husband and family are there for me when I need to cry, and I appreciate that more than they know.

I need to talk about it, its who I am, but I don’t want to make others feel bad for having children or telling me they’re expecting. These blog posts sum up so many feelings that I have experienced in a much better way than I ever could!

1. http://www.stevewiens.com/2013/03/26/ten-words-that-describe-infertility/
This was one of the first blog posts I ever read once we knew we were infertile, and it still brings me to tears. This man managed to put into words feelings I didn’t even realize I had.

2. http://trialsbringjoy.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/10-things-to-stop-doing/
This, YES. Please, read this!
As for pregnancy announcements, Mother’s Day, and baby showers…Please don’t exclude me, but be understanding if I can’t come. If you are pregnant and we are close, I appreciate being told either in person with no one else around or via text. (That way I know before it goes on FB-I don’t feel left out and feel like I’m a part of your life, but I have time to process it.) As far as baby showers and birthday parties go, I am happy for you and want to celebrate with you! Please, let me decide what I can and can’t handle. 🙂 Because honestly, it can vary day to day.

3. http://trialsbringjoy.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/do-something/
Both this and the one above are by my friend Chelsea. We originally met on Instagram only because she was organizing a gift exchange with multiple ladies who are currently battling or recently overcame infertility, but she has become one of my heroes. The grace and honesty she and her husband Josh portray as they battle infertility is inspiring! I love the online community she has helped cultivate-the support and understanding is amazing!

4. http://www.disneybaby.com/blog/when-i-cant-do-baby-showers-and-6-other-things-your-friend-with-infertility-wants-to-tell-you/

 

Infertility

WIP Wednesday & a Coupon!

Whoo! I’ve been busy adding various items to my store this week! Everything pictured (except for the shawl in progress at the end) is made to order in any size from Newborn to Large Adult! 🙂 Check them all out in my Etsy store and don’t forget to use coupon code IAW2014 now through the 27th for 10% off everything! (All proceeds this week go towards our IVF fund!)IMG_5298 IMG_5374 IMG_5430 IMG_5467 IMG_5766 IMG_5767 IMG_5965 IMG_7088 IMG_7094 IMG_7097 IMG_7113 IMG_6699This shawl, y’all…It is actually further along than this picture shows, but I feel like I have been working on this for EVER! 😛 I’m hoping to have it done by monday. We shall see!

xoxo

 

Infertility

Resolve to Know More – An Intro

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This week is infertility awareness week! Did you know that infertility affects 1 in 8 couples?!? That is a lot! Sadly, my husband and I are that 1 in 8. We have had our infertility diagnoses for almost a year now, and I hope to help all my readers learn this week just what infertility is and how you can support someone going through it! IMG_7103

Also, since it is National Infertility Awareness Week, all proceeds from my Etsy store will go toward helping my husband and I afford an IVF cycle hopefully later this year! Use IAW2014 for 10% off everything (including custom orders) in my store! The coupon is good now through the 27th.

So…What exactly is infertility?

Infertility is an often silent and invisible disease characterized by not being able to conceive and maintain a successful pregnancy after a year of trying for those under the age of 35 or after 6 months for those over the age of  35. Infertility can be caused by many factors such as PCOS, Endometriosis, Hormone Imbalance, Low Sperm Count, a variety of other things, or combinations of the above and other times it is simply ‘unexplained’. Men and women are affected equally and many couples struggle with both female and male factor infertility.

Primary Infertility is being unable to conceive or having multiple miscarriages while Secondary Infertility is being unable to conceive or maintain a pregnancy after having at least one child with no difficultly.

Despite its prominence, most insurance agencies consider family building and ART (artificial reproductive technology such as IUI or IVF) to be an optional or cosmetic procedure. This leaves many couples in a difficult spot as they try to save the $12,000-$20,000+ to pay for all the medications and procedures. It is so sad when it is cheaper to prevent or abort a baby than it is to conceive or adopt one…

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So, what would you like to know about infertility? I’m hoping to answer questions and explain more about the IVF process and my thoughts on how a Christian can go through IVF (this is such a touchy subject for many and there isn’t much out there on what the Bible says about IVF), as well as share some of my favorite posts from various bloggers this week!