Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis. The diagnosis followed a year of mindfully trying for a baby—tracking and logging and researching and wondering why we still weren’t pregnant. With the diagnosis, we finally had our answer. An answer that led to even more questions and uncertainty, but an answer nonetheless. Since then, we have soldiered through one major laparoscopic surgery, one round of IVF, two polypectomies, one failed fresh transfer, one cancelled Endometrial Receptivity Analysis (ERA), and one cancelled frozen transfer. I never could have predicted this journey. I never would have planned this journey. Even so, I have learned a lot because of the journey. 

To anyone going through infertility I will say from my experience it is a daily decision to remain positive and to continue putting one foot in front of the other. 

My husband and I struggled with infertility for five long years. During that time what seemed to be the hardest was how many close friends were getting pregnant. Every announcement would crush me to my core.  Also we were considered an "unknown"  case of infertility. This was brutal. I just wanted to know what the problem was and fix it. I was completely healthy, same as my husband. Doctors couldn't understand why nothing was working.

My name is Charie Lacy, and I have been struggling with infertility for almost 2 years. In December 2017, I went in for my annual check-up and to get started to trying to conceive starting in 2018. I was seeing an advanced gynecologist as I’ve always had painful periods. She noticed a cyst on one of my ovaries, but wasn’t too concerned and started me on my vitamins and said, “we think you have endometriosis, so it might take you a few months to conceive.” I thought I was fine, and I wasn't too worried.

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