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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 husband and I got married in the fall of 2008. Our plan was to eventually have kids and we never thought twice about it being a big deal. I remember us talking early on in our marriage about how we wanted two or three kids because we each had two siblings and wanted our children to have similar experiences. The thought of having a family and being the Mom I always knew I wanted to be was exciting!

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