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.
My name is Emily. My husband (Jordan) and I began the IVF process a couple years ago to start our family. We now have a happy, healthy, 14 month old son named Noah.
My story begins pretty much from birth--I have a chromosomal translocation. In layman's terms, my genetic code is all there, just not in the right place. In my case, a branch from both the third and sixth chromosomes are switched. Weird, right? I have two now deceased siblings who were born affected by the chromosomal abnormality. At 15 I learned that there was a good chance I would have children like my younger brother (Mark) and older sister (Kiersti).
My husband Nathan and I married in 2011 and spent our first year of marriage traveling. When it came time to start a family, we quickly realized it wasn't as easy as we had thought it would be. After five years of trying and a whole lot of disappointment, we decided it was time to get help. During those five years, we kept our struggle private and played it off that we were content being a cool aunt and uncle. Being an elementary school teacher, I loved on my students each year and felt as if they were my own! We also got a puppy during this time to fill the void.