For some reason, for as long as I can remember, I have felt a fear of being infertile. As a child I was fascinated by the movie "Dumbo" and according to my mom it was not only for that brave little elephant with big ears, but I especially felt connected to Dumbo’s mom. This beautiful Disney classic opens with all animals in the circus receiving their babies delivered by the storks, except for Dumbo’s mom. She and only she, stays childless and had to watch all her fellow elephants cuddle their little ones. How ironic that this same thing would happen to me later in life. But the movie doesn’t end there. Dumbo’s mom receives her wonderful baby through a special delivery a little later on in the story and thank god the same thing would also happen to me in my life later on.
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.