10 Things about Me

 

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  1. I met my husband in a chat room my freshman year of college, yes we were those crazy people, and our first date was to Wendys!!
  2. My Mom and Dad got married on my Moms 18th They have always been my role models for what a marriage should be.
  3. I was diagnosed with 2 cervices when I was 18, part of our infertility issues.
  4. If my Dad had got to name me my name would have been Pinky Lee and my Brother Blue, thank goodness my Mom stepped in and I was named after her labor and delivery nurse.
  5. My first job was at a Beanie Baby Cart in the mall!! I loved it because I could talk to my friends at the mall all day long.
  6. I was in the band in high school, played the flute.
  7. My Son Brooks is named after a little boy at the daycare I worked in during college, who I fell in love with. He had Downs Syndrome and is part of the reason I love working with Special Needs children.
  8. I hate Pizza, yes I am un-American.
  9. My husband is a wrestling coach, as was his Dad, but I had never been to a wrestling match until I met him and now that is how we spend most of our weekends during the winter.
  10. I am extremely shy when it comes to meeting new people, so if it seems I am a little stuck up I am not I just have a hard time with people I don’t know.

The Life After

While going through infertility I had an amazing support system, I know that I was very lucky in this.  My husband and I were very open with our journey to family and friends. I found a Women’s support group that I joined to help me deal with my feelings and hurt. While I meet some wonderful women in that group, the moment I got pregnant I felt like an outsider. So now what?

I was one of the lucky ones! I got pregnant and have my happy ending, I know that not everyone is so lucky.  I have an amazing group of friends that love my boys like their own. But I still sometimes feel like I am no longer part of the infertility world, like the struggle I went through no longer really matters because I have 2 wonderful boys. So my question is how do you cross that barrier to still be in that world?

Infertility is one of the worse things that I have every been through, I am a stronger person now, which is one of the best things about infertility, but I still don’t want to leave that world behind. That is one reason Chrissy and I started this blog. We are no longer struggling but we still have support to give.  How do you bring awareness to infertility when you kind of get kicked out of the “club” when you have children.

How can we offer support to others?

Chrissy and I prayed about this question for many months before we started a Facebook page and blog. We saw many signs along the way, and ignored many signs along the way.  When a friend of ours gave our names to a friend and said she felt like her friend needed someone to talk to about her journey. I will be the first to tell you I am very shy to new people so I was a little nervous about talking with someone I didn’t know, but Chrissy and I both talked to her and offered support and prayers. After that we knew what we had to do.

Infertility is near and dear to our hearts! We want to offer any support that we can to anyone who needs it.

 

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