We are finally experiencing some nice weather here so we are determined to spend lots of time outside. As I was snapping photos of E playing, I was reminded just how fast time is going by. She will be 20 months old soon and it just blows my mind. She has so much personality and really has a mind of her own. We are constantly amazed by her.
While watching her play, we were also reminded of how absolutely lucky we are to have her. This week is National Infertility Awareness week and it is important to acknowledge all those who have struggled and continue to struggle with this. We experienced a difficult journey for 7 years that included a variety of treatments, shots, surgeries, and heartache. We truly never thought that we would ever experience the joy of being parents. Even though we have E it does not change what we went through to get to this point, it was a very dark time and a journey that changed the both of us.
1 in 8 experience infertility and it is something that is not spoken about enough. There is still a very real stigma that exists. Some are afraid of judgement and some feel that the emotions are just too raw to discuss publicly. I hope that by talking about our journey even now will encourage others to not give up hope. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, I promise.
You might not know it but there is likely someone in your life that you know personally or just casually that is experiencing infertility. They made me afraid to talk about it and that's okay. If you know someone who is struggling with this, let them know that you are there for them, even if it's just to listen.
To all those who are going through this, know that you are not alone. There are so many out there who understand and are here to support you. You are loved and supported, today and everyday.