we stand together

CLINENB0615-1007BW.jpegwe are one in eight. we stand together.

one in eight couples struggle with infertility. we stand together.

one third of those couples struggle with female infertility
one third of those couples in male infertility
one third of those is attributed to both the male and female.
and we stand together.

the amazing thing? not one of our stories are the same.

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if you have had to go down this road in the past or you are somewhere in the midst of that seemingly endless, curvy road, you know it is a messy one.  one that is filled with more emotions than you ever thought you could handle.

anxiety. tears. anger. hope. fear. pain. confusion. acceptance. denial. loss. defeat. joy.

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our infertility journey is filled with all of those things and more.

but you pick yourself up, and you do it. and somehow you bring yourself to go through one.more.month.

three years ago this month, we had a miscarriage..and we were devastated.
then months and months of testing.
and then there was cancer. 

that is when we became the one-third of couples whose infertility is attributed to both male infertility + female infertility.

and then there were the treatments that led us to these precious little 31-weeker miracles.

CLINENB0615-1021BW.jpgalthough I haven’t shared it yet, our story is coming because it deserves to be heard.  it is a story of grace. hope. joy.
i can assure you… we stand together.

this journey is one that is so isolating. SO painful.
the testing. the prodding. the sticks. the cramping. the bruises. the ultrasounds. the surgery. the pain. that one line when you were praying for two.
blood when there isn’t supposed to be.

not everyone’s journey ends like ours. those two pink lines may never come. there might be adoption. there might be one baby. or four. or none.
whatever your journey looks like, own it. own the ups and the downs. the feelings of hopelessness, confusion. your frustrations. and possibly your joy.

if there is one thing I have learned through our journey it is that there is power in numbers.

this week is National Infertility Awareness Week. but infertility doesn’t just last a week.  it lasts a lifetime.  it’s time to #StartAsking the hard questions. break the silence. choose hope.

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because afterall, we stand together.

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xoxo,

Lindsey

 Note: This post is written as part of the Bloggers Unite Challenge for RESOLVE.org during National Infertility Awareness Week.  It’s time to #StartAsking the hard questions and share our stories.  It’s time for our voices to be heard, so I’m going to #StartAsking you to share your story, whether you’re in the midst or have battled through it.  Afterall, we stand together.

6 thoughts on “we stand together

  1. I’m speechless. Such an emotional journey to share with everyone and what a wonderful way to help others who need encouragement and hope. Very nicely done. So proud of your courage!

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