Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Joy: Struggles and Victories with Infertility

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From Toni:

In 1997 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I wan’t married at the time, but my doctor was quick to tell me that when I did get married,  if my husband and I decided to have children one day, we could run into some problems with infertility. I can’t really decribe the emotions that followed  other than to say it was all surreal. I knew that I wanted to have children, and being told so prematurely that it would be diffificult to conceive was difficult for me to hear.

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Here’s a photo of me with newborn baby Tyra when she was about 3 weeks old in 2001.

I was one of the lucky ones.

My PCOS did not prevent me from having children, but for many women who live with the condition, it can. PCOS is definitely not the only cause of infertility, but it is one that can make women explore other child-bearing options. Heidi Hayes is the CEO of Donor Egg Bank USA and wrote this post about the egg donor process.

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Take Action Facts About the Egg Donor Process

Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate when it comes to having a baby. Many couples struggle to conceive for various reasons. Sometimes infertility is caused by disease, an infection, endometriosis, or another reproductive issue. Fortunately, couples who may have had no hope just a few short years ago now have many different infertility options to explore.  Continue reading

A Day in Her Shoes – Meet Jesse

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Jesse, aka Mama Bear, is a brand new first time mom navigating the exciting and terrifying world of motherhood. This journey is in partnership with Papa Bear, a little help from Boogie Bear (The family Pit mix), and a clowder of cats. Aside from being a very tired new mom, Mama Bear is also a full time Licensed Therapist, amateur photographer, and aspiring yogi. Read about her Mama Bear life on her blog or follow her on Facebook.

March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate the magic of all women and the variety of tasks we complete in a day, we are highlighting women from all over the world and their busy schedules. Meet Jesse and welcome to A Day in Her Shoes.  Continue reading