Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ladies First- Infertility Support continued

The evening continued with a presentation of answers from previously recorded surveys.  On Monday evening, each woman in that room had been affected by infertility.  As I looked around the room, I did not feel threatened or discouraged.  No one had their infertility score card out.  These women attended with the sole purpose to provide support to others. n When I'm reading on certain infertility forums, I often like each woman is always trying to explain how her infertility is "worse" than someone else's.  Each and every couple's journey is different.  Whether we have struggled for one year or ten years, we hurt nonetheless.

Sidenote/ random thought:  
I know that Resolve has a chapter of infertility support that meets in Birmingham, but I have never thought about attending.  Honestly, I was afraid of the women I may encounter there.  For so long, I was in a drak place when it came to our fertility struggle.  I don't want to EVER go back there.  Along with that, many people seek counseling while seeking infertility treatment.  Brandon and I have not sought formal counseling, but we have talked and kept open communication with so many people in our faith family at church.  I know that these infertility counselors seek much training to help in these particular types of situations, but they are not able to provide biblical support like my church does.

I was gladdened to hear many women talk about the doctors at ART.  We have been patients there for nine months, and it's always assuring to hear more success stories!  Also, one of the ladies present was a customer that visits me at work.  She and I had talked before about struggling to conceive.  It just proves that Jesus' love is everywhere.

There is talk about forming a group for infertility support.  It will be open to all, regardless of their church home.  As it forms, I plan to invite women from my church as well.  Once I know more details, I will share here.  This is part of what God called for me to accomplish.


  1. This is so neat! I'm so glad you're able to be a part of putting together a ministry like this!! :)

  2. Courtney - I'm so glad you came to the meeting on Monday night! Thank you for sharing about your journey, your blog, and your faith. It was so encouraging! I'm really excited to see about where this ministry opportunity goes, especially since our local support group at Westwood will no longer be able to meet. I didn't get a chance to tell you the other night, but we also went through ART. Dr. Honea was my Dr., and Dr. Allemand did my IVF retrieval in April. This was our first IVF attempt, and although I had the OHSS complications, emergency surgery for ovarian torsion, and the loss of one baby around 9 weeks, we are expecting a little boy in January! Keep the faith, my friend - God is so good! All your signs sound like good signs. I can remember feeling nauseous a few days before my beta test too. Praying for you!

  3. I agree. I feel like a lot of IF patients have a score card...and I find myself guilty of that at times. I don't do it on purpose and I try to be conscious of it but I know I'm not successful 100% of the time. I try to just tell my story but sometimes the "score card" sneaks out before I even realize it.


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