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"I’m Caryn and I choose to wear the AWARE necklace for infertility. We suffered though 5 years, 15 treatments, 5 miscarriages and the loss of a child to finally get us to the family of our dreams. Infertility still has a stigma attached to it and I am trying to change that one person at a time. I proudly wear this necklace so that other women know that I support them and know what it’s like to be in their shoes. It’s beyond heartbreaking when all your friends and family are making pregnancy announcements and you so badly want to make one too. So I stand with the couples who are the 1/8 who must travel the infertility journey. I applaud you as you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other each day. I stand with you though the daily blood draws, ultrasounds, indecent exposure of your privates, doctor appointments and test tube baby making. I’m with you when you have been asked for the hundredth time “why don’t you have any children”?. I share the sting from the sometimes multiple shots and the bruises you wear being a part of the club you didn’t ask to join. But mostly, I want you to know that it will happen to you and that you should never give up on your dreams. Baby dust to all the mamas in making. I love you and I see you and I stand with you!"  @carynrich

 

"I’ve struggled with Infertility for a couple of years. But finally February 2018 I found out I was pregnant. Expecting my first child. It was really hard to believe after trying for so long I was finally pregnant. After the doctor confirmed my pregnancy through a urine & blood test, it became surreal. I was hoping for a girl but either way just wanted a healthy baby. At my 2nd doctor visit I was told we see the sac but we don’t see a baby. I was confused and holding tears back. The dr explained that a empty sac know as anembryonic pregnancy is when the embryo failed to develop in my case it could be that or it’s just to early to see the baby. The dr wanted me to schedule another appointment & told me not to worry. I cried so hard on the way home. Still trying to process what the doctor said. When I went to my 3rd Doctor visit , my doctor confirmed she could see the baby. I got to see my baby & his or her heartbeat flicker. I got pictures to take home. I was just so happy & in awww. My due date was set for October 19th 2018. Since the heartbeat was flickering weak the doctor wanted me to schedule another appointment. I didn’t think anything of it because I was still early. At my 4th doctor visit , the doctor confirmed the baby had no heartbeat and to prepare for a Miscarriage. Just like that i felt like my world was over. I felt defective, super depressed, and suicidal. I am beyond thankful for my man that was by my side from the beginning at every doctor appointment. He helped pull me out of this deep depression that turned me evil while he was dealing & processing it on his own he always put me first. Through this I still had a decision to make. Do I want to let the baby pass naturally or do I want to have a D&C. Mentally , physically, & emotional I knew I couldn’t bare to let my child pass naturally & see it so I choose the D&C. It took me 8 months to break my silence surrounding my miscarriage. But once I did, my man & I started a non profit organization called Remember The Babies Foundation which breaks the silence surrounding miscarriage, still birth , & infant loss. I learned the more I tell my story it helps me connect with women who have been through the same devastation as me. It’s a comfort & helps the healing process to tell my story & also listen to theirs." @rememberthebabies

 

“Hi, I am Karin, I live in London, UK. I am a member of a club that no-one wants to be a member of......The infertility club. It sucks beyond belief! This is how it normally goes; you meet your partner, you move in together, you get married and a few years down the line you decide to start a family. We did all that, except no babies appeared. I went to my doctor who could find nothing wrong with us and we got a referral to a fertility-clinic. They recommended IVF. So treatment begun....It’s just horrid from start to finish, physically and mentally, but you endure it, because you do anything to have a baby. Over the past years we had 3 treatments, all unsuccessful. About a month after our last treatment, my body didn’t seem to heal, so I went back to the clinic for a check-up. The nurse turned around and said; Congratulations, you are pregnant. I thought she was joking. I had fallen naturally, probably with the help of the IVF-drugs still in my system. That happiness lasted for 10 weeks, when I miscarried on the floor at home. Infertility can be a very lonely place to be in and I decided to get a Aware-neckless to show people in similar situations that you are not alone. Far from. The Ttc-community (trying to conceive) on IG is a great place to find people who really get it. It saved my mental health knowing you are not alone and that there is others to talk to. After 3 failed IVF-treatments, thousands of £’s later and a whole lot of soul-searching, we are about to embark on yet another round of treatment. This might be the one who gives us our own child. Our own little Robin. Fingers crossed. Find me at @thequestforbabyrobins

 

“Hi there, I’m Chelsea Caris and I am from Oakdale California! I wear my necklace to raise awareness for those who suffer from infertility. I, myself am 1 in 8 women who suffer from inconclusive or unexplainable infertility. My husband and I were pregnant with twin boys Ethan and Kyle. Very late in my pregnancy something went wrong and ended up losing both of our boys. Since then, we’ve had 3 miscarriages and now aren’t getting pregnant. We started our fertility journey in February of 2019. We have gone through several IUI’s and are now moving on to IVF. The hormones, the emotions, the questions, the heartache are all part of the process, but I am confident that god has a plan for us and our family. As hard as it is, keeping calm and confidence in yourself is the hardest part but so incredibly necessary to make it through. Not having answers as to why this happens to “you” and not others can eat a way at you, so keeping the faith in your body and self is essential. To anyone who’s going through infertility, I see you, I am you, and my heart is with you.” @chelscaris

 

“Hi! I’m Cathie Quillet and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Nashville, specializing in infertility and pregnancy loss. Not only do I treat those in this season of life but I walked this season also. Almost two years into marriage, I was diagnosed with endometriosis and then PCOS. During our four years of trying to grow our family, we had four first trimester miscarriages. I was angry, depressed and alone. My husband and I did the hard work and came out better for it, even though I will never carry biological children. You see, one of my miscarriages bled into my uterus instead of out so I was forced to have a hysterectomy in my early 30s. I want people to know that there are options for healing and growth during this traumatic time. I have created an online therapeutic resource to help those struggling. You can find it here:www.themissingpeaceproject.com or @themissingpeaceproject You do not have to go through this season of infertility alone or without resources.” @themissingpeaceproject

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