Today’s success story is about a woman named Kara. She met her husband when they were kids and started trying to conceive shortly after getting married. After two years, they finally saw a reproductive endocrinologist, who couldn’t find anything wrong with Kara or her husband. Multiple doctors later, the diagnosis was still unexplained infertility. After taking a break for about a year, she and her husband conceived naturally, which sadly ended in a miscarriage. After two more miscarriages and a doctor pushing for IVF, they finally received a real diagnosis. Let’s listen to how Kara and her husband ultimately decided on an open adoption after trying to conceive for the better part of a decade. Grab your tissues, ladies, this one gets pretty emotional.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- How she and her husband met as kids in Houston
- How she became an elementary teacher for a while to raise her stepson while trying to conceive
- Two long years of trying, and the first RE appointment
- A year-long mental break from trying, then a natural conception and early miscarriage
- More natural conceptions and losses, then diagnosis of a blood-clotting disorder
- The darkest time, grieving the loss of a dream
- How writing and painting helped cope with disappointment
- What helped: seeking out time with friends with understanding and Godly counsel
- A fond memory: sharing the first pregnancy news with family
- Why Kara did not enjoy being a stay at home mom and opened her own business
- How the decision was made to adopt
- Why they chose open adoption based on its benefit for the child
- Kara’s involvement in an infertility support group at church and volunteer work at a pregnancy center
- How infertility has changed Kara’s perspective about being thankful for what she has: “Infertility has no more ownership over me.”
- Kara’s advice to herself back then: “Don’t get so wrapped up in what you don’t have. Don’t compare your life to someone else’s. Pour life and love into what you do have.”
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