Antiphospholipid Syndrome & Adoption: Kara’s Story [SUCCESS]

April 10, 2017

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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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