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My Fertility Journey: 13 Things I’m Grateful For

November is the month of giving thanks. I’m one of those who jumped on the Facebook bandwagon and have been sharing a grateful post each day of the month. These little daily affirmations got me thinking about my fertility journey. 

As difficult — and heartbreaking — as the past 19 months have been, there are also some really amazing and wonderful things that have happened along the way. I thought I’d spread the gratitude by sharing 13 things about my fertility journey that I’m thankful for (in no particular order).

You can check out the exact details of my journey here, if you’re new to my story.

  • My Fertility Center 1 of 13
    Fertility Journey Blessings

    I am grateful for my fertility center. I always feel safe, respected, and well-cared-for there. I've enjoyed spa treatments at their wellness center upstairs, and I simply adore the staff there.

    Visit CNY Fertility Center's website 

  • My Wife 2 of 13
    Fertility Journey Blessings

    I'm grateful for my wife. My wife has been my rock through out this entire process. Always there to hold me tight and wipe away my tears. I try to be as gentle with her feelings during this journey as she is with mine, but I know she's got me beat. 

  • My Ultrasound Tech 3 of 13
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    I'm grateful for my ultrasound tech, who is also my fertility nurse and is amazing. She's pretty much the only one I'll see there, like she's my own personal nurse. My wife and I have joked about naming a future daughter after her. That's how much we adore her.

    Photo: iStockphoto

  • My Friends 4 of 13
    Fertility Journey Blessings

    I am grateful for my friends. I have the best friends on the planet. They have been right there with the right words — which are sometimes no words other than an "I love you," or "I'm thinking about you." Sometimes, it's even a simple heart text. I know I am loved.

    Photo: iStockphoto

  • My Mom 5 of 13
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    I am grateful for my mom. My mom (that's her in the picture!) has been supportive every step of the way, including when she stepped up to the plate when my wife was living away for work. My mom was the one to inject my 1 and 1/2 inch progesterone needles into my upper butt/lower back area, and she was also the one to bring me to my IUI. 

  • My Readers 6 of 13
    Fertility Journey Blessings

    I'm grateful for my readers. I've "met" some pretty incredible people along this journey. My readers have helped give me strength through their encouragement, and by sharing their own struggles. I can't express enough how much these connections mean to me.

    Photo: iStockphoto

  • My Clean Bill of Health 7 of 13
    Fertility Journey Blessings

    I am grateful for my clean bill of health. One of the upsides to all this craziness is having learned how healthy I am (though, that does make my infertility that much more frustrating; sometimes, I wish there was a simple reason). I've had a full panel of blood work done — STDs, genetic mutations, you name it. I've regularly gotten my blood pressure checked. My ovaries are awesome. My tubes are great. My uterus is beautiful. And while I wasn't really ever concerned that something was wrong, it's great to know that nothing is.

    Photo: iStockphoto

  • My OR Nurse 8 of 13
    Fertility Journey Blessings

    I am grateful for my OR nurse. The OR at the fertility center is a pretty intimidating place. It's scary and stressful to go under anesthesia, have a doctor suck eggs from your ovaries, and never know how any of it is going to turn out. My OR nurse always makes me feel safe and at ease (as much as I can be). She always has a positive word — and a hug. 

    Photo: iStockphoto

  • Babble 9 of 13
    Fertility Journey Blessings

    I am grateful for Babble. I couldn't imagine what this journey would be like if I was silent. I can't imagine how much more difficult it would be if I didn't have an outlet — if I didn't have Babble — to share my story. The editors here are so caring and supportive, and I'm happy to have gained a real friend among them. 

  • My Family 10 of 13
    Fertility Journey Blessings

    I am grateful for my family. My family has played a critical role in my fertility journey, as they always do with all I'm involved in. My parents have been incredible. My brothers and their wives — even their children — have been with us every step of the way. My three living grandparents (my dad's parents and my mom's mom) always check in to see how we're doing and to send us love and kind words to keep at it. I've got the best cousins, aunts, and uncles anyone could have. My family is THE BEST.    

    Photo: iStockphoto

  • My Insurance 11 of 13
    Fertility Journey Blessings

    I am grateful for my insurance. While I'm leaving my current job in a couple of weeks, it has provided me with incredible insurance that has covered nearly all of the costs for my fertility treatments — everything except the cost of sperm. My last calculation of what's been covered is just over $30,000. My insurance rocks.

    Photo: iStockphoto

  • My Coworkers 12 of 13
    Fertility Journey Blessings

    I am grateful for my coworkers. I have the best coworkers anyone in the world could ever have. Many of these amazing people have become friends, and all of them were there when I began this journey, they were there to celebrate the news of my pregnancy, then the news of that being a twin pregnancy — and they were there when I lost the twins. 

    Photo: iStockphoto

  • My Pregnancy, Even Though I Miscarried 13 of 13
    Fertility Journey Blessings

    I am grateful for my pregnancy. I had the best and most wonderful pregnancy for 17 weeks and 1 day. My symptoms were practically none, less a little bit of heartburn and gas. I loved being pregnant. And I don't remember a time that I was ever happier. Yes, my heart breaks that I lost my twins. Yes, I miss them every single day. But it would be unfair of me to ignore the time I did have with them, and the very wonderful pregnancy I had — even though it was short and ended tragically, my pregnancy was a blessing. 

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