Detours: Unexplained Infertility, Combination IVF/ZIFT
I grew up in western Pennsylvania and was the youngest of four children. I used to beg my mom for a baby brother or sister. Mom would say, "When you grow up, Susie, you can have as many children as you want. But you are going to be the Baby of our Family." It was at that moment that I decided to become an elementary teacher because then I could "have a whole classroom of kids." I majored in English and Education in college and accepted my first teaching position in the Washington DC area right after I graduated. I met my husband, Robert Johnston, a US Naval Officer, when he was stationed at the Pentagon. I soon found out that although my mom was right about most things, she was sadly wrong about having as many kids as I wanted. However, she also taught me to never give up on pursing my dreams. My husband Bob and I struggled for nearly a decade to have our one and only child. The Navy didn't make infertility treatment any easier either. We moved 14 times in the first 12 years of our marriage and Bob was frequently deployed overseas... often for 6 months at a time! We even had a 2-1/2 year tour in the Philippines in the midst of our battle with infertility. I titled my chapter in our book, Never Tell a Navy Wife to Abandon Ship, because I never gave up on having a baby. Our son, Scott, is the joy of our lives and is a senior at the University of Michigan. I've always wanted to write a book to offer support and increase awareness about infertility. No one should have to traverse the difficult "Detour" of infertility alone. And hopefully the readers of our book will feel like ours is more like a support group at your fingertips than book. We are here for you!
Detours: Anovulation, Multiples with IUI
My name is Katie Kearney and I am so lucky. I am lucky enough to be able to say I am my kids' mom. I am also blessed to be a daughter, a sister, a teacher, a friend, and now an author. I have been fortunate enough to absolutely love my career having spent over the last 30 years in the middle school classroom. Although balancing motherhood and career has never been easy, it sure has been the best thing for me. I have survived infertility, breast cancer, and even divorce. Looking back now, each of these events has just been bump in the road--something that altered my trajectory but never took me completely off course. Lately, I have become an avid hiker—teaching me that somethings are just better when viewed from the top! Love love....
Susie Johnson Blair
I live in Southern California with my husband and daughter. My proudest achievement is the title of "Mom!" I do not regret choosing my child over my career and I enjoyed being a stay-at-home Mommy. I continue to enter and win sweepstakes. My picture is from a Caribbean trip win. I am truly appreciative and joyful for my many abundant life blessings.
Detours: Multiple miscarriages, adoption
Claire, a California native, is a gypsy island girl at heart. Raised in a small farm town in the middle of the Big Valley, she is the granddaughter of four immigrants from two Atlantic Islands, who crossed the sea to build a life in America. Her parents were restless souls who taught her life is about risk, change, and to make lemonade when life gives you lemons.
She is always at home on an island, and has made her home on land surrounded by water in Florida, California, and now Washington state, where the diversity of people, terrain, and weather are a perfect fit.
College taught her about beliefs, tolerance, and rituals. A career in high tech marketing taught her about profit, the internet, and writing. Work with nonprofits gave her insight into mission, purpose, and compassion. But the best work of her life has been raising her two kids, Luiza and Vladut, who taught her that no man is an island and how to make lemonade.
Detours: A Man's Perspective on IVF/ZIFT
I grew up in a Navy family, moving sometimes every year. I went to 3 high schools and when I went to college, it was my twelfth school. At the University of Michigan I was in the Naval ROTC Program and was commissioned as a naval officer when I graduated. I served on 6 ships and commanded two of them: USS HORNE (CG-30) and USS RENTZ (FFG-46). My early career included lots of time at sea and thus I got married a little later in life than most. Sue and I were married when I was stationed at the Pentagon. I always assumed that having children was a natural part of getting married and I looked forward to starting that part of my life. I had never really heard of folks having fertility problems until we were in the midst of it. My frequent sea tours and our overseas tour in the Philippines all put a strain on our quest to have a child.
Detours: ICSI, frozen embryo transfer, vanishing twin
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Detours: Polycystic ovarian syndrome, frozen embryo transfer
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Christina M. Ryan
Detours: Unexplained Infertility, child free
After five agonizing years of infertility treatments and intensive soul-searching, my husband and I decided to end our pursuit to become parents. My biggest fear at the time was that we would regret our choice later on and feel that our lives were somehow incomplete. I am so thankful that after over twenty years of exploring new paths, we realize that we did made the right choice.
My husband and I are happily living in California with a houseful of pets and a beautiful garden. We have traveled extensively throughout the globe, and I have a very rewarding career as a behavior scientist and wildlife conservationist. We have very special bonds with our nieces, nephews, and many of our friend’s children. We have also served as mentors to countless students and other young people through our professions and our volunteer work.
“Detours” is the book that I wish was available to me and my RESOLVE sisters during those long and difficult years. I am extremely thankful for all of the wonderful unexpected blessings I have had in my life, and I am happy to now have this opportunity to share with others who are struggling through these same challenges.
Detours: Unexplained infertility, donor egg
I live in Southern California with my husband, our 2 teenagers, a dog and a rabbit. I love books, coffee, hiking and spending time with my 3 favorite people. The years we struggled with infertility were some of the hardest in my life. I'm thankful I've had the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of being a parent. I treasure the friendships I made during those years.
Detours:Blocked Fallopian tubes/ivf
I was born on the east coast, raised in the southwest and settled in southern California. I’ve traveled to every continent except Antarctica. I’ve worked hard for the good things I’ve had in life. Nothing came easily, including having children. I feel extremely blessed to have been a stay at home mom for 13 years, then a nurse at my children’s school, and now a professor at a Nursing University. Of all of the jobs and titles I’ve had, the one I love the most is being a mother. It’s been the most rewarding and the most challenging. I have a kinship with those struggling with infertility, one that comes from walking in those same footsteps and sharing the same tears. My desire is to share hope because at times hope was all I had to forge forward during tremendous hardship.
Detours:Unexplained infertility, donor egg, unused cryopreserved embryos adopted
Energetic, athletic, intelligent, successful, married to a great guy…I had it all. I never expected to face infertility. I could not for-see our six year struggle to START a family. Struggle we did, while life went on. I had a wonderful life partner and my legal career. I was surrounded by bay and boats, adventure, travel, friends and family and my dog. Was that enough to contentedly love life and call an end to the many failed attempts to start our family? To what extremes would my husband and I go through? So many crossroads and decisions on my path to parenthood. When was enough, ENOUGH struggle? Time to move on or persevere in the struggle… These are the questions my husband and I grappled with for so many years. May you come to resolution, your struggles end. May you find friends along the way to bare your heart to and may this book bring you comfort in your journey.