Category: Infertility

Infertility_ You Don't Have to Struggle Alone

Infertility: You Don’t Have to Struggle Alone

I always knew I’d have children. From an early age, I loved kids. I was the neighborhood babysitter as a teenager and I gladly helped with the caretaking of my little sister when I was 18 and she came along. Growing up, I was always vocal about wanting kids. I knew it would happen.

In my 30s, I was with someone who I thought would be my life partner, but we decided we weren’t ready for kids just yet. We got married when I was 37 and we still weren’t in a hurry. There were other things we wanted to do first, including establish our careers. I knew that others had trouble with infertility past their mid-30s, but I knew that wouldn’t be me. Finally, we started “trying” when I was almost 39 years old. After about six months and no success, my husband at the time let me in on a little secret: He didn’t actually want to have kids. He wasn’t sabotaging our efforts, but he didn’t want to keep trying to conceive. I was devastated as I tried to come to terms with a life without kids. Read more

How Music Connects Us to Others

How Music Connects Us to Others

It was the summer of 1984. My older sister and I were 12 and 11, respectively. We awoke one morning and started making preparations …

Infertility_ You Don't Have to Struggle Alone

Infertility: You Don’t Have to Struggle Alone

I always knew I’d have children. From an early age, I loved kids. I was the neighborhood babysitter as a teenager and I …

Reaching Out Could Save a Life

Reaching Out Could Save a Life

Note: If you are suicidal and need immediate support, please contact the Multnomah County Crisis Line at (503) 988-4888, …