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Mom Writes Moving Letter Addressed To Her Infertility Struggles

A mom wrote a moving letter addressed to her previous infertility struggles to share what she learned on her journey to get pregnant. In a letter shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, Desiree Fortin first wrote, “Dear Infertility, I hated you.” Throughout her message, she detailed the grief she endured before she became pregnant with her triplets. “[Infertility,] you steal dreams. You break hearts. You bring grief. You consume lives. You are the reason I couldn’t get pregnant on my own. You drowned my heart in deep misery from the inability to become a mother how most women do. You told me that my body wasn’t good enough,” she wrote. Though her pregnancy journey with her husband, Ryan, was difficult, Desiree also wrote that her experience made her stronger ― even the times she sat “on the bathroom floor in complete emptiness after countless negative pregnancy tests.” “As much as I hated you, Infertility, I am also so thankful that you were my story,” she wrote. “You made me strong. Even before I got pregnant, my strength was rising. Not only did I feel like Superwoman after all of those injections, meds, blood draws, doctor visits, etc., but I found strength emotionally, as well.” In August 2015, Desiree gave birth to two boys and a girl: Sawyer Reed, Jax Ryan and Charlize Hope. Before that, Desiree was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, and after a couple of years of...
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A powerful photo series is highlighting the anguish of infertility. Las Vegas photographer Abbie Fox captured stunning images of local optician Victoria Hamilton to illustrate the painful journeys they’ve followed in their personal lives. Both women have struggled with infertility. Fox had a miscarriage last March after two healthy pregnancies and births and was eventually diagnosed with PCOS, which dashed her dream of having four children.  “We have two amazing children and after this last year I have sort of given up the idea of having another child,” Fox told HuffPost. “It just wasn&rsq...
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