When to Give Up the Dream?
The question I addressed in my most recent video was a bit of a heavy one. The question asked when we would considering giving up the dream of having our own child or exploring other options. I've spent a lot of time thinking about this and it's one of my least favourite things to think about because having to consider that there could be a time where we "give up" is a scary possibility.
I see other couples post on Facebook groups all the time about how they are been trying for 5, 8, 10 years or more to try and have their first child and I will admit that I am terrified that will be me someday. I have so much respect for all of their perseverance and ability to carry on and not give up because I don't know if I could be that strong. I'm not sure I would survive that.
As of right now though, we have no plans of giving up or quitting. In the grand scheme of things...we're just getting started. I won't get into details but we do have plans moving forward and I also have plans on how to move forward with my video series...
Seeing as things kind of came to a grinding halt due to lack of content and (frankly) lack of time on my part, I've decided to branch out a bit. I realized recently that I am only 1 of thousands of men and women struggling with infertility and infertility comes in many shapes and sizes. I can only speak from my experience as a young woman with diminished ovarian reserve and that by no means covers the experiences of those with other diagnoses or even those that have the same diagnosis as me. So I decided to go so far out of my comfort zone that I'm still wondering if I should abandon ship or not...
I reached out to the lovely people on a Facebook support group that I'm on, specifically for those pursuing IVF in Ontario, Canada. I want to share the stories and experiences beyond my own to both spread more awareness and education about different diagnoses and experiences, as well as create a sense of belonging and provide more resources for those that are in a similar situation. Part of me is really excited that I get the opportunity to connect with incredibly strong and resilient individuals and I think this will be a very rewarding project. I'm calling it "Baby Steps - In This Together." I'm hoping to have the first episode out by the end of November so stay tuned!