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Because there are a lot of bloggers that follow me because of their own infertility journey struggles or successes, I wanted to highlight the good, bad and ugly with a link party.  Share your story.  Scream it from the roof-tops.  Have no fear and support those around you.

Today, I want to hear about you!

Share with the rest of how you got where you are, how you feel and what the next steps might be.  Share with us your emotions, your fails and your successes.  Put a face to your journey and share it.

I'm Jill and I have unexplained infertility.  Our journey to starting a family wasn't easy.  It started about 5 years ago and through each day that passed, we weren't sure that we'd ever really get to see that light at the end of the tunnel.  We had a lot of ups and downs and even when we finally had things click and we were pregnant, we were faced with another challenge. 

We were diagnosed with unexplained infertility and even though we had nothing medically proving that anything was wrong, we still weren't able to get pregnant on our own or with medical assistance. 

After doing research online and reading as much as I could about a holistic approach, we tried it and had success.  Unfortunately, we lost our first pregnancy which was complete devistating.  Shortly after a few other hiccups, we were pregnant again and that time welcomed a perfect little boy into our lives just 9 months later.

I don't know why we struggled.  I don't know why we couldn't do it on our own.  I don't know why we had medical procedures fail, but they did.  We were so upset with our journey and were so unsure of our future.

Eventually, we'd like to expand our family and while I like to surround myself with positive thoughts, I worry about what will happen when we go to try again.  I wonder if we'll be faced with the same situations and same decisions as we were the first time.  I hope this is not the case, but you never know.

My thoughts about our journey are that, they happened for some reason.  A reason that we'll never know.  It was a cruel and unpleasant 99% of the time.  It was a struggle that my husband and I had to work through and ended up making our relationship stronger.  It was something we never thought that we'd have to face, but we got through it.

I thank my lucky stars every day for the little boy that we get to hold in our arms every night and kiss every morning.  He's the love of our lives and we are just so overjoyed that he is ours.

Our journey sucked.  It wasn't fun, but now... we can't help but be happy and grateful for how things worked out.

What's the story behind your journey?


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Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "letters, 1", stating:

"what are the statistics on follistim v. clomid or other oral egg-enhancing drugs?"

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