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Sick Beauty Standards

Sick Beauty Standards

“But you don’t look sick.” A statement so many people with chronic illness are tired of hearing. Say that to someone with a chronic illness and what they’ll really want to do is slap you upside the head and say, “That’s because I spent 20 minutes perfecting my face this morning!” Honestly, we all know makeup can turn anyone into a beauty; that’s what it was invented for! A little foundation can hide some blemishes and even out your skin…

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Give Your Heart a Break

Give Your Heart a Break

One more time around the sun, one more time passing through National Infertility Awareness Week as an unintentionally childless woman. I guess you could say this is my third time. It’s an understatement to say that a lot has gotten in the way of my attempts to become a mom. In 2014, not long after we had starting trying to get pregnant, my battle with endometriosis took the forefront. Within a span of six months, I was hospitalized, diagnosed, and…

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A Cold and Broken Birthday Hallelujah

A Cold and Broken Birthday Hallelujah

The person I was a year ago is not the person I am now. Not by a long shot. Even though I’m only a year older, I feel as though I’ve aged at least ten years in the past year. Must be a thing that happens once you hit your 30s. When I look in the mirror now, I can see the scars that the past year has left on me, both literally and figuratively. I see a person who…

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The Seasons Will Fly

The Seasons Will Fly

As I sit here spending my time as a football widow, I can’t help but think about all the goings on of the past year. My journey through infertility, through depression, through pelvic pain, through a brain tumor. I tend to do this every now and then when the calendar comes up on a specific time of year, such as a change of seasons. I don’t know why, I just do. I tend to find that my mind is either…

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Still Waiting on Baby

Still Waiting on Baby

It’s been almost a year since I had the realization that I was going to need to go on fertility meds in order to get pregnant. The thought was slightly daunting, as my body has never responded well to my hormones being manipulated by medications. Seven months on birth control in college was one of the darkest and most emotional times of my life up to that point. My periods were more painful than ever, I couldn’t eat anything except…

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Why?

Why?

As yet another month of 2016 begins and the summer ebbs on, I am left to reflect. Sorry, it’s just something I do late at night, and it’s late at night here in northeast Ohio. Or actually, really early in the morning. My previous post July-A Month in Review was a reflection on all the happenings of the month of July, as it was quite an eventful month. Deciding to have brain surgery, then having a different surgery a few…

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For This Child We Pray

For This Child We Pray

Of all the subjects I intend to blog about, this one is probably the most difficult and emotional one for me. The one I have shed the most tears over. The one I have nearly lost my mind over. There’s nothing tragic about our particular situation, it’s just that I want something that it seemsĀ other people obtain so easily (even though I know that’s not always the case.) I’m talking of course about that thief among women (and men) that…

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