Journey to Baby J

Patient Leader

Hi there! I’m Jennifer (Jen) and I have been battling infertility alongside my husband AJ for three years now. We tried for about a year while off and on before we got married, but officially got a diagnosis in the spring of 2018. Between my PCOS and his low sperm count, motility, and morphology we have a less than 5% chance of conceiving on our own. All of these statistics led us to IVF. We are currently undergoing IVF treatments and are gearing up for our second frozen embryo transfer that will hopefully be in a month or two. Our first transfer was successful and we finally saw those two pink lines after what felt like 100 years of waiting. Unfortunately soon after that our world came crashing down on us. We went to the doctor for our routine 9-week ultrasound to discover our little baby’s heart had stopped. We were going through a missed miscarriage. I thought infertility was hard, but this? This was unbearable. Unfortunately, there are a lot of women and men who relate to what I’m going through and I started publicly sharing my story for them. I wanted the families who are struggling in silence to feel confident and brave enough to talk about what they are going through. There are so many people who just don’t “get” infertility and loss, and I wanted to create a space where people could get a real look into what it’s like to struggle and survive this journey. I try to post everyday life on my Instagram (@journeytobabyj) and  I work really hard to keep it relatable, inspiring, and sometimes humorous by posting in-the-moment snapshots and not just those “instagramable” moments that typically cover your newsfeed. Thank you so much to whoever nominated me for this award. I promise to never stop advocating for you and supporting you on your journey. I am 1 in 8. I am 1 in 4. But I am not giving up.

Location

Champaign, IL

Nominations

Best in Show: Instagram Best in Show: Youtube Rookie of the Year
Journey to Baby J

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