As I began the countdown for the new year I couldn’t help but reflect on all the personal life events I encountered in 2015. As midnight approached I kept thinking, “Isn’t it crazy how much can change in a matter of months?”
Ten months ago I found out about my second miscarriage, nine months ago doctors discovered I had Balanced Robertstonian Translocation, eight months ago I was told I have a blood clotting disorder called Factor V Liden, seven months ago I was diagnosed with bladder cancer, six months ago I found out I was pregnant for the third time, five months ago I was told I was cancer free and in remission, four months ago I heard my babies heartbeat, three months ago I launched this blog, two months ago doctors informed us our baby girl is healthy, and a month ago I started the process of preparing for a move and my husbands deployment.
To say 2015 was an eventful year for my husband and I is an understatement. All of the ups and downs we have experienced in one years time still amazes me. But what amazes me even more are the women who have graciously shared their stories here on Road2Motherhood.
I want to personally thank each and every person who has taken the time to write a story for this blog. The time and effort each guest writer has put towards their carefully selected words helps shine light on the thousands of issues couples face when trying to start a family.
Thank you Katie for sharing your story about multiple miscarriages and how to lean on others for support. Thank you Amy for leading us through the adoption process and the world of mental illness. Sarah, we are still praying for movement in Haiti and for two precious babies to arrive soon! Amy, may you continue to have #hudsonstrong strength and be a positive example to other couples who have a child with HLHS. Thank you Cherise for your beautiful and positive outlook on infertility. Thank you Karen for sharing your journey through IVF and the double blessing you get to hold everyday. Thank you Zoila for sharing your cancer during pregnancy story. Thank you Kimberly for sharing your story about your precious baby Saul and for helping your local NICU. Melinda, thank you for the encouraging story of hope after three years of infertility.
I am so honored to say that since October these stories have reached over 5,000 people in 43 different countries. None of this would be possible without your words of support, your words of encouragement, your words of resilience, and your words of hope. So thank you to everyone who has shared this blog and thank you to all the guest writers of 2015.
I wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy 2016.