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Dear FertilityAuthority ...

Dear FertilityAuthority, Fertility Gods, Makers of the Universe or Oprah Winfrey,

My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for four years before we finally conceived after multiple fertility treatments. At first we tried everything imaginable to get pregnant — from drinking special herbs (thanks for the advice, mom!), trying acupuncture and even doing a fertility dance (or two). I subjected my husband to multiple “Why-am-I-not-pregnant-yet?” emotional breakdowns, and I openly admit to crying at a few baby showers.

We later tried fertility treatments, failing most. But four years later, we have succeeded at one. I am now an in vitro fertilization (IVF) mother-to-be who is extremely proud that my infertility journey led me to this moment.

I am writing to you so you can bring hope to other women and couples struggling with infertility. Please remind them that although the journey can be long and painful, the reward is worth the fight. Please send them hope when they need some, perseverance when they feel tired and strength to continue. Let them know that they WILL get through this and everything will be okay in the end. And if it’s not okay, it just means it’s not the end.

A Proud IVF Mama-to-Be

P.S.: And Oprah, if you could make all fertility treatments free, that would be helpful too.