You are not just a blog…

I started this blog in the new year just as we were about to begin our first round of infertility treatment with IUI (Intra-Uterine Insemination).  I started to discover other blogs like mine, and indeed other blogs some what very different to mine, but with the same dream as me – to become a mummy.  I have met some wonderful and lovely people through the blogging community who have inspired me in different ways.  No one journey has been the same and I have learned a lot by following and commenting on many blogs.  So I thought I’d share with you some people I have met along the way who have contributed something to our own journey; some of these people may not ever truly know how much they have contributed.  We have shared the ups and downs between us and despite the roller coaster ride there is still hope out there 🙂

So in order of length of following!  Here are some of the blogs I am talking about, if you haven’t met them yet, then consider this a formal introduction:

My Perfect Breakdown.  Mrs MPB (from Canada) is currently going through international adoption.  I have been following MPB for almost 11 months now and I think this wonderfully smart woman has worn her heart on her sleeve the entire time.  Everyday I see a post from her I am hoping she has found her match.

The Barren Librarian.  I started to follow this lovely lady after she became pregnant with her little cutie pie Charlotte, but she went through a lot get there.  I started to follow the Barren Librarian even though she was pregnant already because I needed positivity and inspiration – that going through all this treatment was worth it, that it is possible to beat infertility.  Infertility doesn’t give you a sigh of relief with those two pink lines, and TBL has shared her insights of this both during her pregnancy and even now as a new mummy.  I also fell in love with all her adorable fur babies too 🙂

A Silent Struggle.  Erin is now pregnant but suffered from unexplained infertility as well as losing her baby.  Erin was going through diagnosis and beginning treatment around the same time as me.  Her friendly, honest and open blog was one of the first I started to follow.

Try Try Again.  TTA has suffered from recurrent pregnancy loss and is currently pregnant after various forms of treatment after seeing a Reproductive Immunologist specialist, her story has been eye opening for me.  For someone who has suffered so much loss and sadness she is always so positive, a truly admirable quality 🙂

Que Milagro.  Ana Marie is just a fantastic blogger, she is never afraid to tell it like it is.  Ana Marie also was going through diagnosis and treatment at the same time as me, but I didn’t find her until a bit later.  Now she is expecting her Christmas Miracle in just a few weeks!

The Owl and the Empty Nest.  This lovely Owl recently went through a mini IVF and is about to embark on a Frozen Embryo Transfer…she deserves so much to see a positive result for Christmas, I am hoping so much for her because she has been through a lot recently.

In Pursuit of a Family.  If you haven’t found Ashley’s blog yet you have missed out on her exceptionally heart warming gestational surrogacy story; she has been through a tough journey, but she just kept picking herself up and is now expecting her sweet pea to arrive in the New Year.

Our Greatest Desire.  Dawn has such a big heart and has so much going on in her life I can barely keep up!! Dawn has recently become a Foster Mum! I have so much admiration for her it is off the scale. She has also suffered from endometriosis but keeps battling this horrible disease.  I love her blog because Dawn muses about many things other than just infertility 🙂

Tales of a thirty year old nothing.  This lady is going through her second IVF right now – you should follow her if you don’t already because if you miss a day you have missed out on something new to learn from this inspirational woman.

Empty Arms, Full Heart.  Wifey has proved to me that great things come to those who persevere.  This sweet lady has persevered after loss and she is now pregnant with two little ones.  Life isn’t easy carrying twins so I am hoping so much Wifey has an easier ride for the rest of her pregnancy!!

Disorderly Love.  Cesilee doesn’t just blog about infertility.  Her openness about overcoming her eating disorder and coping with PTSD from sexual abuse .  Her strength is amazing.  Sadly Cesilee recently has been through an IVF cycle with a heart wrenchingly less than desirable outcome.  But again she amazes me with her ability to reach for the positivity in life to move forward.

From Zero to Zygote.  Nara is another lady who blogs about other things that infertility.  Nara is adopted and frequently talks about her perspective as an adoptee.  Honesty is Nara’s best policy.  She also makes amazingly beautiful cakes and reminds me of all things British.  This lady has had a terribly long journey through infertility and will hopefully embark on a second round of IVF soon.

There are many other bloggers I have to thank who I have followed and have been a part of my journey…

How to Make a Baby – Sheena is about to go through IUI#3.

Baby Are you Coming? BBruComing is currently going through IVF#2

The Recurrently Hopeful Kicked recurrent pregnancy loss in the butt and is not far off becoming a mummy!

Confessions of the Reproductively Challenged – Julianna recently announced her pregnancy, naturally, after a long 4.5 long years 🙂

Turbulent Sunshine.  Lauren and Kevin have bravely shared their story with the world – infertility as a result of injury from service to his country.

Working Womens IVF.  Currently pregnant with twins after their 4th round of IVF.

The Longest Journey.  Stephanie has experienced so much loss; the last I she posted several weeks ago she was pregnant at 5W3D .  I am hoping everything is well with her.

Lonely Uterus.  Becky is currently pregnant after her micro IVF.  She hasn’t posted since her 6W scan, again hoping everything is well!

Uncomfortably Optimistic.  This lady is potentially about to embark on the journey of adoption!

Meet the Hopefuls.  Heather is currently pregnant after IVF#2.

Baby Science Project.  Rachel is just about to start a new cycle with a donor egg!

Not Pregnant in Rezza.  Recently discovering she is suffering from infertility after 2 IUIs, 2 IVFs and 7 transfers, is considering what her next steps are.

The Secret Life of Emily Maine.  This lady kicked endo’s butt and is currently pregnant!

Surviving Infertility.  Angela is currently under the process of getting rid of an Adenomyoma.

Dinks by Default.  This lady is about to start a FET from IVF#1 after PGS testing.

Maybe Baby Currently preparing for FET from IVF#2

There are others who have come and gone who still had a part to play.  But to you all….thank you X 🙂 X

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17 thoughts on “You are not just a blog…

  1. My Perfect Breakdown says:

    First, thanks for the nod. I have to say, the blogging world has opened my eyes in so many ways and I am beyind thankful for the friendships I have made throughout the world. I absolutely adore you and our friendship, thank you for always making my day a bit better.
    I also follow so many of the same blogs, and I too love them all!

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  2. EmilyMaine says:

    Woah you follow a lot of blogs! Amazing you get the time to keep up with them all. It is such a great community here and there are definitely some of my fav blogs on your list. Keep at it lovely. I know you will get there. x

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  3. libraryowl33 says:

    Thank you so much for writing this; seeing myself on your list almost brought me to tears (what can I say, it’s been a rough few weeks). You are such an amazing woman, and even though IF sucks, it would be much worse without each other. *hugs*

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  4. TryTryAgain says:

    Bless you, thank you for the shout out, that’s so kind of you. I’m an avid follower of your blog and am so hoping that the coming year is a happy one for you, it’s been heartbreaking to follow all you’ve been through so far. Sending lots of love xx

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  5. Erin says:

    Thank you for the mention! ☺️ I also enjoy many of these blogs and I’m so incredibly grateful to read other women’s experiences and encouragement every single day. And thank you for sharing your story too! You always write about interesting and analytical views of some of the most unexplainable experiences. Every one of our stories are different but beautiful.

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  6. ourgreatestdesire says:

    Okay, you made me tear up! I’m so happy we’ve found each other’s blogs because you are a huge inspiration to me! And thank you for sharing all these blogs because there are several that I’m not following yet. 🙂

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  7. Wifey says:

    You are so sweet to mention me! I have found so much inspiration from my blogger friends, sometimes it’s the only thing that kept me going. Knowing that I wasn’t alone. You aren’t alone either. I, along with so many others, are in your corner cheering you on. Don’t ever give up. xoxo

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  8. Nara says:

    Thank you for the shout out! You are one of the bloggers I always want to read (as evidenced by the rather late catch up – we’ve been away!). I really enjoy your thoughts and point of view. And blogging and the community has so helped me during this time. Thanks for continuing to bring a bit of light to all of us!

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  9. ashleykyleanderson says:

    Thank you for the kind words, my friend. I have been a bit absent of late but I am planning to take some time to catch up on your posts and update myself soon. Hope you’re doing well and enjoying the holiday season with Chris! 💗

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