Elizabeth and her husband Dustin and have been victims to infertility for the past 7 years.
Shortly after they were married in 2010, the couple had been told that they had a 1% chance of ever conceiving naturally. Even with IVF, which they couldn’t afford, it was still highly improbable.
The couple was diagnosed with unexplained infertility; a battle they never knew existed.
Behind closed doors their reality was dark. What they never let people see, were the nights they cried themselves to sleep, the crippling pain every pregnancy announcement inflicted, and the burden of shame they carried.
It was an incredibly lonely existence that had no end in sight. The weight of sadness suffocated both and our marriage nearly fell apart, but somehow Elizabeth and Dustin held on to hope.
It took 544 days of that hope…
On January 26, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. Elizabeth picked up the phone, and her world completely stopped, frozen in time. Their fourth and final round of treatment had worked and Elizabeth was five weeks pregnant.
“We lost countless battles but in the end, we won the war against infertility.”
In the fall 2012 the couple welcomed their miracle baby, Autumn Grace, into this world.
“She was worth every single tear and every moment of heartache. She was worth the wait. The future we had once been robbed of was returned to us, and even more beautiful than we imagined it would be. I wish we could say our fight ended there, but unfortunately it didn’t.”
Elizabeth and Dustin have been trying to conceive again for 4 years now, and it’s just as painful of a struggle as it was the first time. In the last 4 years Elizabeth has had to endure 7 failed IUI’s, a chemical pregnancy and Dustin’s new diagnosis of Azoospermia. The couple is currently seeking treatment using third party reproduction, and have high hopes that this will be their breakthrough. It’s been a long and painful road, but both Elizabeth and Dustin refuse to give up and will continue to fight the family they have dreamed of.
The shame of infertility cannot win, and it will no longer keep couples like Elizabeth and Dustin silent. They want to speak up for those who are too ashamed.
“Our voice matters, and so does theirs. There is hope.”
Elizabeth and Dustin H., PA