Challenges to the process of conceiving a child are not usually mentioned among the top things to be thankful for when one goes around the dinner table on Thursday, but after 2 years and counting of walking this rocky road to motherhood I realize that I have several things on which I’d like to express gratitude.
- I give thanks for greater knowledge and appreciation for the miracle of my female body and the reproductive process. I would be embarrassed by how little I knew if the average women knew any more. It is a disservice to women that we are not taught more and earlier.
- I give thanks for a stronger marriage and an enhanced appreciation for my husband’s strength, sensitivity, love, and the great gift he has given me of a safe place to pour all my disappointment, frustration, and fears.
- I give thanks for doctors who listen and truly practice medicine. Reproductive endocrinology is as much art and science and requires a level of personalization physically and emotionally that is not necessary in other specialties. Also, there is as much unknown as known. I am grateful for finally finding a physician with the humility and skill to meet me where I am and work with what my body can do.
- I give thanks to God. Fertility is faith. Faith that my body is innately fertile. Faith that diligently seeking God’s plan for my life is worthwhile in itself. Faith that as I draw nearer to Him He draws nearer to me.