April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately three years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 67: Season of Hope
It seems as though I blinked and the holiday season was upon us; we were beginning our next assisted cycle, and the entire first quarter of school had passed. Although I love autumn and Christmastime, I do not love what falls in the middle: my birthday. With each passing holiday season, school year and birthday, I wonder if I am losing the biological clock battle, and if I am making the right fertility treatment decisions.
However, the more I think about all of these time “markers” I realize that the holidays are magical, a new quarter in school means a new start for both my students and myself, and beginning an ART cycle gives me hope. As for birthdays, are any as fun as your sweet 16 or your 21st? Maybe the first birthday when I am a mother will be as exciting, but until then I need to appreciate life’s seasonal and biological changes. I need to embrace my ART cycle and be hopeful about our future as parents, which reminds me of what my husband said last evening…
With this holiday season comes the holiday commercials. I am actually a sucker for them; I enjoy the family oriented ones and love the holiday jingles in the background of the commercials that pepper television programs during this time of the year. One of the well-known jewelry commercials came on last night. In the commercial, a mother is rocking her infant next to their beautifully lit tree and her husband gives her a piece of jewelry as he makes a comment related to how much he loves her and their baby. Although the commercial can be a bit over the top, my husband looked at me and said “That will be us next year.” I loved him for saying that and just thought to myself, I hope so! And as the mother in the movie Home Alone says, “Christmas is the season of perpetual hope!”
My wish is that all of you will find a renewed sense of hope and joy in the miracles of the season.
April all Year
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