April's Journey to Fertility: Week Thirty Eight


April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately two and a half 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 38: A little review
Before I began writing this week’s article, I took a quick look my past articles, paying particular attention to their titles. What I consistently notice is that my titles themselves are fairly upbeat and encouraging. But as we proceed forward with the next step, which is IVF, I find those anxious feelings creeping in via that little voice in my head that wickedly whispers every single reason why I might possibly be unsuccessful. Although we are currently taking this cycle off, I know that I have some serious preparation to do in terms of appreciating my current place . I know that I need to keep at it and trust that by taking this process a little bit at a time everything is going to happen when it is supposed to happen and how it is supposed to happen.
The problem with following all of my own advice is that I sometimes have to re-focus my energy so that I can truly believe what I am saying to everyone else. There are certain steps I take in order to keep my energy upbeat and focused. First, I have committed to regularly exercising. One of my friends, also one of my exercise partners, said she noticed that I have had a better aura since we started exercising. (I think this is a compliment 🙂 My husband noticed that I am taking less work home and am more productive overall. But exercise is only one action I can take to keep my energy focused and upbeat.
Sporadically, I have taken an interest in meditation and have, in phases, practiced meditating which helps me to clear my mind and to be calmer. But you know what? I really do not meditate on my own consistently. I intend to, and I even believe I am going to meditate regularly. Then I get busy or decide to watch one of my recorded programs. So instead of meditating I run an errand, do work, or watch television. However, when I participate in a group activity (exercise or meditation) I become more accountable. Just like with my exercise routine which involves working out with others, I have decided to work on my meditation by practicing Qi Gong in a class. I have already noticed a difference during the weeks I do not participate in Qi Gong class and would encourage anyone in the Rochester area to attend one of Shelly’s classes. The hour long session focuses on body movement, breathing and meditation so that my mind feels a bit clearer and my body a bit more energized by the time I leave.
My intention for you is that you would figure out what it is that helps you remember that making yourself a priority allows you to have a little bit more faith in everyone and everything else.

April all Year

Below are links to April’s past articles in case you missed any of them:
Week thirty seven: Really!
Week thirty six: Thankfully
Week thirty five: Groundhog Day… Again
Week thirty four: Empowerment
Week thirty three: Fearful
Week thirty two: Life’s Haze
Week thirty one: Feel Fabulous
Week thirty: Counting Your Blessings
Week twenty nine: The Holidays
Week twenty eight: Making yourself a priority
Week twenty seven: The truth is…
Week twenty six: Making a Plan
Week twenty five: Attitude of Gratitude
Week twenty four: Giving
Week twenty three: De-cluttering
Week twenty two: The Voice from Within
Week twenty one: Marital Bliss Part II
Week twenty: Marital bliss and infertility
Week nineteen: The changing seasons
Week eighteen: Grand Opening
Week seventeen: Trust your place
Week sixteen: Labels
Week fifteen: Keeping the faith
Week fourteen: Keep at it
Week thirteen: Maya Abdominal Massage
Week twelve: Acupuncture
Week eleven: A little bit at a time
Week ten: Well-timed reminders
Week nine: Summertime
Week eight: Resiliency
Week seven: Tiny miracles
Week six: Bahama Mama
Week five: The right path for us
Week four: Our fertility treatment “break”
Week three: Deliberate choices
Week two: This moment
Week one: My story