April's Journey to Fertility: Week Thirty Seven


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 Thirty Seven: Really!
Sometimes this whole fertility journey is just too funny. Really! Yesterday a friend asked, in all seriousness, if I have ever tried using the rhythm method. I almost laughed out loud. The rhythm method? Of course I tried using that, about three years ago – before the shots, IUIs and fertility doctor visits! I am laughing about her question as I write, even a day later
Then there was the time when I had my endometriosis surgery. I told my sister what was going on and mentioned it to my dad. Not wanting to make me feel as though he was prying, my father called my sister for clarification about my surgery, and I use the term clarification lightly. She told my dad that I was having exploratory surgery on my private parts. Really! My sister later explained to me there was just no way she was going to say the word vagina to my dad. I told her there was no need to since the surgery was an internal procedure to examine my reproductive system. I was mortified.
The last two times I have been at our school’s fitness center, I have been the only non-pregnant woman there. Really! I looked around and saw many swollen bellies. Of course, what should I expect? There are pregnant ladies everywhere I look. I am pretty sure I attract them. Now, if I could just attract my own baby, I will be all set 🙂
In Qi Gong class a week ago, there was the teacher, myself and a middle aged man in attendance. Do you know what we focused on in our meditation? The male and female reproductive system – ovaries, prostate, sexual energy, etc. Three years ago I never would have imagined myself in such a class, much less a class in which we focus on our sexual organs during the meditation. It was too funny to be in a co-ed Qi Gong class talking about our private parts. Really!
I do not know for how long you have been on your fertility journey, but I know this much; finding the humor along the way certainly adds a bit of joy to what can be a demanding and exhausting process while simultaneously relieving some of the frustration and stress. There are definitely days when I look upward and ask God/the universe/myself…”Are you kidding me?” And then there are the days when I take those moments and enjoy a hearty laugh instead.
Laughing out loud,
April All Year 🙂
Below are links to April’s past articles in case you missed any of them:
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