We Are All Made of Stars started out as a training blog and has evolved into something much more. First, with Mom's cancer diagnosis, and then with the fertility treatments, blogging has helped me do something positive and constructive with my thoughts, feelings and fears. Connecting with others on a similar path has brought me strength and joy amidst the emotional roller-coaster that comes with both of these life-changing events.
And who knew there were others going through the exact same thing as me? Just last week I received this comment on one of my posts:
Pretty incredible, right? We have since started emailing each other, and I look forward to following her journey. I definitely wouldn't have connected with her in the Newlywed-also-undergoing-fertility-treatment-while-facing-Mom's-stage-IV-cancer-diagnosis forum.
Blogging also serves to document small joys and experiences with Mom, and the type of growth and progress that you just can't see when you're in the thick of it. I've already found myself reading some things I wrote right after her diagnosis and realized okay, I guess I have made some progress. I've probably developed more resiliency in the past year through these trials than in the pervious decade.
Since I'm always looking to increase readership and find others on a similar path, I started following blogs on Fertility Authority.
FertilityAuthority is a comprehensive, interactive online network for women — and men — seeking fertility and infertility information, advice, referrals and appointments.
On a whim, I decided to send in a writing sample and inquire about becoming a blogger for their site. I wasn't expecting to receive a response from Jennifer Redmond, Co-founder and Editor-In-Chief, asking to schedule a call to "meet" me. Our conversation went really well, and she gave me the go ahead to become a blogger for their site! Surprisingly, there is even compensation based on the number of views my blog receives, up to $500 per month. Realistically, I'll probably earn $75 a month...if I'm lucky. But the prospect of payment for my blog has allowed me to joke with my husband that I am now a paid, professional writer. I have found myself working phrases such as byline and my editor into more than one conversation with him.
Below is a screenshot of my first blog posting over there. My editor (see, it's easy!) said I can only publish original content on their site, so please visit Fertility Authority to read the rest of my post. It summarizes everything leading up to IVF cycle number two, which I am about to start. I have an appointment at HRC on Monday and am hoping to officially enroll in the clinical trial at that time.
Click HERE to finish reading my first blog posting on their site.
Our miracle RAINBOW BABY BOY arrived 8/2018
1st IVF = BFN
2nd IVF = Baby A, born May 2015
3rd IVF = Miscarriage at 14 weeks
4th IVF = BFN
After we paid for 5th IVF, positive pregnancy without IVF!
Because the important moments in life just don’t fit in a status update! I started this blog when I was training for my first ½ Ironman, (70.3 miles) to record what I hoped would be growth and progress but ended up being a huge learning experience. Although fitness is one of the key ingredients to a happy life, it certainly isn't the only ingredient. My blog has evolved to document growth, progress and setbacks in other areas too. From my surprise proposal in Rome and wedding in the fall of 2013, to Mom's devastating stage IV cancer diagnosis and death 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant. Who knows what shape it will take, but thanks for being along for the ride.