When we said we know how unique and strong this tribe of Infertility warriors is, we whole-heartedly meant it. When you find like-minded people who share the same passion as you, that’s where you feel seen and valued.
We have received anonymous, raw feedback about why attendees are taking the plunge into the Immersion Experience, and, quite frankly, their words have moved us to tears.
September cannot get here fast enough!!
There is so much good work to be done. We are ALL IN on these women because they are braveAF. They give us life and continue to remind us we are better together.
Take a moment to read, please. This is GOOD STUFF (and who knows? You may see YOURSELF in their words):
What was your initial reaction when we announced the details of the Immersion Experience?
This is JUST WHAT I NEED in this season of my life. I immediately felt that the Immersion Experience was the sign or "AHA!" moment I'd been subconsciously searching for. And I've been counting down the days ever since it was announced!
What was your biggest hesitation with committing? How did you work to overcome this initial fear?
I honestly had no hesitation whatsoever.
The InfertileAF Summit truly did light this huge fire within my heart, so when I found out about the Immersion Experience, there were really no big limiting factors or fears for me.
Where are you in your Infertility journey?
We endured 6 years of infertility, 3 failed Clomid cycles, 1 successful Femara cycle that ended in a devastating loss in 2014, 5 more failed rounds of Femara, 3 failed IUI cycles, 1 failed (fresh) IVF cycle in which we transferred 2 embryos, and 1 successful (FET) IVF cycle in which we transferred 2 more embryos, and they both stayed with me.
Our fraternal twin boys were born on November 5th, 2017.
Where do you feel most stuck in your life these days?
I may be on the other side of Infertility, but I am still Infertile.
I still struggle with quite a bit emotionally.
My pregnancy with the twins was high-risk, I had several complications, and the night I delivered them, I also almost bled to death minutes after meeting my sons for the first time. They were born at 34 weeks and 3 days, and by the grace of God, did no NICU time, but we all stayed in the hospital for about 10 days because my health was poor.
Because of all of that and infertility and loss, I suffered with severe postpartum anxiety and mild postpartum depression, and still do... 20 months later.
I still have a hard time dealing with all of the trauma in a healthy way, and I put quite a bit of pressure on myself to be this "perfect" mother (which does NOT exist, by the way). I also struggle with feeling like I never measure up to my own expectations even when I KNOW my babies think I hung the moon and stars.
What part of the weekend are you most excited about?
HEALING! Or learning how to continue to heal the pieces of my heart that remain broken in a more strategic, healthy way.
I am also looking forward to making deep, lasting connections with the other ladies, and being able to grow together and support one another.
And of course an adult beverage by the pool. :)
Oh, and SEDONA!
Ok, I think I'm most excited about THE WHOLE WEEKEND!
What are you hoping to get out of this weekend?
Peace. Relaxation. New coping skills. Support.
If you could say something to another woman on the fence about joining, what words of encouragement would you give them?
I hurt alone in our journey for about 3 years before I ever spoke out about our struggles with Infertility. It wasn't until I miscarried that I stepped way out of my comfort zone and shared our story. And the support and love I received was immeasurable.
WE NEED EACH OTHER. We truly ARE better TOGETHER.
And I know cost may be a huge factor, but let me share with you this: I am now a stay-at-home-mother and my family has lived on just one income for the past 22 months. I know and understand the huge cost of infertility treatments, but in my opinion, there is just no price tag on my emotional and mental wellness- especially after suffering through infertility and loss.
I also have colossal faith that this Immersion Experience is EXACTLY what I NEED right now. If you think that's you, too... JUMP ON IN.
Feeling stuck with life during or after Infertility? We get you, honey. Let's work it out together.
Consider facing your fears head on surrounded by healing scenery and a tribe of like-minded women at the Immersion Experience in Arizona this September.