I'm going to the Immersion Experience because I want to take the feelings of the summit further

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):

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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.

I'm going to the Immersion Experience because I'm tired of struggling in silence

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):

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What was your initial reaction when we announced the details of the Immersion Experience?

Initially, I couldn’t wait to sign up and made sure I did as soon as registration opened.  But then I thought about it; I would be travelling alone, spending a weekend with a bunch of unfamiliar women and going completely outside of all my comfort zones. Instantly I wanted to beg for my money back. And although I bounce between these polar reactions on a daily basis, I recognize that I need some self care in this area and I am in need to become unstuck!

What was your biggest hesitation with committing? How did you work to overcome this initial fear?

Honestly...my biggest fear was and continues to be meeting new people. My journey has rendered me exhausted and for the longest time I have been running on fumes and I don’t know if I have it in me to meet new people. Although I can be an extrovert around my peeps, I’m shy and honestly intimidated by most people. But...I overcome these thoughts on a daily basis knowing this will be the first time that I will be surrounded by women who really understand the heart wrenching journey of infertility. I get to be a part of a community of women in a world where I usually don’t fit in as an involuntarily childless woman.

Where are you in your Infertility journey?

Last November we had our second round of IVF which ended in a miscarriage and a DNC. My husband of 17 years and I were absolutely devastated. I have not been on any form of birth control in 15 of those years. There are a lot more deeply personal and tragic elements thrown into the mix but to keep the laundry list at a minimum; in April I turned 40 years old and that was always are like in the sand. I knew I was done so we made the agonizing decision to stop the journey towards a baby of our own. We have invested so much time and money into this dream which ended up as a brutal nightmare. So although most of our friends and family don’t understand, we are choosing us and are redefining our plan A.

Where do you feel most stuck in your life these days?

The question; “where do I go from here?” creates some “stuck” feelings. 
And honestly, I get stuck in bed sometimes. I would rather hide from the complicated-ness of my past under my duvet but every day it is getting a little better and a little easier to face the beginning of the day.

What part of the weekend are you most excited about?

I am excited to be with a community of woman that understand that a woman’s worth is not just in the children she produce. I’m excited to eat good food and drink good wine. I’m excited to meet and work with the two founders of InfertileAF!! These two badass women are so brave and strong and have helped me to realize I can be a badass too!!

What are you hoping to get out of this weekend?

I want to do some realistic goal setting and to honestly do some major self care and relaxation. I want to challenge my comfort zones, grow and heal with wine, yummy food while hanging with my peeps.

If you could say something to another woman on the fence about joining, what words of encouragement would you give them?

We are used to struggling in silence with infertility believing that we are being brave and strong while we hide our suffering. We are often not acknowledged when we are drained financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. 
Its time to acknowledge you. To invest in you. To take time for you. You are not alone. This is not about digging up the past and reliving trauma. It’s about building a community of women who are STRONGER TOGETHER!


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.


Don’t forget! $99 Early Bird Ticket Sales start soon for the 2020 InfertileAF Chicago Summit!

The summit will run from NOON on Friday April 17th - 5pm CST Saturday, April 18th.

PLUS! We will also have an extremely limited number of add-on VIP tickets for a private dinner with the InfertileAF founders! This is a highly personal meet and greet opportunity. The cost of the VIP ticket includes your dinner and drinks for the evening. Dinner will be the Friday, April 17th, 2020. The price for each VIP ticket is $120.

Those on our Mailing List will be the ONLY people with access to our Early Bird and VIP ticket sales.

Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

I'm going to the Immersion Experience to help clear my head and connect

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):

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What was your initial reaction when we announced the details of the Immersion Experience?

The day I saw the post for the retreat was the day after I found out my cousin was pregnant; with her second baby. I was in a place I knew I needed healing & needed it ASAP. I thought wow, how nice would it be to be around women that actually understood what I was going through. Tears trickled down my face as I browsed through the details. I saw it included yoga, hiking, healing opportunities & I was more intrigued. Whats so incredible was that I was looking for a yoga/healing retreat to go to in September & this was in September! I thought I probably couldn’t afford it & then the cost was the final sign. My hubby & I had almost exactly the amount left for the cost of the Arizona Immersion Experience in our “baby” account (an account we had started years ago for our baby(s) turned into fertility treatment, yet had just a little left not knowing if we’d go through a frozen cycle which we’d need to save more for anyway or what) My husband said this is perfect for you, go! Transfer the money & do this for yourself.

What was your biggest hesitation with committing? How did you work to overcome this initial fear?

I’d say my biggest fear was committing to going because I get so depressed at times & tend to isolate. I’ve never been in Girl Scouts or sororities & haven’t gone away on my own. Which sounds outstanding considering I’m 39 years old! But everything about this Experience spoke to me & I just knew I needed to do this, for myself.

Where are you in your Infertility journey?

My husband & I have been trying to conceive for 5 years. We tried natural, ovulation kits, 3 IUI’s & then the word fertility specialists came into play. I panicked & was in denial. In 2017 we went through almost 4 IVF/ICSI’s with 2 completed rounds, both failed. I think I was still in shock & extremely depressed all last year... I’ve never seen 2 pink lines. This year the word surrender came to me. So that’s what I’m working on.

Where do you feel most stuck in your life these days?

In purgatory. A feeling of limbo where I don’t quite know what to do or I’m in denial that I do know but don’t want to admit it. Giving up seems like I am weak or succumbing to failing. Everyone says to not give up, so if I do then they’ll think she must not have really wanted a baby. But in my gut I know fertility treatment needs to be over. Surrendering is my practice lately even tho anxiety wriggles it’s way in there turning all my thoughts upside down, doubting myself all over again. It’s a real ride I tell ya!

What part of the weekend are you most excited about?

The yoga, hiking & trip to Sedona sound fabulous!! But I’m actually looking forward to releasing this pain & these ideas that have been gnawing at my heart strings & making the butterflies in my stomach turn into moths.

What are you hoping to get out of this weekend?

I’m really hoping to make a decision & to be okay with my decision. To truly start a new story & live a new dream.

If you could say something to another woman on the fence about joining, what words of encouragement would you give them?

Do this for YOU. Infertility can suck the life right out of you, give yourself permission to heal. You deserve this. Surrounding yourself with others who understand what you’re going though will be most beneficial.


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.