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?
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.