"Chapters" is a blog I started reading after I received an email from Kelly Stamps. It was an emailed address to five women, myself included, all who have struggled with infertility. Through this email, the 5 of us emailed back and forth, and exchanged blog address, and I now follow each of these blog closely and pray for each of them by name.
Today, Amy wrote an amazing post about how God can change anything and everything in an instant. Her encouragement is to encourage other with how God has worked miracles in your life and how His plan has proved perfect. So today, although some you already know it, here is my story.
Ever since I was a little girl, all I have ever wanted was to be a wife and a mom. Well my first dream came true when I married my husband, Brant on July 20, 2007. After a year and a half of marriage, we decided to try and start our family.
I had been on birth control for several years, so I obviously got off of it, but after 14 weeks, still did not have a cycle. That began our almost 2 year long journey to have a baby. The doctors began to run an assortment of tests, but nothing seemed to reveal the cause of a lack of ovulation. I was prescribed progesterone and different hormones in hopes that my body would react to them, but it didn't. I was prescribed high doses of Clomid, but is still did nothing. Last October, the doctor told us that our next option was an infertility specialist. He had exhausted every avenue he knew of to find out why my body would not ovulate.
As I began to research infertility specialists in my area, I reached a breaking point. I was stressed out, emotionally exhausted, and scared of what the future held. So I called a dear friend of my family, Mrs. Edith. Mrs. Edith has a doctorate in natural medicine. I simply called and asked her if she would tell me something that I could take for the stress. After a long appointment with her in early November, she put me on a cell detox. Her thoughts were that since I was on birth control, the tissue and cells of my ovaries and uterus had absorbed the toxins in the birth control; therefore, my body still had the drug in the bloodstream which prevented ovulation. So, I started to take a cell detox. On January 1st, I had a cycle.
I will remember that for a long time. Brant and I felt like we had finally won a battle in this infertility war. Before I went to the infertility specialist, I wanted to exhaust my options. So we did. I continued the cell detox, got back on Clomid, and let nature take its course. After 5 months, we still were without a baby.
Brant and I began to talk about adoption more and more. We had finally come to a place where we just laid it at His feet. I told the Lord that I would be ok if I never "had" a child, but that I still desired to be a mother. I told Him that I trusted His plan, and that if He would just lead us, we would gladly follow. I remember what a peace I felt after finally giving it ALL to Him.
I never imagined that God just needed me to finally let Him have the reins before He was ready to put His plan into action. August 20, 2010 is a day that changed our lives forever. We found out that we were going to have a baby. On September 3rd, we heard the sweetest sound - a strong beating heart. Just today, I went for my second appointment and heard that same sweet sound beating at 148 beats a minute. Our baby is due on April 25, 2011.
I don't what God's plan if for my family, but He has proved Himself faithful over and over. On the days where I felt nothing but despair, He provided people to pray over me. When I felt hopeless, He provided women who encouraged me. He was my ultimate physician and healer.
In an instant, God changed our lives. I will encourage those struggling with infertility by saying this: His plan is perfect, even when we are not. Rest in Him and follow where He leads you. Remember Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you' declares the Lord, ' plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a HOPE and a FUTURE."