I am back from the AAFCP Annual Meeting, and spent the majority of my 29th birthday driving - through South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. That may be a record for number of States in 12 hours on one's birthday.
It has not been a terrific day, however. While it started out wonderful, as I basked in the glory of God and His works in a dear friend's life (Check out Pray, Hope, Don't Worry)... it was also a day of mourning for me and my FIRST group of online IF buddies. Because today, we lost one of our own.
The "MGs" as we call ourselves, are a group of 12 amazing women who have all dealt with infertility, subfertility, and/or miscarriage. I met them on an online message board and chat rooms, and several of us have met IRL. MGs stood for "Mean Girls," because we were known for calling out the stupidity of some of the other board members (for example: "Can I stick an hpt in my toilet, I peed by accident and forgot to pee on the stick??") One of us, however, never really quite fit the definition of "Mean Girl," but we loved her so much we allowed her to stay :)
Kathleen was given a less than 2% chance of ever conceiving on her own. Shortly thereafter, you guessed it, she and her DH were expecting their miracle baby! When the baby was almost a year old, Kathleen was diagnosed with a very serious, life-threatening cancer. Her battle turned from Beat Infertility to Beat Cancer seemingly overnight. While she triumphed over the first, this morning she lost the second.
There are no words. But my consolation, and I hope what will be the consolation for her family and her DH now, is in the sweet angel of a miracle daughter that they will always have with them. A piece of Kathleen. Now, even more of a miracle than we ever even realized.
On a more positive note, I got to meet 2 amazing women this week- 1 was Dr Gianna, and let me just say she is TALL and gorgeous, with perhaps THE most beautiful toddler I have ever layed eyes on :) The second was one of my readers, that I discovered by accident!! I was speaking to a fellow Practitioner who was at her first AAFCP meeting, telling her about my treatments with NaPro, etc (as she is just now beginning with NaPro)... and suddenly she goes, "Ummm... do you by any chance have a blog??" Hahahaha!!! I'm pretty sure I turned beet red! BUSTED! I've been exposed!!
I have a ton more to write, most specifically about the hour long conversation I had with Dr. B (Ireland) about my case. More on that later.
Post-op with Dr S. tomorrow! Stay tuned.