Last week, my AMAZING doctor at GRS contacted me asking if I’d be open to participating with her in a news segment for FOX 5 Atlanta about endometriosis. (I rarely talk about it here on the blog, but was diagnosed with endometriosis through laporoscopy about twelve years ago.)
Crazily enough, the segment ended up being filmed only a few hours after I found out about our low beta a thousand years ago… Oh, wait… That was only A WEEK AGO. The longest week ago of my life. Anyway, given the circumstances, I was not my best self during filming, but managed to make it through with no tears, and lots of smiles. And it was really fun.
My doctor will be a part of our family forever, and I’m incredibly honored she asked me to join her for the news segment. It will air today at 7:30am, 9:30am, and possibly 5:00pm, Eastern time.
The interviewer asked me to provide him with some pictures of me, including a high-school picture, pictures of Bonnie’s birth, and other pictures of Bonnie. Choosing which pictures to send him brought back so many wonderful memories, and reminded me of the work God has done in me over the past ten years.
Here are some of the pictures I considered, although I didn’t send him all of these. He asked me only to send a few, and I sent a lot, so it will be interesting to see which ones he selects!
This picture was taken a few months after my high-school graduation in 2006, a couple years after being diagnosed with endometriosis:
Wedding in 2010. We knew before we married that starting a family would be difficult for us, but there is no way we could have imagined what that would end up looking like in the longer-term:
After 6 cycles of Clomid (4 of which were the highest dosage possible,) 3 cycles on Metformin, 3 failed IUIs, 1 IVF cycle that was cancelled after the egg retrieval due to severe ovarian hyper-stimulation, 17 embryos biopsied, and 2 embryos transferred through FET, I had a fantastic pregnancy. I contribute this to the grace of God, lots of long walks, and consistent chiropractic care. This picture was taken just days before Bonnie’s arrival.
One of the best days of my life, June 15, 2014:
We have the best birth story:
Bonnie at 1 week old:
Bonnie at 3 months old:
One of the last times she’d ever keep a headband on her head. Grrr….
Bonnie at 10 months old:
One of my favorite spots in the house. Bonnie and I have shared so many precious moments here. Reading, snuggling, nursing, singing, praying:
This is one of the only pictures I could find of all three of us!
My heart is breaking now, and the past week has been incredibly difficult. I went to sleep crying last night, and my heart actually, physically hurts. But my heart is also very full. Since being diagnosed with endometriosis over ten years ago, and then PCOS nearly ten years later, God has done so much in me and for me. He’s done things greater than I ever could have asked or imagined. That has been the anthem of this blog from the very beginning, because it’s been the testimony of my life. What a mighty, merciful, magnificent God we serve!
“Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we could ever ask or imagine, through the power at work in us.”
-Ephesians 3:20, The Voice translation
A reader emailed this prayer to me last night, and it is so fitting for this season that our family is walking through right now:
LORD, you are my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in you, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to you. Thank you for arming me with strength and making my way perfect. In the name of Jesus I can face challenges with wisdom, understanding, intelligence and supernatural ability because your Word dwells in me richly. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen. — Germaine Copeland