Infertility’s Impact

hand-garden-flower-dandelionOn April 10 we received the confirmation through surgery that we are not able to have children. I was in shock. I underwent the surgery to find out if I have endometriosis and if so to clear away problem growth to make it easier to get pregnant. I was not prepared for the doctor to tell us the damage cannot be reversed. The massive weight of this news didn’t start hitting my heart until four days later.

The past weeks have been a roller coaster of emotional ups and downs. In the downs, I have never felt this level of grief before. Hours of ugly crying ensues. On those bad days I am afraid to interact with the world around me. It feels like emotional land mines are everywhere. Even making my doctor’s appointment the other day I was bombarded with the dreaded, “why don’t you have kids yet,” question.

It has been a long journey. Four and a half years of trying, hoping, praying, wondering…suddenly ended. Years of testing… done forever. The Death of a Dream.

Scripture says, “hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Prov. 13:12). Let me tell you my heart has been throwing up all over the place. I’m realizing that this isn’t like other pains and hardships I’ve experienced in my life thus far. This is something that is life-long. I know the majority of the pain will be healed but it will always be there at some level – like a battle scar. There will always be baby showers, birthing stories, pregnant friends, and people who won’t understand. It feels like being suddenly cut off from a shared experience of 80% of the women I know.

Today is a good day. My heart is hopeful and my eyes are on Jesus. I know He knows and He cares. Scripture says He was, “a man of sorrows, acquainted with the deepest grief” (Is. 53:3). He is with me in this pain. He is actually the only One who can fully understand it. I’m clinging to truth about Him today. He is faithful. There are other days when clinging to truth doesn’t come so easy, but today, this is where I stand.



11 thoughts on “Infertility’s Impact

  1. Dawn says:

    it is always something some of us will deal with. A reality we can’t escape. BUT GOD will continue to give you strength in this journey- always faithful. Praying with you!

  2. Dacia says:

    Oh, Liz, my heart aches for you. I will continue to pray for you as you deal with this news. I pray God will grant you the desires of your heart one way or another!

  3. Andrew says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Liz. I am sure that your experience will encourage many women who are also suffering in this manner.

  4. Kirsten Samuel says:

    Beautiful words to express what so many women feel. Thank you, Liz, for being vulnerable. I know your journey will bring encouragement to others.

  5. Kathy says:

    I also went through infertility. I understand what you feel. Words are inadequate to describe the pain and the sense of loss, but you will move on after you take time to grieve. There are many ways to create a family, and I hope that you eventually find the family that you were meant to have.

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