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Light Sources

 December 30th, 2016

{October 6, 2016}

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Montauk, NY. While there, I was able to tour the Montauk Lighthouse. It was breathtaking in its perch on a cliff high above the shoreline. Its history runs deep and has touched the lives of countless men and women who’ve traveled the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Lighthouses have been around since ancient times. Their light serves as a protection and navigational aide to marine pilots. I was fascinated as I read the stories of the countless seaman who, throughout history, have navigated the cold northeastern waters off the coast of New York. I thought of the hope these lighthouses gave countless men and women as they tried to reach the shore safely. As I touched the names on the monument there, I could almost picture the faces of the people who held out hope in finding the light … Hope that the light would break through the dark and guide them safely to shore.

While you and I may not be seaman by trade, we travel the turbulent waters of infertility. Whether you’re navigating them now or have made it to shore, you know how important finding a light source is. Finding that source — whether it be a friend, a sister, your mom, a blog — it doesn’t matter, but find it and cling to it. You need to. The light you find can give you hope … direction … maybe even remind you why you’re out there trying in the first place. When it feels dark and you’ve lost your way, turn back to the source. It will be there to guide you home.

I would like to say I’ve made it to the other side of infertility, but in a way that’s not entirely true. I live every day with a little bit of fear knowing that I have to venture out to sea again in hopes of growing my family. And, while I still face another journey sometime in the future, I have made it to shore and hope that I can be a light source for you. It took me a while to get here, but over time I have been able to ignite a flame and fan it so that it was large enough to share with others. If you’ve made it to the other side and are standing on the shore, you may consider being that light source for someone else. Chances are, someone else you know is probably going through infertility. Sharing your journey can give light to someone who lives in the dark.

Wherever you’re at on your journey, we’re out here together. Let’s find the light … And be the light.




Hi! I’m a proud IVF mom of two amazing boys, thanks to the expert care at Fertility Specialists of Texas. I know, first hand, how lonely infertility can be, which is why I write personal entries for the FST blog  — it’s my way of helping break through the isolation. To let you know you’re not alone. And, neither am I. If you ever want to chat with someone who’s had empty arms, who knows the heartbreak of this journey, I’m here. And, I’d love to connect: fstivfmom@gmail.com.

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