Because sometimes even the biggest miracles take time.
Owner, Chelsea and her husband Jason went through a year and a half fertility journey before having their twin daughters. When they look back on those first couple of months they were so excited to start their journey and make their own little family. Months went by and with each month they faced disappointment as they found out that they weren't pregnant. During this year and a half they believed that God allowed them to witness others going through the same thing, to continue to keep them encouraged. During their fertility battle, they promised God that they would use their experience to help and encourage others fighting for their own family. Our hope and prayer for this space is for other women that are going through Infertility or in the process of trying to conceive can feel encouraged by one another and believe not only for themselves but for each other.
Each month, CharleyMadelyn will be donating 10% of all the months proceeds to ones in the midst of their own fertility journey. We will be capturing their stories (if they want to share) and sharing them here as a way to encourage and empower one another through our fertility journeys.
Our July Fertility Believers: Tia & Manny Arango
We discovered we were having fertility issues in 2017. Due to my phobia of needles, I was completely unwilling to do anything medical about the issue until 2018 when my fear of needles was finally eclipsed by my fear of never being a mother. So, we tried an IUI in May 2018 that ended up failing. Then we knew we had to begin to consider IVF. We finally got everything in order to do IVF in February of 2020 and it was successful! We got pregnant. But 8 weeks later, we had a miscarriage. It was heartbreaking and disorienting. We are now recovering from that miscarriage and are actively getting ourselves prepared to do another round of IVF. IVF, for us, is about $15k out of pocket. It is not covered under insurance. So every attempt is a huge financial strain and commitment. But, of course, it will all be absolutely worth it in the end.
Our August Fertility Believers: Toni & Jonathan Pearce
Our February Fertility Believers: Whitney & Trey
When Chelsea approached me about highlighting us as one of their #fertilitybelievers, I was both humbled & honored. It’s a club that no one is lining up to sign up for — but, I’ve learned that it’s a club filled with the most fierce & authentic women. 🌈
Trey & I met in high school. What started out as a casual group meeting, turned into a beautiful friendship & eventually a relationship. 13 years later & he’s still my best friend. Even before marriage & trying to grow our family, our relationship endured “in sickness & in health” trials. As a college student, I had 2 different neurological surgeries over the span of 18 months, in which he never left my side. I vividly remember being told my body may never be able to carry children & having to share that with my 20 year old boyfriend. He didn’t flinch or waver — as loyal & steadfast as they come. ❤️
Before the birth of our amazing 3.5 year old, Lottie Belle — we had 2 early miscarriages. Again, not a club you want to sign up for. But after walking that path, we entered parenthood with a different, deeper gratitude for her miracle of life! Once she weaned ~16 months, we decided to begin just “having fun” growing our family — no tracking or “stress”. Safe to say — the Lord had different plans for us.
After 2 more early miscarriages, my body began experiencing some pretty debilitating pain & symptoms. Finding myself back & forth at different doctors, alone, during the pandemic — we finally determined I had stage IV endometriosis, that had spread throughout my pelvic cavity & into my intestines. Coupled with multiple large cysts on my left ovary & fallopian tube — with mention of the scary “C” word — we were advised that surgery was the only option, knowing that the clean-out could also lead to some removals. That was in November. 2 weeks after the surgery, we were told, due to immediate endo. & cyst regrowth (but, praise God no cancer!) — we had 3 options: birth control to try & stop the growth, hormone injections to stop the growth & also hopefully get pregnant, or an early hysterectomy.
After much prayer, many “God winks” & a complete peace in both of our hearts — we moved forward with the nightly injections (indefinitely for now, as we pray & believe for a healthy pregnancy). While we know adoption will also be part of our family story (as we’ve already begun that path of education & paperwork) — we also know with assurance that God isn’t quite finished with this part of our fertility journey (yet). While navigating appointments & classes & insurance & finances has been incredibly challenging & draining — it’s also been the most teaching & growing stage of life that we’ve ever walked together — both personally & within our marriage. We are excited & expectant (albeit, also nervous!) for the season ahead! 🎉
Thank you again, Chelsea, for inviting us to share our story! If you’re reading this & you’re part of these clubs with me & you’d like a safe place to chat — please reach out: @whitneymclamb. Our journeys & decisions & healing may look different — but, our heartache is the same. Maybe you’re reading this & you’ve never walked these paths — I can guarantee that you may know someone who does. Reach out & “hold space” & let them know you care. They may not want to divulge every detail of such a personal path — but I can guarantee, in such an “isolating” journey (filled with all the extra hormones!), the extra love & support will go a long way — at least it certainly does for me! One of my favorite things is celebrating my dear friends in their various motherhood journeys — even when there may be a twinge of grief in the waiting, after my sweet girl asks (yet again): “how much longer until she gets to be a big sister”. ✨