Hello my lovely readers- it's been a long time since I've written. I haven't been gone, I've just been becoming. Preparing to emerge.
My last IUI cycle failed, and with it, the last hope for a second genetic child. I was emotionally exhausted, and I knew was time to move on to donor egg, but my heart just needed time to embrace this path wholeheartedly, and in order to do that, I needed to re-invent my worldview, to expand my consciousness and to deepen and broaden my understanding of love. This is what I've been doing in my absence from you.
Last month three long years of yearning and striving ended for me. Three long years of heartbreaks and grief so deep I felt that it would swallow me whole. I knew that to climb out of that place of sadness, that I would need to dive deep into the heart of my pain. So I cried. And journaled. And cried some more. And meditated. And meditated. And meditated. The deeper I went, the closer I came to connecting with the heart of life. I started to understand that we are all part of the same beautiful ocean of love and energy coursing through the universe. I recognized that my baby was as much a part of the ocean as I was, and that because of this she was already, and had always been, deeply connected to my energy and my heart. Its true that my baby won't arrive in the way I imagined, but whatever vessel brings her to me, I am already hers, and she is already mine. She is on her way.
This realization allowed me to finally emerge from that place that I inhabited for so long- a place of fear, of worry, of panic, of failure, of sadness, of shame, and of self- judgement. Day by day I continue to step out of that shell, and step into the skin of a more powerful, a more whole, and a more peaceful woman strengthened by her struggle. I brush off the dust. I look in the mirror. I am not the same. My face is weathered but strong. My heart is bruised, but wide open now. I have learned to walk through the fire. I have fought sorrow tooth and nail and now I find joy and gratitude in the simplest moments. I had to pass through that dark night of the soul to see my true worth and realize that it isn't dependent on my fertility.
So I will seek out my baby this June overseas through the gift of life granted to us by an unknown angel. I hope it will work on the first try, but if not, I know on a gut level that the right baby is waiting for me and will come at just the right time. That baby will be a child of it's donor, of it's father, and of me, but most importantly this baby will be a child of the universe and will be loved with a love as infinite as the universe itself.
We will never be the same, all of us travelers on this long road of infertility. There is no return to the time "before", to our former lives and our former selves. We can't go back to that moment before our diagnoses, before the needles, before the losses, before the grief. We are fundamentally changed at our core, but there is so much beauty that arises out of that process. Transformation can be hard, but metamorphosis is the process by which we learn to spread our wings and let our soul soar.
I send love and support out to every woman walking this painful path and undergoing her own transformation. You are brave and you are strong. You are heard. Your tears matter. Your sadness matters. Your struggles matter. I know this isn't the path any of us hoped for or imagined walking, but I hope that it is leading us, and transforming us into the beautiful mothers we are all destined to be:). Trust. Love. Hope. Namaste.