Megan & Dan:
My name is Megan and I am an infertility survivor. My husband, Daniel, and I began our journey to parenthood in 2010. After a year of trying to conceive, a miscarriage, and depression which led to me quitting my job it was evident to me that I needed to find someone to connect with. I needed a support system that understood my pain. Many nights of crying and google searches about infertility lead me to and ultimately to the Cedar Valley Infertility Peer Led Support Group.

FINALLY, we found other couples that knew our heartache. They understood how extremely painful it is to hear of another pregnancy announcement or listen to parents complain about sleepless nights. The group gave me the courage to share our story though our blog, which ended up being very healing for me.

A few of the highlights from meeting for me are:
·Learning about other options from couples that have been there
·Being able to vent about our situation and hurtful comments that we have endured
·Talking about the dreaded waiting room at the OBGYN’s office – I always left that place crying!
·Making new friends
~Megan Butler

Abby & Steve:
There were so many things we got out of attending the support group. Validation that our feelings were normal. Guidance in how to grieve together but in our own ways. Acceptance of where we were in the journey. It was also great to hear the stories our peers had to tell. We learned so much about our family-building choices. There was no judgement on anything we said or any decisions we made. It was just a safe place to be with people who understood us. Processing the journey is half the battle, and the support group was essential in helping us do this.

I wanted to personally thank you for starting this support group. It has truly made me feel that there are other there for me and my family. I feel very lucky to have been able to be a part of this group. After nearly two years, many fertility medications, and four IUIs, Erik and I were blessed to have a positive pregnancy test and we are about 4 months along. You and the members of this group gave me the courage I needed to continue in our journey of treatment. Thank you for all you have done and I wish nothing but the best for you and the other members of the group!