Thursday, May 8, 2014

Saved by the same stranger twice

In high school I read a book called Standing with Courage by Mary-Louise Kury. I'll never forget the book as it had one of the biggest impacts on my conviction that I needed to resist the norm among my friends and my school and save sex for marriage.

A year or so into our infertility journey a friend sent me an article about a woman who had stayed true to church teaching about IVF and had been able to conceive after many years of infertility.

I was shocked when I realized this woman was the author of the book that had played such a big role in my earlier life.

It really struck me as remarkable that God could use this same woman twice- at terribly significant junctures- to give me hope and point me in the right direction.

I may not know what exactly this sign means for my future but for now I know it means I'm not alone. God is always speaking to us if we know how to listen!

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-30/news/ct-met-catholic-infertility-sidebar-20120730_1_fertility-care-ivf-reproductive-technology

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing - how neat!

    And how ironic that 2 out of 3 Google ads in the Tribune article about IVF alternatives are for IVF and donor eggs...it is such a mega-industry, no wonder so many people think it's the only option!!

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    1. Bahh! Yes, I noticed that too! So ridiculous!

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  2. This is so eerie...I actually just spoke to Mary Louise on the phone last week about adoption! She has adopted two boys domestically and gave me so much great information about the process!!! She is sweet and kind, and actually knows my mom through some pro-life work in Chicago. Anyway, just had to share another one of our many coincidences!!! She is also scheduled to see Dr. C for the first time next month to continue her IF battle! What a small little IF world we live in... and no, you are DEFINITELY not alone.

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    1. Wow!! Crazy!!! You will have to tell me more! She has a bio child too right?

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    2. This is super late so sorry about that, but no, no biological children...I know it says in the article that she was 15 wks pregnant, and she was, but she lost that child at 20 wks. Devastating. She is hoping to start TTC again soon though! She is a very sweet woman.

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  3. Wow! This is giving me goosebumps! Mary-Louise has given you two beautiful gifts and at the perfect times!! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I remember reading this article shortly after my surgeries at the institute. I sent a copy to both sets of parents. We never know what is in store for us. I'm so glad we have followed church teaching. I never feel ashamed for our decision to follow this path, but I feel like many of my coworkers who have children through IVF have a feeling of shame or sense of shame when they talk about it. I'm glad I don't have to live with that guilt or confusion. I think that would be really hard :(

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  5. This is great. I remember her from growing up in Wisconsin, and she would speak at teen chastity events. I know she recently gave a talk on NaPro at a parish around here, but I didn't realize she had conceived. Stories like hers give me hope.

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