overcoming-fertility-roadblocks.jpgThere’s something about the smell of fresh cut grass and the warming sun that makes me feel like I need to start exercising again. The other day, I used the beauty of spring as motivation to go for a jog on a local trail that a neighbor told me about. Having not exercised much through the winter, I could barely catch my breath the entire time, but I continued on through my discomfort.

My worn out body sluggishly turned the final corner only to see the biggest, steepest hill I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I mean, this thing was comparable to Mount Everest.  I stopped in my tracks, caught my breath, and took a moment to process the obstacle I was facing.

Fertility ObstaclesOvercoming Fertility Obstacles

As I collected myself in the shadows of this mountain, I noticed a few feelings that were all very familiar to me. Many times in my life, I have found that when I thought I was on a clear path, an obstacle would suddenly appear and I would become overwhelmed. Sometimes they were actually just bumps in the road, or a small hill. And other times, they have felt more like mountains and have caused me to feel unsure of myself, or even defeated. I’ve spoken to many fertility patients who have felt the same way when they discovered the cause of their infertility, or when they realized that more fertility treatmentwill be needed from them to achieve a successful pregnancy.

It was just at that moment, when I thought I was at my breaking point that another familiar feeling kicked in— determination. If you are staring at a fertility roadblock, exhausted and discouraged, and you don’t know what to do, try what I did on my jog. Take a deep breath, accept your circumstances, find your inner strength, and put one foot in front of the other. Before you know it, you’ll conquer whatever your Mount Everest may be.

Topics: Fertility Challenges

Kate Doyle
As RMACT’s New Patient Liaison, Kate Doyle is the first person who speaks with patients before they schedule their initial appointment. Kate recently started contributing to RMACT’s blog, PathToFertility.com. In “Kate’s Corner” she shares her perspective on topics that interest new patients. This glimpse into fertility treatment gives readers a candid knowledge and insightful tips. Kate started at RMACT as a Patient Navigator in January 2013, which is when she learned that she enjoyed guiding patients through the ups and downs of treatment. Her current position enables her to work with patients at the onset of treatment when they need help bringing their limited understanding of infertility into focus.
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