We are very pleased to introduce our guest blogger, Stacey Morgan. Here Stacey generously shares her IVF journey and how she came to write her beautiful book, I knew I’d find you.
My name is Stacey Morgan and I am 33 years old. I have been married to my amazing husband for six years, we have also been trying to conceive for six long years too. I have stage 4 endometriosis, a disease that causes pain, miscarriages and infertility as well as many other problems.
I’ve always loved children and have worked in schools and nurseries around the world. Being the military wife that works and has no kids can make me a bit of an outsider sometimes, but I have found that working with children and then getting to know the parents is a good way to get involved in the community.
Infertility is heartbreaking, I’ve had my ups and downs over the past six years, with questions in my mind like ‘why her and not me? If I was diagnosed sooner would I be ok now?’ Then with comments from people like ‘just relax’ and ‘you can always do IVF’. Well we are not entitled to IVF on the NHS as my husband has a child from a previous relationship. IVF isn’t a guarantee and is extremely expensive. Thankfully we had the chance to take an overseas posting, this was a great opportunity for us to save money for IVF.
We started our IVF journey last year and had two eggs collected. I thought about our embryos constantly, will they survive? What is happening to them? I even dreamt about them.
So I channeled all my emotions into writing a story for the baby I hope to have one day, or something to remember the embryos that touched our hearts. This was how my book I knew I’d find you came to life.
Our two embryos became Petrie (Petri dish) and Ivy (IVF) and their great big adventure is the stages of IVF from an egg to a baby, illustrated in a dreamy imaginative way. It’s a heart-warming, feel good rhyming story suitable for all children, but is extra special if you have a miracle IVF baby, and is available on Amazon now.
Our real-life story hasn’t turned out as happy as my book, yet! I hope my story will encourage others not to give up hope on the dream of being a parent. We are hopeful for my one good ovary to make our dream come true.