Infertility and IVF take a huge toll on a couple’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. My husband, John (one of the amazing men who started this organization) and I struggled with infertility for two years. We experienced two miscarriages, several failed infertility treatments and thousands of tears. About a year into our journey, our doctor recommended that we move to IVF (in vitro fertilization). Before beginning IVF, our doctor ordered blood work that checks mostly for genetic and chromosomal abnormalities. To our surprise, the blood work showed that I have Fragile X Syndrome. To learn more about this syndrome, click here. As a woman, Fragile X can affect infertility due to low egg reserve in the ovaries among many other difficulties. These findings meant that not only was IVF our only option, but we also needed to add genetic screening into the process. Once we retrieved eggs and created embryos, the embryos had to be sent to a lab to be tested for Fragile X Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. Our first round of IVF produced only two healthy, non-affected embryos. However, both embryo transfers failed. Each negative pregnancy test brought on heartache that neither of us had ever felt before. We had so much hope with those two healthy embryos and could not believe we had no embryos left. We were back at square one and had to do another round of IVF. This round produced one healthy embryo, two affected with Fragile X and two more affected with Trisomy 16. With only one healthy embryo, we prayed that this third transfer would be successful…and it was! Seeing that positive pregnancy test brought John and I to tears; the happiest of tears! Currently, I am 20 weeks pregnant with our miracle boy, Hudson, and am enjoying every second of it! Infertility brings on some of the worst feelings and takes such a toll on us but praying, hoping and having patience is SO INCREDIBILY worth it in the end.