30 Jul Miracle Pregnancy After Radiation
Like many hopeful mothers, Mother’s Day 2018 was a bag of mixed emotions for me. While our fertility journey made me appreciate and respect the role of “mother” more than I ever had in the past, I ached for the year I’d celebrate the holiday as a mother to the child we’d been praying for. Little did I know that I’d go into labor exactly one year later — on Mother’s Day 2019.
When I was 7, I was diagnosed with a rare disease that, if left untreated, would be deadly. Part of the treatment plan for the disease was radiation, which resulted in my fertility diagnosis of premature ovarian failure. Since I was a child, reputed and well-intended doctors have told me that I would not be able to have children due to the radiation I received for my disease.
I don’t know what I was looking for other than to feel understood when I walked into my first Moms in the Making meeting, but I left that night feeling more hopeful and comforted than I could have ever imagined. In the meetings that followed, I learned so many transforming lessons about myself, my fertility diagnosis and journey, and my faith, mainly: (1) I was not alone or forgotten; (2) Google and statistics were not always my friend or right; and (3) God always was.
In learning these things, my anxieties of how & when we would grow our family lessened to a new-found confidence that we would be parents someday, whether through the privilege of adoption, the blessing of fertility treatments, or on our own. To be honest, not in a million years did I think that the “on our own” option was possible, but God has proven time and time again to turn impossible things into real miracles. Parker Joseph Lee Williams is ours!