Hey loves, I’m Candace! I was born and raised in Michigan, but I currently live in Arizona. My husband Timothy and I have been married since 8-8-08. I love chocolate (I mean, who doesn’t,) food is my happy place, and I love to hike!
Infertility sucks, right?! Not only does it suck to watch everyone around you get pregnant (your’e happy for them, but sad for yourself) you also have to deal with people’s insensitive comments *insert side eye emoji here. My 10 year journey through infertility was filled with many highs and lows. I tried everything to have a baby, even some things I am too embarrassed to admit! My husband had a varicocelectomy surgery to help improve his sperm quality. When we still didn’t get pregnant, I had a myomectory surgery to remove 13 fibroids! Between all of the surgeries, supplements, ovulation tests, pregnancy tests, and fertility treatments, we spent well over $100,000 for the chance to become parents!
We have experienced two failed Intrauterine Insemination (IUI’s) and a failed In Vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. I had seen so many negative pregnancy tests during my journey that I literally started to believe that there was no such thing as a “second line.” Even after 10 years of marriage and still no baby, I refused to give up! In 2018, we welcomed our daughter, Victory, after a successful IVF cycle! She is worth every shot, every tear, and every month of heartache I endured!
The idea for My Fruitful Journey was birthed when I searched online for information regarding infertility, but found very few resources, especially for the minority community! Although millions of individuals struggle with trying to conceive, there is only a small percentage of couples who feel comfortable speaking openly about their battle. I suffered in silence for many years before I found the courage to share my journey on my YouTube channel, Fruitful. I have also been given the opportunity to share my story on Good Morning America and Facebook Watch’s original docuseries, 9 Months with Courteney Cox.
The journey to grow your family may not come easy to many, but never give up hope! I am so glad that even after 10 years, I did not stop fighting for our Victory. Even if you are in the in the midst of your journey and cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, don’t quit! Your struggle will all be worth it in the end, I promise!