It has been a whirlwind of a few weeks for me with the birth of my namesake and newest chosen child Abigail, the signing of my book contract for Ever Upward and my first podcast interview for infertility advocacy with Julie at Fertility Revolution. It has been a few weeks full of fear, exhaustion, love, excitement, pure enough moments and a sense that my ever upward is truly settling into my core, my spirit, my everything.
Building the platform for the book and doing my first interviews for infertility advocacy and for marketing Ever Upward has forced me to zero in on my message (more to come on this in a future post). It has also helped me to continue to wholeheartedly own all the parts of my story with brazen courage. It has also lit a fire inside of me that has brought me some considerable clarity.
Telling my story has brought me this clarity and the words to understand more of my why. This sense that even the painful, unlucky and just plain crazy parts of my story are okay; they are my path. They are simply my puzzle pieces of life.
These crazy twists of my life:
- not one, but two, back surgeries both with a body cast.
- IVF and gestational surrogacy not working for us and losing our three babies.
- and the unexpected expansion of our surrogate's family, and therefore, my chosen children family.
are really enough to make anyone bitter, angry and forever scarred.
However, on this side of surviving infertility and recovering thereafter, I have come to embrace that I may never get the good enough reason why these things have happened to me. And I don't have to have this understanding to be okay or to even be fulfilled and happy.
And, as I have worked within my faith recently, I am also realizing that perhaps this is simply meant to be my story while also having the faith that it is not the end of it. Because I know with my whole heart that I have never done anything to deserve this amount of hurt and pain in my life. And even though I've always deemed myself as just unlucky, on this side of recovery I can truly say that this has nothing to do with luck at all.
Because as this light becomes more and more clear within me, what I am finding is that this is simply the reason I am here. This is my star soon to shine. I have loved which means I also have to choose.
I have to choose what I do with my story.
I have to choose what I do with my soul scars.
I have to choose to make it ever upward.
So, it is with more and more clarity and understanding of my why that I am still figuring out the how. Because, really, it is the how that everyone wants to know.
How did you survive two back surgeries? How did you survive living in a body cast? How did you survive losing three babies?
How have you not only survived but thrived?
In all honesty, I am not sure.
I have survived by fighting.
I have survived by practicing recovery.
I have survived because I didn't give myself any other choice.
I have survived because I have let go of needing the complete understanding of my whole why.
I am surviving because I am here; writing, struggling and owning it all every single day.
I am surviving, recovering and thriving because that is the light, the love, the soul of ever upward.