Dear Infertility, You Have Helped Me Learn To Love Myself Again

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“I know this is going to sound absolutely crazy, but I think my infertility has helped me learn to love myself once again.

I know what you’re all thinking: How in the world has going through infertility been a positive thing in your life?

And when we first started this journey, I definitely would have had the same thought. But after being on this road for almost two years now, I’ve come to realize I am who I am and it’s absolutely enough.

Yes, infertility has changed me in more ways than one. I definitely am not the same person I was before all this began.

But those changes have helped me become the best possible version of myself, and I will continue to embrace those differences because they are what makes me special.

Infertility has taught me more about myself in these last couple of years than I ever could have imagined. It has shown me how courageous I really am, and it has helped me see the beauty in my imperfections.

It has taught me to take on every obstacle with an open heart and mind, regardless of what the outcomes might look like. It has given me a purpose.

Infertility, I wouldn’t wish you on anyone. But for me, I’m choosing to embrace you for what you are because let’s face it, you aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

But it’s okay because you have helped me learn to love myself once again, and for it I am grateful.”

Woman battling infertility sitting on a porch with a glass of water on her hand, wearing sunglasses, and smiling on a sunny day
Courtesy of Mackenzie Eckinger

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Mackenzie Eckinger of Ohio and originally appeared here. You can follow her journey on Instagram here and here. Submit your own story  hereand be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories, and YouTube for our best videos.

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