EP49 - Candace Farris Infertility Journey, IVF Story, and blog My Fruitful Journey

Candace Farris

For the month of June we are talking about infertility and IVF success stories on the Sisters in Loss podcast.  In today's episode we have Candace Farris who has been on her infertility journey for 10 years due to Uterine Fibroids.  After a failed IVF in August 2017, having her mother pass away in the middle of her IVF cycle, she is currently 10 weeks pregnant from a successful 2nd round of IVF.  In this episode Candace discusses her journey to motherhood, having surgery to remove fibroids, her husband having surgery to help with sperm quality, and preparing her body for her upcoming embryo transfer.  She also discusses her vlog and youtube channel Fruitful Journey as she is documenting her entire story with us.  This episode is for you to listen to if you are still in the wait for your miracle baby!

Candace Farris Bio
I'm a wife of almost 10 years, a Christian, and lover of food. I find so much fulfillment in encouraging others while in the wait. I share my journey on my Youtube channel, Fruitful.  I was born and raised in Detroit but currently live in the Phoenix area. I stay active by hiking, playing sports and doing yoga.  My husband and I started trying to have a baby soon after getting married. After years of being unsuccessful and trying everything from herbal supplements, tracking ovulation, 2 surgeries (I had an open myomectomy to remove 13 fibroids and my husband had a varicocele surgery to correct a vein and help with sperm quality) we started IVF in August 2017. After dozens of blood draws, ultrasounds and weeks of daily injections, the dr retrieved 16 eggs but unfortunately only 2 were viable enough for transfer. To make matters worse, my mom passed away right in the middle of our IVF cycle. We transferred those two embryos and were heartbroken when we learned that our embryos had implanted but stopped growing. A few months later we started IVF cycle 2 in January 2018. This cycle we got 18 eggs and had 4 viable embryos, but only 3 were chromosomally normal. Since egg retrieval in Jan, I have experienced more delays and had to have more tests done before I can transfer again. 

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EP48 - Chimyra Powell's Infertility Journey, Ectopic Pregnancy, and IVF Success Story

EP48 - Chimyra Powell's Infertility Journey, Ectopic Pregnancy, and IVF Success Story

For the month of June we are talking about infertility and IVF stories on the podcast.  In today's episode we have Chimyra Powell a wife, mom, and blogger of journeyofchimyra.com.  Chimyra suffered a 5 year journey with infertility and her first natural pregnancy ended due to a life threatening ectopic pregnancy.  She and her husband decided to try IVF and it was successful as she birthed her rainbow baby boy Solomon.  In this interview we discuss how she struggled with depression, severely grieving, and how she was overall unhappy and unfilled.  Chimyra started her blog journeyofchimyra.com to empower women to achieve and obtain all that they want in life.  Chimyra hopes that her transparency will help shed a light on infertility and how we can overcome it while sharing resources and her journey through her blog.  Her desire for us all to be fruitful in all areas of life to include motherhood, marriage and career.

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EP47 - Dr. JaNae Taylor on the Cost of Therapy & Minding My Black Business Podcast

JaNae Taylor

In today's episode we are discussing the Cost of our Mental Health and therapy with licensed psychotherapist Dr. JaNae Taylor.  JaNaè is a licensed psychotherapist in Virginia Beach, VA, where she owns and operates, Taylor Counseling and Consulting Services. JaNaè works with Black men and women who are struggling with harmful self-evaluations. Therapy with JaNaè helps them create a more empowered and focused sense of self that is more aligned with their beliefs and values. JaNaè also provides consultations to Black Entrepreneurs, in every stage of the game, who are working to balance their mental health, Black identity, and successful businesses.  Minding My BLACK Business is a movement and podcast dedicated to the mental health of Black Entrepreneurs, led by Dr. JaNaè Taylor. The goal is to engage, inform, and support other Black Entrepreneurs as they manage the business of work!  In this episode Dr. JaNae and I talk about the cost of therapy and how & why Mental Health Awareness Month is important.


More about Dr. JaNae Taylor
JaNaè is an Alabama native and a macaroni and cheese and brunch expert. She is also fluent in sarcasm, lover of neo-soul and big laughs with good people. Most importantly, JaNaè is a daughter, big sister, best friend, godmother, HBCU grad, and trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents.

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EP46 - Katina Nish Child Loss Story & Mourning Moms Blog

EP46 - Katina Nish Child Loss Story & Mourning Moms Blog

In today's episode we have Katina Nish who shares her child loss story and Mourning Moms blog and community.  Katina is a published freelance model and writer.  Katina loss her son in March 2008, and she felt God moving her into her purpose so she created the Mourning Moms blog and community to help other grieving mothers like herself.  Her goal through Mourning Moms is to create a national movement dedicated to women of child loss. From pregnancy loss, still birth, and infant/child loss the goal is to keep you encouraged and in hope of what God said you would naturally have.  Katina shares in this interview how she is called to this work and how it is okay for us to mourn.  

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REWIND Episode 3 - Our Special Needs Journey and How we

REWIND Episode 3 - Our Special Needs Journey and How we

n today's episode we have a REWIND!  My husband, my pastor, and my biggest cheerleader, Brandon McAfee, is starting a podcast to discuss the matters of the black church from the pulpit and beyond the walls of the church.  We are dedicating two episodes a month to discussing disabilities in the black church.  So, I wanted to rewind to his episode where we talk about our journey to our rainbow baby Maxwell also known as Super Mighty Max.  We also discuss his special needs and diagnosis of Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.  We are currently casting and looking for families and caretakers of special needs, differently abled, and developmentally delayed children or siblings.  If you are interested in being interviewed please email us at blackchurchmatters@gmail.com.

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EP45 - Mother's Day Letter for Sisters in Loss

EP45 - Mother's Day Letter for Sisters in Loss

Today's episode is a solo episode and its a Mother's Day episode as Mother's Day is this upcoming Sunday, May 13, 2018.  I share the letter I wrote in a recent blog post to Grieving Mothers and Sisters in Loss for Mother's Day.  In this episode I am also recapping my weekend spent in NYC keynoting with a short clip of my keynote, and how it was meeting some of my listeners, and podcast guests in person.  I also talk about my first Mother's Day experience after my loss and the importance of sisterhood in this episode.

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EP44 - Dr. Jerisa Berry's Uterine Fibroid, Infertility Journey, and Secure your Fertility App

EP44 - Dr. Jerisa Berry's Uterine Fibroid, Infertility Journey, and Secure your Fertility App

In today's episode we have Dr. Jerisa Berry a board-certified Emergency Medicine doctor also known as Dr. Jerisa ER.  She is a nationally recognized speaker, media consultant, and author.  In this episode Dr. Jerisa shares her infertility journey with uterine fibroids, multiple surgeries, IVF, and how surrogacy was her final decision to become a mother.  Dr. Jerisa also uses her expertise in partnering with Lab Corp and creating Secure Your Fertility an app to help women identify their ovarian reserve a test that insurance typically does not cover.  For only $97 you can go to your local Lab Corp, get blood drawn, and it will determine how many eggs you have so you can make a sound decision around taking control of your fertility.  Dr. Jerisa and I are on similar journey's and surrogacy is something I am considering and her experience has solidified that no matter how we become mothers, we have to continue to take control of our health and trust that God will give us the desires of our hearts.

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EP43 - Heather and Dimitri Wilson's 1 Year Review of Kennedy's Angel Gown's NFP Organization and 2nd Annual Angel Ball

EP43 - Heather and Dimitri Wilson's 1 Year Review of Kennedy's Angel Gown's NFP Organization and 2nd Annual Angel Ball

In today's episode we have Heather and Dimitri Wilson, who lost their daughter Kennedy to stillbirth, and they share how the 1st year has been since starting their Non-Profit Organization called Kennedy's Angel Gowns in January 2017.   You may remember Heather,  she was my first guest on the Sisters in Loss Podcast and shared her stillbirth story of daughter Kennedy in Episode 2.  In this episode Heather and her husband Dimitri share how running a non profit centered around loss has effected their relationship, and now after 1 year and 4 months into starting their non profit and dealing with loss everyday how it has impacted them both.  We also talk about their 2nd Angel Ball that is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, April 28, 2018 and what they are looking to do to transform the Hampton Roads area.

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EP42 - Lisa Hendrickson-Jack's Uterine Fibroid Journey, Menstrual Cycle Charting, and Fertility Friday Podcast

EP42 - Lisa Hendrickson-Jack's Uterine Fibroid Journey, Menstrual Cycle Charting, and Fertility Friday Podcast

In today's episode we have Lisa Hendrickson-Jack who shares her Uterine Fibroid journey with Heavy Periods, Menstrual Cycle Charting and Fertility Awareness Method, and her podcast Fertility Friday.  Lisa is a Fertility Awareness Educator and a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who has been charting her own menstrual cycles using the Fertility Awareness Method for the past 15 years. She is passionate about helping women to develop body literacy, by understanding their natural cycles.  After struggling with excessively heavy and painful periods for years Lisa discovered the connection between health and fertility first hand. Her personal experience of overcoming a Hashimoto's diagnosis and uterine fibroids has influenced her practice immensely.  Lisa created her weekly radio show, the Fertility Friday Podcast, to connect women with a deeper understanding of how fertility and overall health are connected and intertwined with their menstrual cycle health. The number one response from her listeners is always "why didn't anyone teach us this stuff when we were growing up?" Her mission is to share the message of body literacy with as many women as possible. Each week she conducts in depth interviews with professionals who specialize in helping women to restore their fertility naturally.   In this episode we dig deeper into how we are taught how to prevent pregnancy via birth control versus how to actually get pregnant.  How to get off of birth control properly, and how to chart your menstrual cycle with the Fertility Awareness Method, and what 1 million downloads of the Fertility Friday podcast means for Lisa.

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EP41 - Patrice Washington's Secondary Infertility Journey and Redefining Wealth

EP41 - Patrice Washington's Secondary Infertility Journey and Redefining Wealth

In today's episode we have Patrice Washington, "America's Money Maven." who opens up and shares her infant loss story, secondary infertility journey, and how to Redefine Wealth.  Patrice is a national recognized best selling author, transformational speaker, spokesperson, radio host and leading authority on personal finance, entrepreneurship and success for women.  You may have heard Patrice on the Steve Harvey Morning Radio show where she hosts a weekly segment called Real Money Answers with Patrice Washington. Patrice is the big sister in my head that gets me together, snatches my edges, and teaches me how to Chase Purpose and Not Money on her new weekly podcast called Redefining Wealth.  In this interview Patrice shares her infant loss journey with us, how she lost everything during the recession while she was pregnant with her rainbow baby daughter, and how she is surrendering to God for her desire to have more children after experiencing secondary infertility.  I could not have Patrice on this episode without discussing money and we talk about what it means to Redefine Wealth and her definition of her 6 pillars of wealth.

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EP40 - Kemi Olowe's Miscarriage Story & Fertility Journey and 9 Months & Waiting Blog

EP40 - Kemi Olowe's Miscarriage Story & Fertility Journey and 9 Months & Waiting Blog

In today's episode we have Kemi Olowe who shares her infertility journey with PCOS diagnosis and IVF story.  Kemi is the founder of #9MonthsandWaiting, a blog dedicated encouraging those on their fertility journey through her own experiences, research and testimonials. Kemi has been married for 6 years to her Primary School sweetheart and in November 2016, after a five year journey with infertility, they welcome their baby boy Samuel.

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EP39 - Sosina Morgan's Adoption After Infertility Journey

EP39 - Sosina Morgan's Adoption After Infertility Journey

In today's episode we have Sosina Morgan who shares her fertility journey and decision to adopt after going through infertility treatments.   Sosi is passionate about adoption and loves to encourage other woman of color to consider adoption as a way of growing their families. Sosi is a minister, friend, daughter, and wife to Lee of five years.  She would like to add "mom" to that resume!  After several IUIs and too much time spent pursuing fertility treatment, Sosina and her husband Lee said yes to God's leading to pursue adoption. They are joyfully and patiently (and sometimes not joyfully or patiently) waiting to bring home their child through adoption.  In this episode Sosi takes us back to her initial infertility diagnosis and how she and her husband Lee made the decision to adopt.  We discuss why she has elected to stop infertility treatments and focus on adoption.  Sosi details the adoption process for us and how there are many financial grants and resources for adoptions.  We also discuss adoption loss and how it affects her relationship with God and her husband.  This episode is for your if you are considering adoption after infertility and are unsure of the steps in the process.

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