I am a wife to my best friend, mom to my creative rambunctious daughter, furr mom to my cats, marathon runner, fitness instructor, and fertiltiy advocate!
On October 11, 2015, I will be running my 10th marathon, and 5th Chicago Marathon to benefit Shine: A Light On Fertility. I am excited to be lacing up with my Shine team, especially since it is for a great cause near and dear to my heart.
I started Shine after my experience of overcoming infertility, and wanted to partner two of my passions: running and being a fertility advocate, and this is how Team Shine was born!
The marathon and infertility are similar! During my own infertility struggle I remember days where I was up before sunrise to head to the doctor for blood work, ultrasound and monitoring daily, much like there are mornings I am up early to go out on a 2-hour long run. There were days where I would have to give myself 3-4 shots during my treatment, much like there are days where I train for 2-3 hours in preparation for the marathon. Preparing for IVF takes months, much like the marathon takes months to prepare for.
Even though my fertility journey is in the past, I remember how lonely I felt; infertility affects 1 in 6, however its not discussed since there is still a stigma associated with the it. As an organization, Shine's mission is to shine light on infertility and let people know they are not alone!
Help us raise funds so that Shine can continue to help others through their infertility journey!
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