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Episode 62 - Embrace Bravery (Shannon Ketchum)

4/15/2018
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It took four doctors thirteen years to diagnose the painful condition that caused Shannon to scream and cry during sex. This is her story. Shannon leads a support group in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Her website is http://embracebravery.com/. -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on social media linked here: Sarah’s Laughter on Facebook & Instagram, and @sarahs_laughter &...

Duration:00:43:13

Episode 61 - Choose Joy (Emmy Blakely)

3/2/2018
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Emmy is the creative force behind the amazing Choose Joy Infertility Conference. In our interview, she shares how the premature end of her pregnancy led to the birth of Choose Joy. She also gives us a sneak peek at what to expect at this year’s conference. This is her story—and the story of Choose Joy. You can find out more and register at choosejoyevent.com, and you can email any questions to register@choosejoyevent.com. You can also follow the conference on Instagram at...

Duration:01:18:41

Episode 60 - Thank God I Didn’t Give Up (Alycia de Lucio, Part 2)

2/24/2018
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A homeless heroin addict, the kindness of strangers, and hours to make a life-changing decision. A lot has happened in Alycia’s life since she was our guest on Episode 31. This is (more of) her story. Alycia is a Sarah's Laughter Support Group leader in Orange County, California. Her group: http://www.builtinthefire.com/support-group/ Her blog: http://www.builtinthefire.com Her email: alycia@builtinthefire.com -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at...

Duration:00:54:00

Episode 59 - Laughing Is Conceivable (Lori Shandle-Fox)

2/19/2018
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Lori is a stand-up comedian who’s still “in the closet” about her infertility, despite the fact that she has a book and a blog about it, and talks about it on our infertility podcast. Confused? (Did we mention she’s a comedian?) This is her story. Please visit http://laughingisconceivable.com/ for more about Lori, including her blog. Her book Laughing is Conceivable is available in paperback, Kindle, Kobo, and Nook format. -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website...

Duration:01:12:10

Episode 58 - An Oasis in the Desert (Jessica Satterfield)

2/12/2018
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On her first date with her future husband, Jessica expressed her heart for adoption, telling him, “If this isn’t okay with you, then we probably shouldn’t go on another date.” This is her story. You can visit Jessica's blog at gracewhilewewait.com, and follow her on instagram at @gracewhilewewait. -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on social media linked here:...

Duration:00:42:31

Episode 57 - If We Never Have a Baby, You’re Enough (Amanda Corbell)

2/3/2018
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Two months after Amanda was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she had a hysterectomy. A few months later, her husband left her. She was only 19. This is her story. -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on social media linked here: Sarah’s Laughter on Facebook & Instagram, and @sarahs_laughter & @jasonforbus on Twitter. Sarah’s Laughter also holds the Baby Steps Fun Run,...

Duration:00:59:31

Episode 56 - Struggling Together (Ken & Vanessa)

1/27/2018
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Infertility had slipped a wedge of silence between Ken and Vanessa Figueroa. Then Vanessa started praying. This is their story. Please visit Vanessa’s blog & gift shop at myoneinamillion.com. -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on social media linked here: Sarah’s Laughter on Facebook & Instagram, and @sarahs_laughter & @jasonforbus on Twitter. Sarah’s Laughter also...

Duration:00:54:23

Episode 55 - The Second Time Around (Julie)

1/20/2018
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Julie needed to find purpose in her pain and to let others know that infertility can have a happy ending. But she was still “in the infertility closet” and valued her privacy. Then she discovered our podcast while on a road trip. This is her story. -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on social media linked here: Sarah’s Laughter on Facebook & Instagram, and...

Duration:01:07:08

Episode 54 - Having Done All to Stand (Danielle Thompson)

1/13/2018
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At 24, Danielle was told that she was in menopause, with the lab results of an 80-year-old woman. This is her story. -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on social media linked here: Sarah’s Laughter on Facebook & Instagram, and @sarahs_laughter & @jasonforbus on Twitter. Sarah’s Laughter also holds the Baby Steps Fun Run, where we give away a $10,000 grant for...

Duration:00:47:09

Episode 53 - I Felt Invisible (Michelle McGovern)

10/28/2017
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Michelle leads our infertility support group in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She did everything right: medically, ethically, in every way—and her baby still died. "I didn't want another baby. I wanted my son." This is her story. -- Michelle's group contact info: http://www.sarahs-laughter.com/lancastercountypa.html Sarah's Laughter Lancaster County Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/SarahsLaughterLancaster/ -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at...

Duration:01:01:44

Episode 52 - Waiting Wombs Trust (Hadassa Trip)

10/22/2017
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Women in Kenya are expected to conceive in the first two years of marriage. Many Kenyans assume that miscarriage is a curse. The intense societal pressure to have a baby can lead to divorce, abuse, and even mutilation. "You can actually feel the eyes on your tummy." After years of trying to conceive without support, Hadassa decided to become that support which she and others needed. This is her story. Hadassa's...

Duration:00:35:08

Episode 51: A Punch to the Gut (Brian Richards)

10/14/2017
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After two years of unexplained infertility, Brian (a minister) & Tamara (an OB-GYN) were pregnant. Brian would place his hand on Tamara's stomach and pray for their twins every night. And then four words upended their world: "there is no heartbeat." Brian shares their story in this episode. Brian's blog: http://www.brianrichardsspeaks.com -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can...

Duration:01:00:59

Episode 50 - Stork Drop & Roll (Ashley Gray)

10/9/2017
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Ashley is an adoption social worker who also adopted. She talks about post-adoption blues, whether adoption cures infertility, and the emotional cocktail unique to adoption. "Somebody's greatest pain is your greatest joy." This is her story. Ashley's blog is at https://thegrayfamilyjourney.blogspot.com/ -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on social media linked here:...

Duration:00:47:51

Episode 49 - Take a Deep Breath (Jenn Rachal)

10/1/2017
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Jenn has wanted to be a mother since she was four. While trying to conceive, she mothers the foster children under her care. "I rock him a little longer because this time could be the last." This is her story. Jenn's blog: https://rallyingforarachal.com/ Sarah's Laughter Online Support Group Leader: lindsay@sarahs-laughter.com -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on...

Duration:01:13:12

Episode 48: Thankful (Amanda Boulton)

9/24/2017
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After three miscarriages, Amanda was nine months pregnant when she thought her water broke. Within minutes, she was pale and had no pulse. This is her story. -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on social media linked here: Sarah’s Laughter on Facebook & Instagram, and @sarahs_laughter & @jasonforbus on Twitter. Sarah’s Laughter also holds the Baby Steps Fun Run,...

Duration:01:09:27

Episode 47: The Rest of the Story, For Now (Lauren Best)

9/11/2017
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Lauren won an IVF at Baby Steps. It didn't work. Then she and her husband adopted a baby. They took him home, named him, and had family fly in to rejoice with them. Six days later, the birth mom changed her mind. "We have to give him back." This is Lauren's story. -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on social media linked here: Sarah’s Laughter on Facebook &...

Duration:01:18:44

Episode 46: Lauren Best - Redux and Rebroadcast

9/10/2017
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Lauren won a free IVF at our 2015 Baby Steps. Her infertility journey has been full of both miracles and disappointments, faith and head games. “Your mind just goes to bad places as soon as somebody tells you they found a lump.” This is a rebroadcast (slightly edited) of one of our very first episodes. Episode 47, an all-new interview with Lauren, is next. -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is...

Duration:00:38:37

Episode 45: No Medical Reason (Jordyn Wilkins)

9/3/2017
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Jordyn, 32 weeks pregnant, had just finished her shift as a labor & delivery nurse when she realized that her baby wasn't moving. This is her story. -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on social media linked here: Sarah’s Laughter on Facebook & Instagram, and @sarahs_laughter & @jasonforbus on Twitter. Sarah’s Laughter also holds the Baby Steps Fun Run, where we give...

Duration:00:56:39

Episode 44: Why Them and Not Me? (Tareja Mitchem)

8/27/2017
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Tareja had never wanted a child. Then she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and something switched inside her. Now, she was desperate for a baby. This is her story. Tareja's blog: https://calleduponwater.com/ -- For more about Sarah’s Laughter, please visit our website at sarahs-laughter.com. Our podcast-only site is podcast.sarahs-laughter.com. You can follow us on social media linked here: Sarah’s Laughter on Facebook & Instagram, and @sarahs_laughter &...

Duration:01:18:41

Episode 43: I Felt Like God Was Out to Get Me (Sharla Baker)

8/20/2017
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Sharla was fourteen weeks pregnant on her wedding day. Her baby died three days later. She believed God was punishing her for premarital sex, so she grew to hate Him. As she explains, "I wish I was ignorant of Him. I wish I could be one of those people that just didn't believe. Because if I just didn't believe in God, I couldn't be mad at Him. I would just rationalize—life isn't fair; it sucks—and then I have to control my own life. It is so much harder to say God is in control of my life....

Duration:01:09:03

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