In addition to March being National Reading Month, March is also Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis, a condition I have, is a painful non-curable condition where tissue similar to the the uterine lining grows outside the uterus and the tissue can also adhere to other organs. It typically takes years for a woman to be diagnosed. It is a leading cause of infertility. In addition to endometriosis, I also have poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which can also affect fertility.
My identical twin boys are true miracles. Every infertility treatment before and after their birth failed. In 2016, on my 33rd birthday, I was informed another infertility treatment failed and that’s when my husband and I decided to bow out and quit this viscous cycle and pursue adoption. What people often forget about infertility is the conditions that contribute to infertility can cause women more problems than difficulty with becoming pregnant. I needed to take action to help alleviate the chronic pain I have had since I was 13. For almost a year, I have not had chronic pain. Although it was a long journey to determine if we really wanted to switch the course to adoption, I knew I needed to live my best life to be able to be active with my two sons. November 2017, we were approved as a potential adoptive family through the Department of Child Services. Now, we wait for the right child. There isn’t a rush or sense of urgency on our part because we know some parts of life should not be rushed.
In the meantime, one of our boys has been so excited about this possibility that he has decided he wants to get really good at reading to a younger sibling. Throughout the rest of National Reading Month and throughout the year, you will see videos of JB reading books he thinks a younger sibling might like.
In the video below, JB is reading Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim. This book is a fun story about a mother being playful with her son.