Elon Musk, Gary Vaynerchuk and Casey Neistat. These are some of the people that I admire because of the hardships that they went through before becoming who they are right now. Another person that I admire is Richard Branson of the Virgin Group. If you haven’t heard of him, he’s the founder of Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Galactic and Virgin Hyperloop One among others. What endeared him to me is not only of him being a visionary but also on being an individual who cares about the people around him and how he approaches the challenges that confront him.
But this blog is not about him but about Holly Branson, his daughter’s IVF journey. Like us, she first thought that having a baby is a normal process. She thought that she will have a baby within a year but eventually realized that it’s not a straight forward process. She had a test and everything went well. She eventually became pregnant and suffered two miscarriages. She tried IVF but after two round of treatments, it didn’t work. She didn’t lose hope and went through another round of treatment and after two weeks, she found out that she’s carrying twins.
When experiencing fertility problems it is easy to feel like you are going through it alone. It is so unbelievably personal. At times you feel that no one else could ever understand the self-doubt and pain you, and your partner, are experiencing.
My biggest piece of advice would be to open up to people. I kept it all to myself in the beginning and felt a huge sense of relief when I started being more open about our situation – it’s important to know you don’t have to struggle on your own.
Talk to people, share your story and do lots of research – no one path is right for all and the internet can be a great resource for help and support as well.
Holly Branson “Becoming parents: our IVF journey”
To read her full story, you can check this link.