Announcing a pregnancy and bringing a baby into the world can be one of life’s most joyful experiences. Yet, according to the CDC, 1 in 5 couples struggle with infertility, and it’s a topic many people don’t feel comfortable talking about when they’re in the middle of it.
That’s why I invited Laura Anderson to share her story with us today. Laura and her husband struggled with infertility for four years. After years of feeling like they were living alone on an island where they were the only ones going through it, everything changed when they welcomed their beautiful and healthy baby triplets into the world.
Her children are 11 years old now, and she can’t remember a life without them. Laura shares the highs and (mostly) lows of infertility, how to find hope and keep going, and how her story has helped couples feel seen and less alone.
But this wasn’t the only curveball life had in store for Laura: just 6 months ago, she was diagnosed with facial cancer.
Thankfully, it was a form of cancer that could be treated with multiple surgeries. And even better, Laura is officially cancer-free today! You’ll hear how much stronger she felt once she started sharing her story, how she feels compelled to talk about it now and how to guide your children through difficult journeys with you.
Laura also reminds us that your journey doesn’t have to be a constant state of gloom just because it’s difficult, and that you’ll only feel alone on an island if you don’t invite the people you love to be with you.
Key Takeaways with Laura Andersen
- Dealing with the feeling of loneliness that comes with infertility.
- How sharing your journey with others can help you feel supported and empowered.
- How small acts of kindness can mean the world to someone going through a tough time.
- Laura’s advice on how to navigate a cancer diagnosis and embrace/welcome all your feelings.
- How to share a difficult diagnosis with family members and children and how to help them feel supported through your journey.
- How the power of journaling helped Laura through those difficult times.
Laura Andersen Tweetables
- “Sharing my story about cancer so openly has given me a ton of strength and hope.” – Laura Andersen
- “The support we got in all forms, even intangible support like prayers or a sincere ‘I’m thinking of you’, told us that things that we do in the future will mean so much to people. It was a definite family lesson.” – Laura Andersen
- “Kids keep you up and going, whether you want to or not. And laughing when you don’t want to laugh. Even the mundane things like getting ready for school were a great exercise to keep going.” – Laura Andersen
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