|Allison Spencer - email@example.com (President)
My husband, Dustin, and I began our journey to grow our family in July 2008. Over a 4 1/2 year period we tried practically every medical infertility treatment option available: Clomid, IUI, HSG, SHG, laproscopy, hysteroscopy, and IVF. In January 2012, we learned our chances to conceive on our own were less than 2% due to male factor infertility and my poor egg quality and low egg quantity. So, we decided to give IVF one more chance, and realized we conceived a child on our own! Simon was born October 27, 2012. We would love to have another child, but have decided not to take the infertility treatment route due to the costs involved. Dustin and I believe one of our purposes in life is to reach out to others struggling to grow their family so they no longer feel alone.
|Nicolle Hays - firstname.lastname@example.org (Vice-President)
My husband and I began trying to start a family after two years of marriage, I was 30 and he was 32. My cycles had always been perfect so we had no reason to believe we'd have any trouble. After a year of trying, we sought medical help. I had a laproscopy surgery and discovered one of my tubes was blocked and the other mostly blocked. We tried several cycles of oral and injectible medications with IUI. When those failed, it became time to pursue IVF or adoption. We felt adoption was the path for us. We ended up adopting through a private situation, and our amazing son, Tucker, was born in June of 2011. We always talked about how we would try to grow our family from there. Right after Tucker's first birthday, as we were considering getting our homestudy updated, we found out I was pregnant. We were shocked! Our second amazing son, Tanner joined us in February of 2013. My passion is providing support to those going through a struggle to build their family. I lead the KCIA support group that meets monthly, so please contact me if you have any questions!
| Meagan Stach - email@example.com (Treasurer)
Our journey to start a family began in 2008 when my husband and I found out we were pregnant. At 35 weeks along we were heartbroken to learn that our daughter's heart had stopped beating. We delivered our first child, Annabelle, stillborn in 2008. After my pregnancy with Annabelle I had difficulty conceiving again. After three unsuccessful IUI attempts we felt that adoption was the path for us. While waiting to adopt I got pregnant. Unfortunately that pregnancy ended in miscarriage. In 2011 we were blessed with our first son, Sammy, through domestic adoption. Shortly after Sammy was born I got pregnant again but it ended in miscarriage. In 2012 we had decided to start the adoption process again when we found out we were pregnant for the fourth time. In 2013 I gave birth to our second son, Blake. I am so thankful to be a part of KCIA and hope to help others build their family.
| Tami Lewis - firstname.lastname@example.org (Secretary)
Our journey to grow a family began in July 2009. I stopped taking birth control pills at that time, and quickly realized there could be difficulties conceiving as I never had a menstrual cycle. Knowing the only chance of conceiving was through assisted reproductive technology, I aggressively began pursuing treatment. A failed IVF, a failed attempt at a frozen embryo transfer, at least 8 failed/cancelled IUIs; it was finally through a second IVF that I gave birth to my son. Jude Knox Reinhard was born July 24, 2012. The support group I attend (with the other founders) is what got me through my infertility journey. Through KCIA, I want to pay it forward to help others going through this difficult journey.
|Angie Shemwell - email@example.com
My Husband Nick and I began our Journey in August 2006, In January 2007 because of some other medical issues we started to see our regular MD and she tested what she could and then sent us to another Dr. We have tried everything, Clomid, IUI, IVF, if it's out there we've tried it. I was diagnosed in 2012 with PCOS. Our story is long and detailed, I have created a blog http://shemwelljourney.blogspot.com/ where you can read our entire journey. In October 2013 we had what we thought was our final round FET and it failed. We had two Angels approach us and say they did not feel like our journey was done and offered to pay for another IVF round. In November 2013 we did a fresh IVF transfer, and welcomed a baby Boy July 12-2014 named Ian. This journey has made our marriage stronger and we believe that we have been given this journey to not only help others but to help educate people about Infertility.
|Karree Tidwell - firstname.lastname@example.org
My infertility journey started in 2010 when I was diagnosed with PCOS and endometriosis. I kind of always knew there was something wrong because my cycles were never consistent while my friends' cycles were like clockwork. I sought treatment for a local infertility doctor which led to surgery to remove the endometriosis and 2 failed IUIs. My hsuband was giving me the shots every day for 2 months, and the shots were unsuccessful also. By the way, my husband hates needles! My husband and I have decided IVF isn't the route for us since it's costly and invasive. I have not been on any treatment since April 2012, and we are on the "see what happens" plan right now. We've discussed adoption, and what the next step would be if we decide to adopt. However our journey ends, I feel blessed to have learned so much about the struggles of everyday women trying to start their families.