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One Woman’s Journey from Childless to Childfree

I recently had an exchange with a woman who wrote in response to this month’s On-the-Ground Question: Who has been least accepting of you not wanting kids? She said that she’d have to say her infertile friends. She has wanted kids, has been in the process of accepting she can’t have them, and her child”free” status is a recent development. I asked her if she would be willing to tell me more about her journey from childless to childfree.. I found it moving, and just have to share it with you (with her permission of course!)

“Well, moving on was a long time coming. I think it took about 5 years. (I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure about 5.5 years ago, at age 28, 6 months before my wedding.) and I actually really wanted kids all through my 20s, and planned my life around having a family in my late 20s and being a stay at home mom. We didn’t actually do any treatments, besides hoping and praying nature would have a happy surprise for us.

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