In an article published by Our Sunday Visitor, Katie Yoder shares Leigh Fitzpatrick Snead’s words of encouragement and practical advice for women facing the infertility battle, in her article titled, “10 Things Every Woman Struggling with Infertility Should Know.” Yoder writes:

Women who struggle or have struggled with infertility want other women in similar circumstances to know one thing: You are not alone.

“I want women struggling with infertility to know that they are not alone and that their desire for a baby is a very good and beautiful one,” Mary Bruno, executive director of FAbM Base, a nonprofit dedicated to fertility awareness, and author of “Twelve Stripes Deep: How Infertility & Other Suffering Delivered My Greatest Joys,” told Our Sunday Visitor.

“But most importantly,” she added, “our desire for God and His will, even when different from our own, is what will bring us the most peace and fulfillment.”

“IVF is sold as a merciful, scientific advancement that gives couples their last chance to conceive a biological child, which I get the appeal of,” Bruno responded on Instagram. “I understand that desire because it’s for something very good. But that does not mean that any means to achieve my desire are good.”

Here are 10 things women who have struggled with infertility want other women facing the same cross to know — and what they wish more Catholics, in general, understood about them.

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