This morning my wife MacKenzie went on a Seattle morning TV talk show called “New Day Northwest”. It comes on right after the Today Show, and is one of those standard “shiny happy people” type shows / no Jerry Springer type content. Those who know my wife know she’s definitely not the type to seek the spotlight, she’s pretty shy by nature as opposed to her obnoxious husband. So how did she get talked into building up enough courage to get in front of a TV camera?
We’ve been the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl for just over 1 year now. But we’ve been trying to attain parenthood status for a lot longer than that. Our close friends and family were aware of the struggles we went through, and the eventual surgical procedures that were needed to clear the path for Cadence’s arrival. But a lot of people in our world never quite knew how much we (and especially MacKenzie) had to go through – they just knew we were trying to have a baby. It’s a pretty sensitive / private topic, one we mostly kept to ourselves and just gritted our way through together. In the end there was the best payout possible – our daughter. But the process to get there was rough, and definitely wasn’t something we cared to spend much energy thinking about anymore.
Then a few weeks ago, our *excellent* doctor who helped us through it all (Amy Criniti from Seattle Reproductive Medicine) reached out to MacKenzie and asked if she’d be willing to go on TV with her to share our story, in hopes of encouraging others in similar situations to seek the kind of help that we received. Lots of families go through similar struggles, thinking there aren’t other options. But there are some very skilled people flicking surgical blades around these days, and if you’re willing to go check out places like SRM – you might find a way out of the hell we were in.
I’m very proud of my wife for having the courage to do this. She wasn’t thrilled about the idea, and I wasn’t going to push her to do something like this, especially given the subject matter at hand. But she overcame her fear of the spotlight, and her fear of partially reliving a lousy time in our lives. Hopefully at least 1 person out there saw it who can relate to the problem, and was given the nudge to contact a specialist about it. Nice job sweetie! And thanks to Dr. Criniti and the whole crew at Seattle Reproductive Medicine for our happy ending.