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Somewhere right now, there's a woman learning she's pregnant and another yearning to know what that feels like.
One woman is calling her OB office to schedule her first ultrasound in 10-weeks, and the other is calling her RE to set up another baseline blood draw.
One woman will anxiously wait weeks until she sees the flickering confirmation of a heartbeat at her doctor's office. The other woman will nervously monitor her blood levels for an LH surge to trigger ovulation.
One woman is pouring a glass of water to swig down her prenatal vitamins with dinner. The other is icing an injection site on her right thigh for her third round of infertility treatments.
One woman -- exhausted -- trudges through weeks of nausea, grateful for the little miracle behind it. The other trudges through weeks of pregnancy announcements and baby showers, grateful to survive them.
One woman prays a follow-up ultrasound will provide clarity after a slight scare a few weeks ago; the other prays her ultrasound will show good measurements for the procedures ahead.
One woman is putting the finishing touches in her child's nursery, while the other is trying not to look as she walks passed the empty bedroom.
One woman is standing in the baby section wondering how she'll pick out the best baby gear for the baby tumbling in her belly, and the other stands brokenhearted and worried in a pharmacy wondering how she'll afford injections for another round of treatments.
One woman is eagerly packing her hospital bags -- her due date just two days away. The other is wondering if she'll ever know what that anticipation feels like.
One woman is timing her contractions.
While the other is counting down the minutes until her two-week wait is over.
One woman has tears of joy celebrating the birth of her precious child. The other is slumped over on the bathroom floor clutching another pregnancy test, wondering when -- or if -- it'll be her turn.
Two women with drastically different journeys yet both with tremendous hopes for the future; both equally worthy of having others stand with them and love them through it all.
If you're one of these women (either one of them, both of them or perhaps a woman on a completely different path) please know: I am here for you. I support you. And you are worthy to be loved exactly where you are.
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