Catholic, wife, vegan, foodie, animal lover, practicer of yoga, barren.
To give a little more detail… My husband and I were married in 2010. A little over six months into our marriage, we started trying to conceive. We had already learned the Creighton Model of natural family planning in order to avoid pregnancy, so we started using the charting to target our fertile periods so that we could conceive. Within a few months of trying, our instructor told us that my charts indicated I was not ovulating, so I started using ovulation predictor kits to verify. Long story short, in 2011, I began taking Clomid and my OB-GYN started running a few basic tests to determine why I was not ovulating. At the start of 2012, she referred me to a Reproductive Endocrinologist (a fertility specialist) where I underwent many more tests, lots of monitoring via internal ultrasounds, and changes in medication. That’s where I was officially diagnosed with infertility. Specifically, my body produces antisperm antibodies, meaning my immune system attacks sperm before they even reach the cervix, making it virtually impossible for me to get pregnant. We tried practically everything, and even went so far as doing a few rounds of IUI. (You can read more about my struggle with infertility at my blog This Luminous Road I Travel.) Unfortunately, I am still childless, and I feel science has failed me. Therefore, I am on a journey to heal myself the natural way. I believe that through quality food and diminishing the number of toxins I am exposed to, my body can and will heal itself. It may take time, but I hope (and dare I say believe) that some day, God will allow my husband, Choi, and I to bring our own biological child into this world. Infertility was the catalyst that brought me to a vegan lifestyle in 2013, but on this journey, I have learned many more reasons a vegan lifestyle is the best choice for me and my family. Please join me as I share my experiences, my faith, and my passions. On this blog, you will discover much about health and nutrition, you will learn about infertility, you will read about my Catholic faith (especially how it pertains to a vegan lifestyle and infertility), you may see vegan recipes here and there, and you will most definitely see lots of pictures of my dog, Xanh, who is our first “baby.” Welcome. I hope you’ll stick around for a while!