Kat and her husband, Ray, reside in Northern Illinois and just recently welcomed their baby boy. Their son came to them through the amazing gift of embryo adoption after years of infertility, which Kat has documented on her personal blog. Kat’s journey created a passion in her to spread the word and advocate for embryo adoption. Her son is a constant reminder of the many embryos still frozen and waiting for adoption, and her hope is that more of those precious little lives can get “out of the freezer” and have a chance at life. Kat is excited to use her story and experience to help other families who choose the embryo adoption path.
When I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure in 2016, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me and never imagined infertility would be a part of my story. In the midst of my devastation, I resolved that I was not going to give up on having a family. I continued trying any- and everything to heal my infertility and we continued trying to get pregnant for several years, until I was completely exhausted with all of it and decided I needed to take a break.
Several months passed and my husband and I started to talk about other options. It was in that moment that we realized that we both had always had a heart for adoption, though we had never actually discussed it together. So we decided we were ready to switch gears and move forward with infant adoption. Somehow, while researching one day I found Susan’s blog and we ended up partnering with CAC to assist us in the process. We had just started the home study when we had to pull back and pause it, due to several major life events that hit us all at the same time.
When we were ready to start the process again, I randomly heard about embryo adoption from a family member. I had never heard of it before, and quite honestly had no idea what it was or entailed. The moment we watched our first video about embryo adoption, we knew instantly that it was the path for us. We were so amazed and excited at the thought of me being able to carry my adopted child. Our perfect baby boy was born in October 2022 and we have never felt more blessed.
I truly believe that this was God’s plan for us all along, and He has shown me once again that He can write a better story for my life than I could even dream. I believe that my son was meant to be ours and that God has always planned to use our story to educate others about this option and to advocate for the many frozen embryos waiting to be given a chance at life.