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Jenelle M: Community Support Through Journey of Loss and Joy

Jenelle M: Community Support Through Journey of Loss and Joy

When my husband and I began our efforts of adding a second child to our family I searched for an app to replace paper charting. I settled on Kindara because of how aesthetically pleasing it was and was very happy to quickly find it meet all of my needs and then some.

Specifically I found the knowledge base a fantastic complement to Toni Weschler's Taking Charge of your Fertility. And the community has been a very surprising bonus.

My journey on the app and within the community began with excitement and naiveté. Our very first attempt at conceiving our second baby was a success after just a few months of charting! I was so happy to share my news with my small group of followers. Sadly, that pregnancy would end up being ectopic. I would post about my impending emergency surgery, finding out how close I had come to dying and how alone I felt.

Would I ever get past this uniquely devastating experience?

To my surprise I was able to find a handful of fellow ectopic survivors within the Kindara community. A few were ahead of me and offered supportive words that will forever be a part of my healing. I would become pregnant again a short time later, but this would be a chemical [pregnancy], again my Kindara followers were there supporting me.

As difficult as those losses were I realized I quickly learned I was absolutely not alone in my struggle or desire to grow my family. I shared this dream with many woman all over the world and being able to help others with their charts and questions has helped make this difficult process more bearable.

We now have two sons and are back to charting. I would have liked my fertility to stay at bay a bit longer while breastfeeding but very happy to have my Kindara app to bring me joy each morning.

Thank you to the developers and all those working tirelessly on Kindara. Your work has spawned Facebook groups and my "Kindara girls" have become so important to me. We have shared our pregnancies, births, joys and sorrows of parenting, a lucky few are already onto second pregnancies! And a few of us have already experienced loss... but we have our community and are so very grateful!

The day will come when my fertility days will end, but the impact Kindara had on this special part of my life will forever be felt. Thank you!

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