She’s 24 years old and desperately wants to become pregnant with her new husband Richard’s child. But a disease called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is preventing Bishop T.D. Jakes’ daughter, Cora Coleman, from conceiving. PCOS, also known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome, occurs when a woman’s hormones are out of balance.
For Cora, who has wanted to be a mom since the age of 10, having difficulty conceiving, is tearing her apart inside.
Her marital bliss has turned into a fertility nightmare. Mom, Serita, and younger sister, Sarah, helped prepare Cora for her big day. (Image Credit: Rance Elgin/Rance Elgin Photography) Instead of keeping the pain bottled up, however, Cora has chosen to start a blog called “Fertility Faith” for women in their twenties struggling with the heart wrenching cycle of infertility.
The devastating news has prompted Cora to reach out to fellow sisters in the fertility struggle. “I never thought I would be infertile never thought this journey would be so hard, but because this is my life I choose to share it with young women out there that are experiencing the same thing I am,” she writes. In a blog dated January 14, 2012 Cora shares her story.
I was twenty-two years old when I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I was twenty-three when I was diagnosed with infertility. I was twenty-four when I started my first in-vitro fertilization cycle, and December 19th 2011 at 2:45pm I found out that it didn’t work out, and I was not pregnant. My world in that moment shattered.
I prayed, fasted, ate the pineapples, walnuts, and drank the water, and had everyone else praying with me, and things still didn’t work out. That’s what’s so painful about this journey you want so badly for it to work, and you have no control over whether it does or doesn’t.
To read more about Cora’s personal story of infertility, visit www.fertilityfaith.com.