This blog post was written by Keiko Zoll of The Infertility Voice.

In 2009, after I had been dealt quite the blow with my premature ovarian failure diagnosis, Larry and I were left with lots of questions and few answers.

We were in luck (as lucky as you can be with infertility) when I found out about the RESOLVE New England Annual Fertility & Adoption Conference. it was local to us in our state and had 40+ sessions to get all those answers we’d been left with in the wake of our diagnosis just six months prior.

2009 was a tough year for us. I had just been told that I couldn’t have children of my own and not a week later, Larry had been laid off. We applied for and received a full scholarship for both of us to attend the conference; without it, we wouldn’t have been able to go.

Going to the RNE conference changed my life:

…it was a fantastic experience full of valuable information. It’s a lot to digest at once, but I think we’ve come out richer and more knowledgeable on the other side. For the first time in several months, I’ve come out with a genuine sense of hope.

I’ve been back every year since as a volunteer, the only exception being last year.

My journey has been “easy” – relatively speaking, of course. I got pregnant on our first round of IVF, our first foray into fertility treatments entirely. But the four very long years to get to that moment were fraught with some of the darkest days of my life – days when I didn’t even want to get out of bed I was so burdened by the emotional weight of my infertility.

RESOLVE New England was the organization that was there for me, throughout it all. I went to their half-day seminars, their Annual Conference, and even their support groups…  Read the rest of Keiko’s blog here.