My mission as The Infertility Advocate is to provide hope, education and support for those affected by infertility, as well as to expand access for affordable care. My services are compassionate, confidential, and respectful. My hope is that others will find my book, Detours, and my blog to be a positive resource. I also provide care directly, through my support groups, and indirectly, through my cards, JOURNEY OF HOPE wristbands, and advocacy. Additionally, I intend to donate a portion of all proceeds of Detours and my wristband to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.
My Background: I grew up in western Pennsylvania and was the youngest of four children. I used to beg my mom for a baby brother or sister. Mom would say, "When you grow up, Susie, you can have as many children as you want. But you are going to be the "Baby of our Family." I was just four years old when I decided to become an elementary teacher because then I could "have a whole classroom of kids." I majored in English and Education in college and accepted my first teaching position in the Washington D.C. area right after I graduated.
I met my husband, Robert Johnston, a U.S. Naval Officer, when he was stationed at the Pentagon. I soon found out that although my mom was right about most things, she was sadly wrong about having as many kids as I wanted. However, she also taught me to never give up on pursuing my dreams. My husband Bob and I struggled for nearly a decade to have our one and only child. The Navy didn't make infertility treatment any easier either. We moved 14 times in the first 12 years of our marriage and Bob was frequently deployed overseas... often for 6 months at a time. We even had a 2-1/2 year tour in the Philippines in the midst of our battle with infertility.
Although I didn't choose to have infertility, I eventually found happiness after learning how to accept my resolution. Time has helped me accept that some things in life that are completely out of my control. Because infertility affected me profoundly, I want to offer my support to the infertility community and what I wish I had known. I published Detours: Unexpected Journeys of Hope Conceived from Infertility in March of 2017. A portion of the proceeds from Detours will be donated to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.
Today, I live in Brighton, Michigan with my husband, Bob, and our Airedale Terrier, Griff. Infertility was the most difficult thing that I have faced in my life. However, today, instead of it consuming me, I use it for the greater good.
In-Fertility & Friendship,
Sue A. Johnston