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 and I didn't want to have an only child, I am extremely grateful for my one and only son. Time has helped me accept there are things 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. Readers will discover how my closest friends from RESOLVE of San Diego and I found happiness after infertility in unexpected ways. A portion of the proceeds from our book will be donated to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my website. I am here for YOU!
In-Fertility & Friendship,