She is beautiful, She is fabulous, She is 1 in 6.
She is Nikol from Not Just a Beauty Blogger , and this is (part of ) her journey to parenthood.
Tell us about yourself?
I am Nikol, I am a makeup artist, former FORD model and lover of Paris, our little French bulldog and champagne. My husband and I went to high school together and have grown closer and stronger from our infertility journey. I am passionate about making women feel beautiful both on the inside and out. I of course, like everyone else didn’t expect to have any issues with starting a family and through this journey have found strength that I never thought I had and passion to help other women through the maze of the infertility business. I am a better person because of my struggles with infertility. I feel that God chose me to be a light to help other women through this very challenging time.
How long have you been on your journey?
My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 4 years.
What challenges, if any, are you facing? From the very start of our journey we were diagnosed with Unexplained Infertility. Our challenge is that when you fall into this category there really isn’t much for anyone to go on. We decided from doing 2 IUI’s, 5 IVF cycles and 1 FET and not one RE could tell us what was wrong that we would do elective immune blood work panels. My blood work showed that I have elevated Natural Killer Cells.
In terms of treatments, what have you tried so far? We have tried one IUI with Clomid, One IUI with Injectable hormones, 3 IVF cycles resulting in 2 Transfers (total of 5 embryos) day 5 embryos, another 2 IVF cycles to bank and PGS test (resulting in 2 normal PGS tested embryos) and one FET with a normal PGS tested embryo.
How do you take care of yourself (physically) when TTC?
I read a lot of books on nutrition, I exercised, rested, booked massages and pedicures.
How do you cope with infertility? It’s literally an everyday battle. You have good days and you have bad days. The key is to understand that this is a journey, you are meant to be on this journey even though it’s not a fun journey. There is something to learn from all of this. You have to keep a positive outlook because there is a silver lining. I haven’t seen the silver lining yet but I know if I keep the faith and keep my eyes on the horizon that everything will work out. God has the plan for us and I can’t lose sight of that.
What advice do you have for others struggling? Get connected with other women that are going through infertility. Know that you are not alone in your journey even though it may seem like you are. There is a huge community on Instagram and Facebook that will welcome you with open arms. We are women that support each other and make this journey easier. Reach out and show another TTC, IVF sister that you care.
What do you have planned next? We have just completed all the elective blood work that was still a question from the blood clotting to the APA panel. Everything came back clear except for the Natural Killer Cells. We now have a plan knowing that we need to address the NK Cells. With our immune treatment and using the Stork OTC we have our plan.
What made you start blogging? I had been blogging for my company Fresh Beauty Studio for the last eight years filming beauty videos and writing blog reviews on cosmetics. Infertility in a way derailed my blogging and video schedule. I thought I can’t keep writing about beauty when my whole life is crashing down with infertility. I decided to create a new blog and YouTube channel called Not Just A Beauty Blogger in December 2014 this was the month I went on birth control pills to prepare for my first IVF cycle.
When did you decide to start speaking up? I decided to start speaking up when I watched a YouTube video on Bobbi Thomas the fashion stylist on the Today Show. I felt a connection with her because we are the same age in the same industry and I could relate to her. I felt if she could share her story so could I.
Where do you go for support on this journey?
I have made some amazing connections with other women around the world that have helped me through the ups and downs of my journey. It’s incredible the amount of love and compassion you receive from women you don’t even know.
What do you do to keep the relationship alive through the rollercoaster of infertility? Laughter with open communication on how we are feeling.
What do you think of the Stork OTC? We are so grateful to be able to use the Stork OTC. We have been through extremely invasive infertility procedures, It’s refreshing to have an at home device that takes away the stress of trying to conceive. We love that the Stork OTC is FDA approved and extremely easy to use. We look at it as our own private IUI. I wish that the Stork OTC was on the market when we first started our fertility journey. I am confident that we will have a happy ending to our infertility with the help of the Stork OTC.