Welcome to Cautious Optimism: An Infertility Podcast. We are three friends eternally bonded by our individual heartaches with infertility. Join us as we discuss the ups and downs that often accompany the road to parenthood. Here’s to hoping for the best and being cautiously optimistic about the future.
The One With A Nudge In a Different Direction: Diondra Terry
So happy to be back and to have a new episode to share with you all with our friend Diondra Terry! Diondra is no stranger to the struggles of infertility and has experienced so many different challenges along the way to creating her family. She shares with us her experiences of being nudged onto the path of adoption which brought her both of her beautiful daughters but also struggling to understand two heartbreaking miscarriages in between. Later, she and her husband chose to go down the fostering route and have been blessed to have the joy of a little boy in their home. Diondra is the ultimate example of embracing a story that is so unexpected but at the same time filled with so much joy "in the meanwhile"!
The One Where A Step Forward Is Better Than Standing Still: Brighton Capua
We are back in a new year with a new episode and we are so excited to share this one! Mental health is something we have always wanted to talk about more on this podcast and we couldn't be more grateful to have our friend Brighton Capua share her story with us. Brighton shares with us her experiences with OCD and how the last few years the mountains of anguish and pain she has been faced with have felt insurmountable. She shares how her expectations of motherhood the second time around were not what she had hoped and how she was able to overcome some of the most difficult times in her life . Her mindset of "Function over Feeling" is one that can be adapted to so many hard life situations especially the difficulties of infertility. We are so grateful to Brighton for her vulnerability and courage to share her heart with us!
The One Where The Embryo Just Wouldn't Stick: Paige Devey
We are so happy to have Paige on this week to share her experience with infertility with us! Paige's path led her to jump right into IVF which was followed by some devastating unsuccessful transfers. After further testing and learning of a new diagnosis, Paige and her husband were able to move forward with a third FET and bring their beautiful baby girl into the world. Paige shares about the different challenges along the way as well as some of the struggles that have come with becoming a new mom as well. Overall, Paige's story is a reminder that life typically doesn't go according to our own plans but that there is always room for hope and "cautious optimism" in the difficult moments.
The One Where Living In The Present Is All That Matters
We have been absent way too long and are happy to be back together with an episode for you all after a few months off!
This episode Karly shares about her miracle baby boy Hayes who arrived back in October 2021. Gratitude and happiness are the standout emotions after many years of hoping to become a mother but there have been some tough moments along the way as well. Some of those being adjusting to the new role of motherhood when it felt so distant for so long, feelings of guilt when things are hard, and also struggling to find the balance of feeling all the joy and also making room for the sad/hard emotions as well. Karly shares how she is just learning to live in the present joy and not take one moment for granted because we never know what tomorrow could bring.
All in all, we are so thankful for this community as it has supported each of us and given us strength through our hardest moments. We hope and pray we can continue to celebrate your wins with you and cry with you and love you through your hard times. We love you!
The One Where With Time, The Answers Will Shine: Sarah Larson
We are so blessed to hear from Sarah Larson on our episode this week! Sarah has experienced parenthood in ways she never expected but it has turned out to be such an immense blessing that has also been accompanied by unexpected challenges in her life. Sarah shares with us her experiences as a young mother, then facing infertility for many years and then the miraculous path that led her and her husband to adopt 4 of their 5 children. Sarah's faith and perspective shine through as she shares how she has found the joy through hard moments and learned that all things are for our good and to help us grow into who we are meant to be.
The One Where Empathy Is Earned: Michelle Larson
In this episode we hear from our wonderful friend Michelle Larson about her unique experiences with motherhood. She shares with us the miraculous birth and life of her sweet daughter Rose and how she has conquered so much in her short 5 years on this earth. Michelle shares her perspective as she has experienced new, unexpected challenges these past few years while trying to get pregnant and add to her family and how she has gained an empathy that has blessed her life in new ways. Michelle is such an example to us of faith and gratitude no matter life's circumstances! We are so thankful to her for taking time to share her heart with all of us!
Real and refreshing
Such a good podcast if you’re struggling with infertility. The hosts and guests do a great job steering into feelings and thoughts without avoiding the hard topics, while at the same time talking with hope and strength. Binged all the episodes and can’t wait for more! Thank you all for sharing!
Raw, Real, & filled with hope ❤️
I have binged every single episode in the last few weeks. You Ladies are truly amazing. It’s so beautiful to listen to your three different perspectives & the paths you have taken. I love how through it all you are focused on god, your wise words give me so much hope even in the dark days. I am getting ready for my 3rd round of IVF later this summer & its refreshing to hear a podcast through the eyes of women who the journey has not been a straight shot or easy for, & are still living through it. Thank you for your cautious optimism & all your doing for this community ❤️
Thank y’all so much for sharing your stories. They have helped me so much. My husband and I are about to start our first IVF cycle and this podcast has helped me process or attempt to process what is about to happen!