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Juvarya and Shaun

Juvarya and Shaun

Shaun and I got married in 2013. We married quickly as we had waited so long to find each other - I was 34 and he was 38. At our wedding, our emcee asked people to think of the top words that describe us - for Shaun it was unanimous: ‘Amazing with kids’

I went off birth control the moment he proposed - it had taken us so long to find each other, I didn’t want to waste any more time. I couldn’t wait to see this man become the best dad in the world!

But six months went by, we got married, and then another six months went by. By this point we were trying acupuncture, supplements, every natural remedy you could think of. Finally, we got a referral to a specialist and started getting tested. It wasn’t until after my 38th birthday and researching adoption thoroughly that we finally built up the courage (and the bank account) to start our IVF journey.

We are going into a fourth and final round of IVF. Fourth, because our results have been slow, but hopeful. Final, because IVF isn’t publicly funded in B.C. yet and this is the last round that we can afford.

In the meantime, we are adoptive parents to Shmi and Daryl, a sweet mama cat and her adventurous baby girl. Our journey has been difficult, but if there is a silver lining, it is that it has brought us even closer over the past three years - and we just know that we will be great parents, and hopefully really soon!

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In 2011 my husband and I decided that we would like to start a family. My cycles were like clockwork, we were young (both under the age of 30) and healthy.


Never did I think I would ever have troubles conceiving. I see it all the time. Everyone is announcing their newest arrival. Babies are everywhere, especially in my family.


Some people are born nurturers. I was one of those. As a child, I enjoyed playing with dolls and pretending they were my babies.