When Dan and Leah Majesky decided to have children, their approach was to stop birth control and let nature take its course. But it didn’t happen. Years passed and numerous medical treatments were administered, but still no joy. The pain of waiting for test results and fertility treatments mounted, until Dan let it all out in a heart-wrenching Facebook post.
Some people find it easy getting pregnant. And although Dan and Leah’s attitude was that it “would be great” if it happened to them, nothing prepared them for the utter devastation they faced when it didn’t occur. In their late 30s, they figured it might take a little more time, but then the reality hit them that it might not happen at all.
The couple underwent IUI, or intrauterine insemination, which Dan described as “the turkey baster method.” Leah was administered hormone treatments to aid egg production. And then it happened: the Majeskys got pregnant. But then, during a routine scan, doctors couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat. As Dan recounted to website The Huffington Post in 2016, “I have not felt the vertigo of infinity like when we were told our baby was dead.”
Many people only talk about pregnancy when there’s good news to be announced. But Dan took to Facebook to talk about the struggle that can exist to get to that point. In a particularly heartbreaking moment, he detailed how it felt for the due date to pass of a person who he never met, but nevertheless grew to love unconditionally. But Dan had something else to share, too.
Dan made his Facebook post in May 2016. His 3,000-plus-word story was accompanied by a photo of a scan, and a few words of hope. You see, despite their miscarriage, the Majeskys continued to try for a baby; Dan announced that Leah was pregnant again, and that he hoped all would end well this time. It did, with Josephine Teresa arriving in November 2016.