The miracle of becoming a parent is a special moment for every mother, but for Kati Schroyer, the birth of her daughter was a moment she wanted for a long time.
“I was completely overwhelmed with love for her. I couldn’t believe that she was actually mine after all those years of constant heartbreak,” explained Schroyer.
Kati was struggling with infertility for years before Coretta was born January 28.
She and her partner, Joe, had tried to conceive on their own for about a year before Kati sought help from Summit Women’s Group and Dr. Sulang Rosado.
“My doctor was super positive and knew what she was going to from plan A to plan B, if needed.”
Kati had surgery to unblock both her fallopian tubes and during the surgery, she was diagnosed with endometriosis. Through the entire process, she never gave up hope.
“We had this feeling of a fresh start following the first surgery and we had more hope than we had before.”
Endometriosis is a problem affecting one in 10 women or more than 176 million women worldwide. It happens when endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus.
Many women start to experience symptoms in adolescence, but are not diagnosed until their 20s or 30s.
“You know, for so long I was in my own little bubble of clinging onto hope that felt so far away, I honestly felt like my dream of becoming a mother was never going to happen. As the years went by, with the help of Summit Women’s Group and especially Dr. Rosado, I was slowly and surely seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”
After years of trying, two surgeries and one miscarriage — Kati finally got the news she was waiting for.
“Hearing that heartbeat was the best thing ever and I will never forget the way I felt when I found out I was finally pregnant!”
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is experiencing the following symptoms, Summit Women’s Group is here to help.
- Painful periods. Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before your period and extend several days into your period. You may also have lower back and abdominal pain.
- Pain with intercourse.Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
- Pain with bowel movements or urination.You're most likely to experience these symptoms during your period.
- Excessive bleeding.You may experience occasional heavy periods or bleeding between periods.
- Endometriosis is often first diagnosed in women seeking treatment for infertility.
- Other symptoms.You may also experience fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.
If you would like more information about endometriosis, or to schedule an appointment with Summit Women’s Group, visit www.SummitHealth.org/Women