In this week’s feature, Amazing Mom Ren McMillan, bravely shares the story of her miraculous pregnancy and the blessing of her precious son.
On her struggles with illness and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome:
I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at a young age. For the rest of my teen and adult life I have been faced with a host of medical complications including Fibromyalgia and Ulcerative colitis. In my mid to late twenties the PCOS and a mysterious hormonal imbalance caused me much grief and several hospitalizations. Doctors were unable to find a solution to constant heavy bleeding with no apparent cycle for over 5 years. During that time, I was told that I may never be able to have children. The doctors worried that I may not even be making any eggs. I was heartbroken but still hopeful that I may one day have a baby. I decided that I would adopt a child. So if couldn’t have any kids, I would have jumped straight to that option. Motherhood was the future I imagined for myself. When I got married, I immediately stopped all of my medication in hopes of “purifying my temple”. I knew I couldn’t have a baby while taking as many as 21 pills a day, so I had to make a clean break. It was hard but I was determined.
On discovering her pregnancy:
My husband and I went on a late honeymoon to Grenada. While there, we decided to visit the OBGYN as soon we returned, to begin fertility treatments. The day we returned home from the airport, I stepped into the house and was hit with a wave of nausea. I woke up the next morning and felt the same. With much hope and anxiety, I bought a home pregnancy test. As I waited those 20,000 seconds for the results to appear, my heart beat reverberated throughout the entire house. Two lines! Out of nowhere I kept repeating the word “Alhamdulillah”. I hadn’t used this word in many years, but I could hear my grandfather responding to any good news with this beautiful expression of thanks and I just kept saying it over and over. I was beyond overjoyed. The fears of being able to carry and give birth to a child, with all my health complications were assuaged by my husband’s words. “God won’t give us a miracle to come and take it away.”
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