Endale Edith is a purpose driven woman devoted to make a difference and impact the lives of those who struggle with infertility.
I have experienced untold fertility challenges which left me devastated, heart broken and isolated. In addition to these feelings, I had to deal with the trauma of not being able to have a baby the “conventional” way and its emotional and financial effects that left me completely drained.
After laying my hands on numerous fertility treatments, the last resort was IVF, an idea all of my being greatly rejected in the past. With courage and high hopes I decided to go for an IVF. I was completely broken when I learned that my first IVF cycle was unsuccessful upon all the expenses. And on top of the disappointment and emotional upheaval, I was under financial pressure to pay back the loan I got for the treatment. The whole experience was an emotional rollercoaster which took a toll on me emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally.
It was a difficult thing for me to talk about my journey especially with friends, relatives, and even with in-laws. It felt like no one understood what I was going through; and, was rather treated with scorn, judgment and ridicule. I believe that many women especially African women are on this boat and infertility has become something that many do not talk about publicly as a result of the stigma attached to it. Many women end up feeling alone and embarrassed to discuss the challenges they are facing.
Determined to reach out to help these women who, just like me, are trekking the infertility desert, Tiny Seeds Foundation (TSF), an affiliate of Endale Edith Foundation was born. I am of the opinion that every woman struggling with infertility needs support to keep hope alive. Endale has embarked on this course with a strong motivation to see TSF committed to achieving that goal, the goal to turn pain into purpose, to give fertility challenged women the assurance that they are not alone and all hope is not lost.
She recalls…‘along the way, I lost myself and I stumbled to pick up the pieces. It’s been a long road with many hard lessons’.