I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and after making some stops across the country for work, I settled in Atlanta 6 years ago. My wife, Sarah, and I met at work in 2014 and got married in 2016. I’ve been an athlete all my life and enjoy watching and playing sports – though after a few recent injuries I’ve been told to stick more to watching. We have 3 backyard chickens and a cat that I’m allergic to -- but was a package deal with Sarah. We are also expecting our first child in February!
I joined AT&T a few months after college through a leadership development program. I spent 3 years managing AT&T retail stores in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. I’ve worked in AT&T’s Digital organization since 2012 and currently manage a group of complex program managers. I’m also in the process of getting my MBA from Kennesaw State.
Soon after our wedding, Sarah and I discovered we had about a 5% chance of conceiving. It seemed every month in 2017, we would get another call from the doctor sharing another complication preventing us from having a child. We tried a round of IVF but did not have any viable embryos. We eventually decided to use an egg donor, and lucky for us, it only took one transfer to get pregnant! Going through this experience (during our first year of marriage no less) was complex, emotionally and financially taxing, and at times we most certainly wanted to give up. In discovering we weren’t alone and learning more about the world of infertility, it was a relief in some ways to discover that what we were going through was more common than we thought.
Looking back, had we engaged a foundation like JFF earlier on where we could interact with similar people, have conversations about how we felt and learned earlier in the process, I think we would have been better prepared to go through the emotional ups and downs. My desire to join JFF is driven primarily by the desire to help others know they aren’t alone in this process: it is scary, confusing and discouraging at times, but those are normal reactions and there is help out there. Additionally, knowing the financial sacrifices people make to have a baby has compelled me even more. While the infertility journey will always be difficult, I want to help people based on what I’ve learned through my own experience, and the JFF is a great way to accomplish this goal.