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Infertility support group offers help to eastern Iowans

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Andrea and Brad Dellit are raising awareness about infertility Andrea and Brad Dellit are raising awareness about infertility
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Sunday marks the start of the 25th annual National Infertility Awareness Week. Every year in the U.S., thousands of couples struggle with an inability to get pregnant.

Andrea and Brad Dellit are one of those couples.

The two started dating in high school and got married 5 years later, while students at the University of Northern Iowa.

"We really just wanted to go off to college and always had dreams of starting a family," Andrea Dellit said.

When this Waterloo couple tried starting a family in their mid-20s, however, they ran into infertility problems, marking the start of a long and difficult journey.

"I think, for me, the hardest thing was the isolation and not really having anyone to talk to that I knew had been through this," Andrea Dellit said.

That's why, in 2012, Dellit started the Cedar Valley Infertility Peer-Led Support Group, which meets monthly.

"There's all kinds of disorders and medical issues that may contribute to (infertility), and some you can treat, some you can't," Andrea Dellit said. "Some people end up with an unexplained diagnosis."

That was the Dellits' experience. She said doctors couldn't pinpoint exactly what was preventing them from conceiving.

"Everyone we knew was having kids and it was really easy, and you're always kind of told that it's very easy and it's sort of the next thing you do, right, in your life," Andrea Dellit said. "For some people, it just really doesn't come that easy, and it's really more people than you think."

The process was a painful and difficult one for the couple.

"I think most people who go through the infertility go through pretty much the same kind of emotional loss and grieving," Brad Dellit said.

"When we started the support group, I was also very shocked as to how many people in the area were suffering with this," Andrea Dellit said.

The Dellits tried for 7 years to get pregnant, until one day, when Andrea decided she was done with medication and procedures.

"You think that you're going to be able to do that the natural way, like everybody else seems to do, but I just decided I wanted to have a family, and that was more important than how we had a family," she said.

The Dellits became licensed foster parents several years ago and ended up clicking with a pair of siblings that came under their care. Nearly a year and a half ago, the Dellits officially adopted the two of them.

"It's been a really great experience having them be a part of our family and being the forever family that we call it," Brad Dellit said.

The Dellits now want other people struggling with infertility to know they're not alone.

"When we started the support group, I was also very shocked as to how many people in the area were suffering with this," Andrea Dellit said. "We don't have a lot of infertility specialists or doctors or anything in the Cedar Valley, so it's been a really big help."

The Cedar Valley Infertility Peer-Led Support Group is holding an open house Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Barrett Forum Student Center at Allen College in Waterloo.

For more information on the group, check out its website here: http://www.cviplsg.com

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