Share Your Story: Meet Jenna Amundson

Welcome to the Share Your Story series on InfertileAF, where we feature women and men willing to boldly share their personal insight into their diagnosis or their journey alongside Infertility.

Want to share your story? You can complete your interview HERE!
Without further ado, please meet Jenna Amundson.

Name: Jenna Amundson

Age: 33
Location: Duluth, MN

Give us your quick bio: 
3rd grade teacher, former Roller Derby dame, Eleanor Roosevelt buff, ukulele, book worm, animal lover, proud Minnesotan!

What is your personal experience with Infertility?

5 years TTC. 4 failed IUIs, one diagnosis: unexplained infertility. IVF at the Mayo in July. It’s taken me 5 years to realize life is happening right now, not waiting for kids.

At your lowest point, how did Infertility impact you?

At my lowest I didn’t leave the house, stopped talking to friends because I became “that” friend they had to walk on eggshells around to let me know so-and-so was expecting her 2nd unplanned and unwanted child with the 2nd father. I stopped sharing my feelings with anyone because NO ONE understood.

What was the turning point in your mindset? What helped you find happiness outside of Infertility?

I realized I was bitter and angry for almost 4 full years, and that was NEVER who I was as a person. I used to be so positive and glass-half-full. Then we decided on a plan: finish our house remodel, go on a vacation, and a dream job opportunity came up for me to spend 1 month in New York in the summer (when I otherwise would’ve started IVF). I actually was a group-leader for the Eleanor Roosevelt program Girls Leadership Worldwide where we taught leadership and empowerment skills to 14-16 year olds from around the world. I left more empowered. And it gave me a reason to take a long break, gave me a reason to remember that I am so much more than what I can’t produce. It was the best month of my life. And I have spent the last year slowly getting back to my bubbly self again.

What actions did you take to help you heal?

I took time, first and foremost. I did yoga (for me! Not for infertility), I traveled, I found my value in life again and immersed myself in everything that brought me joy. I basically put myself (and my marriage!) first, and my infertility last.

What would you tell other people facing an Infertility diagnosis?

You are enough. And even knowing that can still mean you want a family, but you have so much more value in this world than what society makes you feel or what your mind tricks you into thinking.

How do you views align with the InfertileAF Mission?

I discovered InfertileAF on a secret IG account I made to document my infertility. But it’s turned into me making actual friends and when I see those “sensitive” posts I’m surprised but I’m not angry or bitter in the least bit! If anything, I’m overjoyed in the fact so many people like me have worked hard to get what they want. And those that choose to be childfree give me a sense of relief because I know my life is great, with or without kids.


~Thank you, Jenna, for sharing you amazing words with our audience. 

If you would like to be bold and share your perspective, be sure to submit your story HERE!