Share Your Story: Meet Kari Thorp

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 Kari Thorp.





Name: Kari Thorp
Age: 38
Location: Andover, MN

Give us your quick bio:


At 18 I had my uterus removed. At that time I was told I couldn't have children. Fast forward I met a Dr who introduced me to surrogacy. It was a concept I hadn't heard of it back then. I brought it up to my family and my sister offered when she built her family she would help us build ours. It was a journey; that's for sure. My son is 7 yrs old now! We are currently pregnant with a good friend as our surrogate. She is 14 1/2 weeks.  Both instances have been a journey with ups and downs! 


What is your personal experience with Infertility?

When I was 18 I was told I had to have my uterus and cervix removed shortly after my senior graduation.


At your lowest point, how did Infertility impact you?


This happened at such an early age I didn't know how to handle it. I had never heard of it nor knew anyone that went through this. My dream of becoming a mom was crushed.


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


Finding out our surrogate, my sister, was pregnant and the support we had with friend and family was absolutely incredible! When I felt confident in sharing our story and finding out how many people I didn't know struggled with infertility, that's when I knew sharing my story and helping others that they are not alone in this journey.


What actions did you take to help you heal?


I attended support groups and have been a volunteer with Resolve for 6 years. I am sharing my story on the surrogacy panel at their annual conference in Minnesota.


What would you tell other people facing an Infertility diagnosis?


That you are not alone, we are in this together and we will be there to support you through your journey and after. Sharing our stories is important as it helps others feel supported.


How do you views align with the InfertileAF Mission?


I love absolutely everything they are about. They are an amazing support for the infertility community and they don't single anyone out.



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~Thank you, Kari, 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!