Knoxville woman uses infertility experience to help others
After a long struggle with infertility, a Knoxville woman is using her experience to help others.
Katie Heatherly is starting a free support group called, "The Infertility Journey," at Tennova's Physicians Regional Medical Center.
Heatherly and her husband Neil Heatherly started trying to get pregnant following their marriage in 2012.
"Doctors told us we were up against insurmountable odds, because my husband had problems and so did I. It was a shock for both of us to find that out," said Heatherly. "At first there was a lot of shame around just being infertile and then we were watching our friends getting pregnant. We wanted a family so so terribly."
The Heatherly's continued to explore their options and in July 2015, their baby girl was born.
"It was absolutely the best day of my entire life," said Heatherly.
Heatherly said the struggle of infertility is what inspired her to help others.
"Infertility became such a lonely journey, a lonely place," said Heatherly. "I wanted other women who struggle to feel like there's a voice, someone who understands."
The support group is free and will be held at Tennova's Physicians Regional Medical Center the third Tuesday of every month.
The first meeting is Tuesday, April 19, starting at 6 p.m. The group will meet inside the board room on the first floor.