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Fighting Infertility

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After following Samantha Busch on Instagram and watching her on Racing Wives, I knew this book would be a must.  Busch has been through such a difficult time and is able to resonate with all the women going through infertility.  This book was a quick and easy read and one I would recommend to those not going through infertility as well.
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Thank you Samantha for telling your story. As someone who has had my own struggles I could relate. God bless you and your family.
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Samantha, thank you for sharing your story. I felt like I was listening to a friend and I really appreciated knowing the backstory of you and Kyle. I saw so much of myself in your struggles. There are so many of us fertility warriors out there and I just found this entire book to be so brave, and unfortunately relatable.
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I deeply admire Samantha Busch's bravery in pulling back the curtain of her fertility, IVF, and miscarriage struggles. These issues plague many women and yet there is little open dialogue about them.  This story brought tears to my eyes but also helped me feel seen. I hope that the Busch family has success in building up their family and I'm grateful to all they've done to support other families with infertility.
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Fighting Infertility: Finding My Inner Warrior Through Trying to Conceive, IVF, and Miscarriage by Samantha Busch
Publisher: Health Communications Inc
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs | Health, Mind & Body | Parenting & Families
Publication Date: March 30, 2021

Fighting Infertility: Finding My Inner Warrior Through Trying to Conceive, IVF, and Miscarriage by Samantha Busch is a memoir recounting the author's struggle with infertility. As someone who deals with this herself, I was excited to read this book.

Before reading this, I did not know who the author was. Pop culture and NASCAR are not really my thing.

At times, I struggled to read this because it was so raw and hit some of my own 'wounds'. Overall, I found this book to be uplifting and encouraging.

I'm so grateful to Samantha Busch, Health Communications Inc, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this ARC ebook in exchange for my honest review.
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💉 |#Partner|Thank you to @hci.books @netgalley & @samanthabusch for the free book! This book is available today! Happy pub day 💕
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🌟🌟BOOK REVIEW🌟🌟
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“Sex became a chore, something Kyle and I both dreaded because it wasn’t fun; it wasn’t done as an act of love or pleasure or connectedness anymore. It was all about procreation, all of the time.”
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💬MY THOUGHTS:
▪️I’m so happy that this book launched during Endometriosis awareness month.  As many of you may know I’ve dealt with infertility and IVF so when I got my hands on this book I couldn’t wait to read it. 
▪️I read this book back in October and I loved it so much! The honesty and real talk was so relatable. 
▪️Samantha discussed not only the difficulties she was facing with the whole process but how it impacted her marriage.
▪️I loved the writing and learning more about her journey.
▪️Content warning: infertility & miscarriage
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@samanthabusch thank you so much for sharing your story. I know that you will help so many people going through their own journey.
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As a woman going through my own IVF journey this book really resonated with me - especially since Samantha and I have had so many similarities in our stories! I literally read this in one sitting and it really made me feel like all the emotions and setbacks we have been through are completely normal and that we aren’t alone in this crazy infertility world we find ourselves in. A must read for all the IVF warriors out there!
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First of all thank you to Samantha for telling her story because I'm sure it was painful to relieve that journey.

This book gives an insight to a fertility that spans years, eventually it results in the couple going through IVF which gives them their son Brexton. A few years later they try IVF again to try for their daughter, sadly it ends in a miscarriage and a failed IVF cycle.
It's emotional and takes it's toll on their relationship with one another and others around them when emotions get too high. 

Overall it's a raw, emotional and informative book that doesn't shy away from the physical side effects of IVF and it feels like a friend chatting to you about their life.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.
4 Stars
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In this book, you follow Samantha on her journey to become a mother.  Like many other women experiencing infertility issues, Samantha experiences a roller coaster of emotions on any given day.  She vividly describes her emotions in all the ways they are contorted but make sense to someone experiencing them.  In reading her words, I found comfort, and my loneliness in my own feelings was tended to.  There were parts of this story that made me laugh, some made me feel emotional and sad for her, and other times I felt aggravated by her.  Samantha writes in a way that makes me feel like I'm going along with her to her doctor appointments, that I am sitting there grieving my own pregnancy losses with her, and this is often what draws me in and makes me really appreciate a book.  Samantha is someone I would want as my ally in my fight for removing the stigma of infertility and raising its awareness, but I would have a hard time being her friend.  I am not religious so I could not connect with her on that and that seemed to drive a wedge between me and my ability to connect with her writing.  There was honestly, I appreciated that.  I felt that the book was a relatively easy read and it didn't take a lot of brain power to try to decipher anything.  Samantha used very accessible language and I didn't feel that this was a challenging read.  I would recommend this book to someone who has gone through pregnancy loss but already has a living child (therefore, experienced a second or third pregnancy loss after a first successful one) or anyone who is struggling to get pregnant and would like to hear or read an uplifting success story for hopefulness.  If the reader is religious, they would appreciate this book more than if the reader isn't religious (like me).
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I’m not a NASCAR fan but I do recognize Kyle Busch’s name. Fighting Infertility, written his wife Samantha, details how they met, married, and then tried to have a family. Except it wasn’t happening. She is very graphic with all of anguish, fear, turmoil, and angst of being unable to conceive. I think women who suffer from infertility can gain some commiseration and comfort in what she writes. They had success with the birth of their son. However, successive attempts to have another child failed. I was stunned by the vicious things her husband said to her after her miscarriage. She shares a lot of intimate details about a very personal struggle. The last part is tips for going through the process and how to handle the varying nuances. Pictures were included, but they weren’t visible.
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Thank you #Netgalley for the advanced read!

I first became aware of Samantha Busch by watching Racing Wives, I ended up loving the show and following her on social media. When I saw this book become available, I was excited to read and learn more! The show did share Samantha's infertility struggles, but I had no idea how much they had been through until reading this. The Busch's are so brave for speaking up and sharing their experience knowing that so many others have unfortunately gone through the same.  I appreciated her raw honesty and how it affected their relationship.  I also am happy they have taken what they went through and created a foundation to help others who don't have the financial means to move forward in IVF.
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I'm having mixed feelings about how to review this book. The fact that someone, anyone, doesn't even matter who it is, made the effort of writing a book about her infertility struggles and her experiences throughout that journey is commendable and absolutely worth of praise. I'm so happy that this is 'out there' because this topic is relatively unknown to most people even though 1 in 6 (!) couples struggle with these issues; whether they just happen to need more than one/two years to naturally conceive or they go through the full rollercoaster of IUI, IVF, miscarriages, etc. 

So, it's actually very common and still hardly anyone opens up and talks about it, possibly feeling ashamed, even in the very open-minded and progressive country that I'm from and live in (which is not the US) resulting in it being a kind of taboo for many people. Which is unneccessary and causes people to give these couples very hurtful (though well-intentioned) comments and 'advice'. 
Going through this kind of long and painful journey would feel much less lonely for most couples if people in general are a bit more aware of what it entails and how they can best support their friends, family and colleagues if any of them are going through it.

When I started reading this book I hadn't heard of Samantha and Kyle Busch before. They were complete strangers to me. Apparently they are 'celebrities' in the US. I didn't know this and this allowed me to read this book without any background or prejudice about these people.
Maybe because of this it came to me as a surprise that at least the first half of this book is basically Samantha giving the reader a full story of how she got to know Kyle, what her life was like back then, how their relationship progressed, how they got engaged, where they went on holidays and getaways, how they decorated their motorhome, what they ate, where they slept, how he proposed her, and every single detail about them planning the wedding, the full wedding day, etc. 
It was exasperating! Omg...it went on and on and it was so sappy! Too much detail, too much of everything, and the writing style didn't help either (trying too hard with crossword puzzle words). I felt like giving up on this book. 

Then finally my perseverance was rewarded when the life story arrived at the start of the couple's bewilderment when they realised that it was taking much longer than they had expected to conceive. There were a lot of things that I recognised from my own experience and I was able to empathise with them and feel comforted at the same time. 
Just like with the irrelevant love story section, Samantha is very generous with details here, which I appreciated very much. To read about how she felt through all of this, how it affected her relationship with Kyle and her friends and family, how she experienced taking the IVF medication, how she dealt with the many dissapointments and with her early miscarriage, etc. I can imagine this to feel like a healing experience for other women going through it. 
Please be aware though that Samantha's experience isn't everyone's. Hers is very emotional and highly dramatic. I know it doesn't have to be like that for everyone, it is very personal. 

At the end of the book there is a section with presents the reader with some sound advice on what you can do to find your resilience and hope when you feel it's slipping away, which institutions and clinics she recommends (in the US), and more. I very much appreciated this section, because it felt very down to earth and it lacked the drama of the rest of the book which I sometimes found a bit much.

All in all, I'm happy I have read this book and appreciate Samantha for her openness. The last section of the book resulted in rating this book 3 stars instead of 2. 

Thank you Netgalley for this ARC.
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Busch is very open with her struggles with infertility and the martial issues that is also caused. She is pretty straightforward about a lot of the physical aspects, including details about her miscarriages. Although some readers may find this difficult to read, others will find it comforting to know they are not alone. Her advice at the end of the book cites professionals and encourages therapy which is a wonderful suggestion. It would have been interesting to hear her husband's perspective as opposed to her mentioning briefly his feelings about it; however he may not have been as comfortable sharing his side which is fine.
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I have always appreciated how openly and honestly, Samantha Busch has shared their infertility journey through her social media influence. It can be such an incredibly isolating experience, and she has done such a wonderful job of normalizing this sometimes long and heartbreaking path to having a family. Their Bundle of Joy Foundation has helped so many families with the financial hurdle of infertility treatments, and I admire that they have made this a big part of their public platforms. 

While I have been somewhat familiar with the Busch family through our family's love of NASCAR, I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this book. Samantha writes in such a conversational manner that this ended up being a book I read in one sitting. It felt like chatting with a friend, and as someone who appreciates talking about the real parts of life, I loved that she shared it all, both the joys and the struggles. 

I always enjoy hearing about how couples met, and this was a very fun part of this book. She is open and honest about their IVF journey and the challenges, both physical and emotional, that have come along with it. Additionally, I appreciated the realistic view about long-term partnerships/marriage and the work that goes into having a healthy and long-lasting relationship. 

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to read an egalley of this book and I know it will be comforting to many readers who have struggled with similar challenges. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the gifted copy. As always, all opinions are my own.
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Detailed account of author and her husbands journey to become parents. This is perfect for someone going thru infertility.

Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.  While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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Samantha and Kyle Busch are incredible people; sharing all of their joys and sorrows with us in order to benefit others.  This book is a look into their lives and it is all out there, in your face.  Nothing is sugar coated.  I laughed out loud and cried while reading this book.  I cannot imagine going through what they did to have their children.  I read about a side of Kyle Busch that we never see at the track.  
There is a lot of information here for couples regarding infertility and IVF.  It was an incredible read.
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Such a heartfelt and put it all out there kinda book. The author left it all out on the table. You will laugh, cry and have hope for the family. It’s a book that any mother would understand and love to read.
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