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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2012 7:00 am | Updated: 12:41 pm, Fri Oct 5, 2012.

Struggling through infertility has taught Ahwatukee Foothills resident Kelly Damron a lot about herself and it’s all lessons she has since been passing on to others through Resolve.

Resolve, the national infertility association, offers support, resources and education to families struggling with infertility. Damron has been volunteering for Resolve for years, ever since she gave birth to her own twins after going through in vitro treatments.

“I was using an individual counselor and she told me about Resolve, but I just didn’t think the group session was for me,” Damron said. “Looking back I kind of regretted that. I realized Resolve is something I could have used, which is why I got involved after we had our kids. I could have used support from women who were in the exact same position as I was, rather than handling it all myself.”

Damron went through Resolve’s training and has been volunteering as a peer support group leader for women who eventually did get pregnant, or had children through adoption, and what comes after that.

“We talk about the differences about being pregnant after infertility treatment versus spontaneously,” Damron said. “We talk about what to do if you have twins or triplets. I can connect with women over that. We also talk about postpartum and I can connect with women over that because I had a combination of postpartum and post-traumatic stress disorder after our kids were born. I was able to help them through that so it was perfect for me to be in that role. I know what they’re going through, even if sometimes they don’t. It’s nice to be able to be open with women who are seeking that help and it helps you recover and move past it on your own as well.”

Damron has also volunteered to help with different events Resolve puts on, including being the chair for the Walk of Hope on March 24. The walk, which takes place annually at Eldorado Park in Scottsdale, is a celebration of families.

“We have people who have adopted, people who are still in the infertility struggle, families that were created through fertility treatments, and also families that have chosen to live child-free,” Damron said. “It’s really a celebration of the fact that we’ve had successes and to give hope to people who are still struggling.”

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and tables at the event will have food, activities, and information for the whole family. The 1.8-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m. It’s free to attend, but any money raised will go back to supporting Resolve’s programs.

It’s a cause the Damron family is very close to.

“It’s hard to describe,” Damron said. “When you’re trying to get pregnant and you’re not having any success maybe you’re a couple days late and so you take that pregnancy test. When it turns out negative it’s disappointing. Imagine doing that 12 months later or 18 months later. You’re disappointed every month. It becomes an obsession… It’s all very dark. It’s different from any other disease or condition.”

Now looking back at her 7-year-old twins, Damron said she wouldn’t trade it for anything.

“They are absolutely amazing,” she said.

For more information on the walk, visit resolve.org and search “Walk of Hope.”

Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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