NFL broadcaster Erin Andrews, 43, penned an emotional article on Facebook Bulletin to reveal her struggles in trying to conceive a child. This is the first time Erin has opened up publicly about her fertility journey, one that she has been on since she was 35-years-old. As she prepares for another football season, the veteran broadcaster shared that she is undergoing her seventh round of IVF.
Erin, who is married to hockey player Jarret Stoll, shared that while she’s preparing for the kickoff of the NFL season, she’s finding this time “challenging.” She had recently been on a special assignment and was “sometimes working up to 14 hours a day.” But during that time, she “also had to set aside time for IVF treatment.” She referred to this process as “time-consuming and emotionally draining.”
The sportscaster was real and raw in describing how she feels about her body and this process she has been going through for 8 years. “I’m now 43, so my body is kind of stacked against me. I have been trying to do IVF treatment for a while now, but sometimes it doesn’t go the way you want it. Your body just doesn’t allow it. Every cycle is different in a woman’s body, so some months are better than others. When I heard this was the best time to go through another treatment, I had to figure it out all over again. How am I going to juggle this treatment on top of my work schedule? I got so stressed out. When this happens, it really makes you question: is it the future of my family or is it my job?”
This time around, Erin decided it was time to be open about this journey, not just with the public but with her employers as well. “I decided that this time around, I would be open with my show producers about having to come to work a little later than normal because I was attending daily fertility appointments. And I am thankful I did it. They encouraged me to be open about it because this is real life.”
Erin went on to explain how this time it really hit her that she didn’t want to keep this a secret any longer. “Instead of feeling ashamed, we need to give ourselves more love. It freaking sucks because it can seem like it’s such a lonely thing. There are so many of us going through this though, and it’s just not talked about.”
Thank you so much to Erin for opening up about her journey with IVF. We wish her all the best as she goes through her next round of treatments.