Leah Campbell's life has been quite the emotional roller coaster. When she was 25 years old, she decided to start a new life in Alaska. She wanted to start a family, so she drove up solo from San Diego. Doctors told her she'd be able to have children, but after six months in Alaska, Leah started having health problems.
"My doctor said you're going to lose your ability to have kids," Campbell said. "This is not something you can continue to compete with, so you need to make a decision."
Leah's doctor gave her options and she chose in vitro fertilization. Two treatments and 30,000 dollars later, Leah was not pregnant. She lost her ability to conceive.
As Leah lived with her infertility, she started writing a book, which would be titled "Single Infertile Female." She had read books about infertility before but they all had a happy ending. Leah wanted to tell a different story. Leah said her book didn't have a happy ending, so she thought.
Earlier this year, Leah's book--the one without a happy ending--was in its final draft, but Leah's life suddenly began a new and unexpected chapter. One of Leah's co-workers knew a woman in a rural Alaska village with three kids. After she became pregnant with her fourth child, her husband passed away. The woman decided another child would be too much to handle, so Leah was able to adopt the baby girl, Josie, and today she was able to experience her first Mother's Day.
"This mother's day is pretty much a miracle," Campbell said. "After years and years of trying and losing my ability to conceive, it's definitely a blessing to wake up this morning with my little girl screaming in the other room."
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