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Meet Joanna Hackman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joanna Hackman.

Joanna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Storytelling has always lived in my bones. I was that kid who wrote poems and performed whatever I just watched on TV for my family. I’ve pursued that calling all my life.

When I moved to Los Angeles fresh out of college to pursue my acting dreams, I decided to document my adventures in a blog. That blog has been through many versions in the last few years, but it’s currently called Actor & Adventurer. The crazy thing is, I haven’t been doing much of either of those things lately.

My husband and I have been walking through infertility for over two years, and the story that I’m telling has shifted. It’s also become so much more important. I’ve been sharing our journey through writing, and it’s created some incredible opportunities and relationships.

There is a whole fierce community out there fighting to have children, and I’m proud to be one of them.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Sharing our struggle openly has brought an unbelievable amount of love and support into our lives. But it hasn’t always been easy.

We are walking through something heartbreaking. It’s like we got tickets to this grief themed amusement park without knowing. Every time we survive one ride, there’s another around the corner. And no matter who we talk to, we just can’t seem to find the exit.

The toughest part has been the handful of people who couldn’t see themselves in our shoes. Sometimes there is a lack of understanding and compassion from people who just don’t get what it’s like to have this dark thing hovering over you.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of?
I am the most proud of the community that I’m now a part of. Other women, other couples willing to stand up and share their story. Such a personal thing. It takes some serious guts. But I’ve gotten to connect with so many amazing people through my blog, through things I’ve shared about our experience.

Surrounding myself with this community has been one of the most uplifting parts of this whole infertility thing. We all just understand each other. We’re part of a club none of us wanted to be in. That community that I needed led me to an amazing organization called Sarah’s Laughter.

They support women and men enduring infertility and loss in such a beautiful way. And I’m now so proud to lead a Sarah’s Laughter Support Group here in Los Angeles!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to do anything differently, I would have sought help sooner. Sharing my hurt and experience was so beneficial. But having a group of people to talk to who understand is essential.

There is nothing like hearing your own story come out of someone else’s mouth. That shared experience is so bonding. I am incredibly thankful for my Support Group and the way we show up for each other.

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Krystal Alvarez

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