Fertility Patient and Head of Fundraising FNUK
Cat Strawbridge, aka @tryingyears, is a fertility patient and Head of Fundraising & Innovation at Fertility Network UK - the only national charity in the UK, which supports anyone experiencing fertility issues.
Cat has first-hand knowledge of the difficulties of infertility, having tried for her own family for 6 years, facing several rounds of IUI, IVF and FETs. During this time she has experienced both negative tests and miscarriages. However, following her 4th fresh round of IVF in 2018 she finally fell pregnant which is to be celebrated but also comes with its own anxieties after fertility treatment as well as previous loss.
Throughout the last 6 years Cat has received support through various channels including 121 counselling, friends and support groups. She has also found a fantastic community of peers on Instagram which allows her to offer and receive support from others going through similar experiences. She currently hosts a weekly instalive on a Monday night and has recently launched Live Your Life events for others facing fertility issues.