about our founder

Katie O’Connor | Founder

Katie & her family

I am the founder of Shine: A Light On Fertility.

Shine was born from my personal journey through infertility; at its core it is a unique support community, providing education and knowledge, and it has grown to be the voice and advocate for all affected by fertility challenges.

I am married to my high school sweetheart.  We grew up in the suburbs and now are proud city dwellers in Bucktown.  I am a mommy to my energetic and creative daughter [who has many nicknames – like LOC, Scooter, and G].  I am also the furr mommy to our two adopted cats.  I am an only child and my parents still live in the same house I grew up in.  I love LOVE running, especially marathons.  And I am passionate about being an advocate and voice for those with fertility challenges.

I love meeting those touched by fertility challenges and seeing how they have overcome and persevered.  I look forward to seeing Shine’s family grow!

More on my personal journey:

My story started way back in late 2008…My road to PG (short for pregnant) was a bumpy one…I went through high points and low points…

It started with my husband (Bill) and I deciding we wanted to start our family, getting off the pill, and ringing in 2009 with a normal annual exam at my OBGYN, learning I have a non-existent period, going through preliminary testing, trying several rounds of hormonal meds to help “jump start” my period, nothing working…, getting referred to an infertility specialist, going through WAY more testing, getting diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), to even more rounds of hormonal meds, more than I can count blood works and ultrasounds, and again nothing working…, finally getting my period started, turning the corner to 2010, to several failed IUI (the glamorous acronym for Intrauterine Insemination, previously known as Artificial Insemination) attempts, to our first IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) attempt, including more meds (you name it I was probably on it), shots (in my stomach and my behind), tons of monitoring appointments (blood work and ultrasound), periods of stress, sadness, pain, and general “why me”, to finally in June 2010 the feeling of overwhelming joy, hearing the words “you are pregnant”. And our happy ending was welcoming our baby girl into the world February 5th, 2011. The journey will forever be with me and has made me a stronger woman.

contact me: katie@shinefertility.org