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Sue Johnston

Brighton, MI, United States

I am an infertility survivor, author and advocate. I am a retired elementary teacher and am married to a former US Navy Captain. We struggled for a decade of our lives to have our one and only son. Infertility was the toughest battle we have ever fought. I vowed that if we were fortunate enough to have a child I would advocate for those who were desperately trying to have a baby of their own. I wrote a fertility support book that I titled, Detours: Unexpected Journeys of Hope Conceived from Infertility. The book covers all family building resolutions including: donor egg, surrogacy, adoption, recurrent miscarriage, unexplained infertility, childless not by choice, international adoption, male factor, IVF, PSOC, ICSI and much more. My book climbed to #1 on Amazon in less than two weeks, and has continued to be a bestseller. I donate all the proceeds from my book to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. After I launched Detours in March of 2017, I went to Washington D.C. to lobby Congress for Infertility Advocacy Day. At that time, I learned that my home state of Michigan was rated a D for fertility support. Upon my return to Michigan, I immediately started my own Peer Led Support Group, created my own line of fertility support greeting cards and launched my blog and website: www.theinfertilityadvocate.com I have gained an international following and have recorded many support podcasts. I have also been a guest speaker at many infertility support groups here in the US. I am a midwest regional mentor for RESOLVE and would love help others start a peer led support group in their area. In addition, I am in the process of collecting infertility stories for my next book. It is my goal to continue to raise awareness about the dreaded disease of infertility, which affects one in eight couples of childbearing age. I wrote an infertility awareness poem and titled it "We Are the One in Eight." I have been gathering photographs internationally of people who have been affected by infertility and will incorporate these profound photos around my poem. In addition, there is an audio portion of my exhibit where you will be able to use your smart phone to hear the voices of infertility. I mounted my poem and the black and white photos above a cradle, which I refurbished and painted black in keeping with the monochromatic theme. My world was colorless when I was struggling with infertility. It is my hope that the viewers of my exhibit will take a moment to read, reflect, listen to the voices of infertility and write a message of hope to those who long to love a child. If you would like to take one of my cards and contact me later with your infertility journey, I would be happy to include your story on my blog or perhaps in my next book.

Sue's ArtPrize Entries

These are Sue's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

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    We Are the One in Eight

    2018 ArtPrize Entry Sue Johnston
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