Becoming a parent is often seen as a natural part of life. However, many people, more than you might think, face difficulties on their journey to parenthood. For some, in vitro fertilization (IVF) becomes an option to increase their chances, while others unfortunately may never be able to have children. My heart truly goes out to those who experience these challenges.
In recent news, Reba McEntire’s son, Shelby, and his partner, Marissa, have been dealing with their own fertility issues. Marissa has bravely shared their story on her Instagram page, hoping to break the silence and bring attention to this often-taboo subject. It’s important to remember that fertility struggles are more common than we realize. In an ideal world, no one should feel the need to keep quiet about their struggles, but the reality is that many couples suffer in silence.
Marissa and Shelby tied the knot last year with the hopes of starting their own family. They have been open about their journey, sharing candid updates and experiences. With a year of trying behind them, they underwent their first treatment cycle in November, but unfortunately did not receive the results they were hoping for.
Despite the setbacks, Marissa remains optimistic and determined to share their story for the sake of increasing understanding. She believes that breaking the silence around fertility struggles is crucial, as it is a tough and more common journey than many realize. Marissa also wants to remind others facing fertility issues that they are not alone and encourages them to stay positive.
If Marissa and Shelby are successful in conceiving a child, it would be a moment of great joy for both of them and for Reba McEntire. Reba would become a biological grandparent for the first time and it would be a special milestone in their family. Reba already considers her ex-husband Narvel’s stepson Brandon’s children as her grandchildren, and we can only imagine the joy she would experience in becoming a grandparent once again.
Let’s send our warmest wishes and support to Shelby and Marissa Blackstock as they navigate this challenging journey towards parenthood.