- After discovering that a series of medical conditions would make for an unsafe pregnancy, Kelle Amaro made the decision to adopt—and is now the mother to a 2-year-old son.
- “I would go through the pain, surgeries, and all those experiences a hundred times if I knew that's what it took to be Elliott's mama.”
Kelle Amaro always knew that she wanted to be a mom someday. But she also knew pretty early on that her path to motherhood might not necessarily be typical—whatever that means. After dealing with horrific period pain for several years starting when she was in junior high, Amaro was diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition that causes endometrial tissue to grow outside the uterus. Endometriosis afflicts as many as 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years, and complications can sometimes lead to infertility. So long before she was ready to even think about becoming a parent, Amaro had already come to terms with the fact that the journey might be a little complicated.
As she dealt with the pain and unknown that often accompany endo, couldn't possibly fathom at the time that it would all eventually lead her to Elliott, the two-year-old son she and her husband have fostered since birth and legally adopted this year. "I wish I could have told myself how full my life feels with him in it, but I don't even think old-me could fathom that," she says. "It's just one of those things."
But Amaro and her husband are already planning on going through the process once more, to give Elliott a sibling. Below, she shares an intimate look inside her reproductive journey, and why the ups and downs of foster-adoption were so, so worth it.