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I started my on-line presence in 2002, after my husband and I decided to start a family. It appeared pregnancy was not going to be a simple endeavor for me. We started trying to conceive in 2001, and did not have any success until 2004. I joined a webpage called Fertility Friends, and did all the stuff a woman desperate to have a child does. I tracked my morning temperature and posted pictures of pregnancy and ovulation tests to bulletin boards to see if that much coveted line would appear. I would be up all hours of the night chatting, trying to ascertain if a shadow of a line meant a positive pregnancy test, and when I did get a positive pregnancy test, I cried when the positive test was a false positive and again when I lost a pregnancy very early along. After having my children, I joined bulletin boards. I participated in bulletin boards with female veterans, mothers, and eventually mothers of children with developmental disabilities.