The plight of women empowerment is an ongoing issue that many women struggle with until today. Although public scrutiny has modernized over the years, some stayed in the ideological views of the past.
In some parts of the world, especially in those places with a society that remains patriarchal, women are regarded as second-class citizens, always at the disposal of the capricious whims of men. Unfortunate as it may seem, but this is the reality that almost all women face each day.
Women are expected to clean the house, take care of the husband, and must bear children. “Baby-making machines,” as some feminists point out. This mentality has led women to believe that bringing life into this world is essential for one to exist. Although babies can truly be the best gifts, the inability to bear children has brought problematic behaviors for women, to which Sierra Bizzell would like to address.
On a personal level, Sierra Bizzell and her husband, Odell, longed to start a family. But after giving birth to their first child back in 2009 through C-section, it left her physically and emotionally scathed. The surgery left her tubes damaged beyond repair, and both tubes were then removed to avoid ectopic pregnancy in 2016. Because of this, Sierra struggled through depression. However, she persisted.
Being a therapist with a degree in BA Psychology, an MA, a specialized education, and a Ph.D. in leadership, she found ways to holistically heal her body. Because of this, she was able to recover from ovarian and breast cysts and heavy and painful periods. She also successfully improved her egg quality and hormone levels. But the damage in her reproductive system rendered her dreams of bearing another child quite hopeless. Because they could not afford In-Vitro-Fertilization or IVF at that moment, she waited. When 2018 came, however, she walked away from the process while thinking about the women who suffered the same difficulties. Due to her acquired skill of providing therapy, it was only inherent upon Sierra to help other women who are also struggling in their journey of healing and fertility.
Using her experience as a tool, Sierra has used this to speak out and encourage women to share their stories while they work towards physical and emotional healing. In 2019, Sierra and Odell started materializing their support to struggling women through the Faithfully Fertile Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to provide support groups to women who wanted to start their families using non-traditional methods such as IVF and adoption. It also helps women start a family even without the resources to do so because Sierra and Odell believed that money should never be a hindrance to their dreams.
As she turned her pain into passion, Sierra believes that her personal experience of healing, triumph, and love is the best message to inspire wrestling women and help them alleviate their suffering. As an aspiring trailblazer, she hopes to bring a massive impact on women all over the world.