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Just Win Baby

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    Is having children overrated?

    My wife has been disabled since 1998, which was 6 years after we got married, when she was 27 and I was 29. Her health has prevented us from having children. We tried the old-fashioned way and via fertility treatments and very seriously considered adoption and a surrogate when a dear friend volunteered. By the time we got to the point of considering a surrogate, we realized that it wasn't just about conceiving and bearing a child, it was about raising him or her, and her health would make that a huge challenge. I watch my friends and my wife's brother go through life with their kids, and I recognize the financial cost, the time commitment, and the stress associated with having kids. We haven't had to deal with that. In some ways, that has made our lives easier. I am pretty discouraged about the future of our country and our world, given the sad state of US and world politics. I don't worry too much about what will happen during our lifetimes, but I would certainly worry about the future for my children if we had them. Those things said, it is the biggest regret of our lives that we do not have kids. Raising them would have been even more difficult than for 'normal' families, but I feel certain it would have been worth it.