National Infertility Week starts Sunday and a local author and expert is hoping to use it as an awareness opportunity and encourage couples struggling to conceive not to give up hope.

Brighton’s Sue Johnston is the co-author of “Detours: Unexpected Journeys of Hope” which detailed her and several other people’s struggle with infertility. Johnston says some people think fertility is a choice, but often cancer or other health-related issues can cause it. She said there is no easy solution for resolving it, and there is often a lot of complication and heartbreak along the way.

Johnston says one great resource for those seeking help is the website for the National Infertility Association; that link is below. You can also find more information about Johnston on her website, (JK)