There’s nothing more glamorous than a beauty pageant, and while it can certainly be rewarding, it can also be a very vulnerable experience. Opening yourself up to the world and sharing intimate details of your life can be incredibly daunting.
While preparing and planning for pageants, Amanda was simultaneously fighting her own battle with infertility. After experiencing three devastating pregnancy losses, she discovered she had a bicornuate or “heart-shaped” uterus which can increase the risk of miscarriage. This diagnosis led Amanda and her husband Marc to undergo in vitro fertilization or IVF as well as hire a gestational carrier.
Ultimately, Amanda decided to create a non-profit to help others fight for access to fertility care and preservation. National and local advocacy groups have joined her on this journey, and we hope you do as well.
Kendahl currently attends the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
During her last semester of college, Kendahl was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer. Prior to chemotherapy, she was recommended to look into fertility preservation in order to save the possibility of starting a family in the future. At The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Kendahl underwent oocyte cryopreservation before beginning what would be the first out of six rounds of chemotherapy.
Kendahl aims to use her experience as a cancer survivor to be an advocate for her future patients and the best healthcare provider she can be. She recently became involved with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Her interest in spreading breast cancer awareness among young adults led her to create the “For YOUth” social media campaign during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She also aims to use her experience to speak out about fertility preservation. Joining the Nevada Fertility Advocates team is her first step in doing so.