My name is Jaqi Quinlan, I am an artist, designer, entrepreneur, mother and I have MRKH. I was diagnosed with MRKH almost 17 years ago, shattering my whole world as all I ever wanted to be was a mum, just like my mum. I never knew how strong I was until being strong was the only choice I had. A diagnosis of a different kind; a chronic form of arthritis, lead me further on an emotional roller coaster through denial and depression.
Uncertainty took me from one job to another, from a night filler to a graphic designer, a real estate agent to a ski instructor across the other side of the world! It was a very similar pattern in my love life. I finally found my soul mate, my true love, my now amazing husband. And my everlasting longing to become a mum took me on a journey through surrogacy that endured many years of turmoil, frustration, devastation, to eventually ecstatic elation when my whole paradigm shifted the day my miracle entered this world – so pure, so precious, astonishingly perfect. Having her two 'angel' brothers keeping her safe, our miracle was definitely meant for big things in this world.
I was slowly realizing that the struggle I was in today was developing the strength I needed for tomorrow. Meeting the ever so beautiful and inspiring Ally has lead me to join forces and move forward empowering women to be seen, heard and supported indefinitely through this journey called life. My intention as a Big Sister is to try and show our sisterhood that hope is out there, that nothing is too big to overcome, and if you have faith then anything is possible.
In addition to co-founding the Sisters for Love MRKH Foundation, Jaqi is also one of four co-founders of Global MRKH which is the first consortium formed to improve the health and wellbeing for all who are touched by MRKH. In addition to this, Jaqi is also the Vice-President of the MRKH Support Group Committee alongside a number of members, including key executive representatives with The Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney established in March 2015.
Sisters in Silence. Sisters in Noise. Sisters for Love.