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ESPN anchor, Hononegah grad Nicole Briscoe opens up about pregnancy loss, infertility

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Nicole Briscoe has been speaking openly in recent months about pregnancy loss, infertility and the challenges she faced becoming a mother.

Briscoe, who people in the Rockford area may remember as Nicole Manske, a 1998 Hononegah High School graduate and television news reporter with 13 WREX, shared those stories and more Tuesday when she delivered her keynote speech “Having it all, What it means to have your all” at the Influential Women in Business Luncheon in Beloit.

Nicole Briscoe is seen here on the set of ESPN's SportsCenter on Nov. 22, 2019 in Bristol, Connecticut.

Nicole Briscoe is seen here on the set of ESPN’s SportsCenter on Nov. 22, 2019 in Bristol, Connecticut.

Briscoe spoke about her journey with In-vitro fertilization and her challenging path to motherhood in a People Magazine feature in April for National Infertility Awareness Week.

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When Nicole Briscoe and her husband decided to start trying for a family, she noticed it wasn’t “going according to plan” — but never could have anticipated the journey that was ahead of her before she was finally able to become a mother.

Now 40 and mom to daughters Blake James, 4½, and Finley Evers, 7, with husband Ryan Briscoe, the ESPN SportsCenter anchor opens up to PEOPLE in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week about her own road to conception, which was filled with numerous hurdles.

Nicole and Ryan, 39, tried for 15 months to conceive on their own with no luck, then turned to fertility treatments — which, for the couple, amounted to six intrauterine inseminations (IUIs) and, when those didn’t pan out, multiple rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Luckily, their daughter Finley was born after that

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