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Monday

20

July 2015

Waiting on Baby | Update 2

I know I just recently did a fertility update, but a lot has happened since that post and I feel like since we are at a point where we finally have some answers, another update is probably appropriate. If you aren’t into these posts I COMPLETELY understand and am in no way offended if you decide to just pass on this week’s post. However, I know there are also a good number of you who either have gone through this, are currently going through it, or are just awesomely supportive of Eric and I and want to keep tabs on how things are going.
 
Here is the most recent update in our newlywed fertility saga. Hear how my most recent doctor's appointment went, and see what answers we finally received!
 
I will try to keep this short and sweet, but I wanted to share the big revelations we’ve received lately in the fertility department. So, a few weeks ago I went in for a big ultrasound appointment where they did an in-depth look and completed a few tests in order to try and figure out what is really going on. And let me tell ya, they found a lot. My poor doctor has some work cut out for him, that’s for sure.

Our appointment started with the ultrasound tech taking a bunch of different photos for Dr. K to review. After the first half of the appointment, my doctor came in to do some testing and take a look at what the tech had found. Unfortunately (or fortunately I guess…answers are better than no answers, right?) Dr. K was able to easily confirm that I do have endometriosis all over both sides of my body. In fact, he’s pretty convinced that at this point it has also spread into my body and is growing around certain organs, which is pretty typical of more advanced endo. However without going into all the details, it was decided that I will need another specialist brought in for my surgery to address some possible extra complications this spread of endo may have caused. *Insert thumbs down here. (more…)

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Monday

15

June 2015

Waiting on Baby | Update 1

A few weeks ago I wrote my first post about my husband and my struggles with infertility. I mentioned that we would soon be going in for our very first fertility appointment with a new doctor. I had a lot of hesitations about going, but all in all I was just hopeful they would find something that would be treatable instead of slapping me with the “unexplained infertility” diagnosis and sending us on our merry way.

Well, that appointment has since come and gone, and a lot has changed for us in just one short month. I’m happy to report that our first appointment went just as good as it possibly could considering it was a fertility appointment, and we finally have a plan. I do much better when I’m able to move forward toward an end goal, no matter how fast or slow progress might be, so I’m very grateful to now have a plan I agree with an can get behind.
 
In today's waiting on baby update I talk about our initial fertility appointment, our diagnosis, and our treatment plan for the next few months.
 
When we walked in to the clinic for our appointment, we were nervous. I’m sure if you asked him directly my husband Eric would tell you that he was just fine, but his face told a very different story. We were quickly taken back by a nurse to get those initial measurements and paperwork done that you seem to have to do at every appointment, and only had to wait a few minutes for the doctor to arrive.

First and foremost, can I please just tell you that I already LOVE this man? We will call him Dr. K, and in our short time together he has already proven to be the most awesome doctor I’ve ever had. This was the first time in my adult life having a male doctor so I was a bit nervous about that, but I was so pleased to discover that we got along very well and I was very comfortable with him. Dr. K started by asking me all about my concerns, my issues, and my family history. He listened intently and asked a lot of questions. We then moved on to the exam part of the appointment. After about 5 minutes of that fun-ness, he told me he would be back shortly. And let me just tell you that that 10-15 minute wait was one of the longest times of my entire life. I didn’t really know what he was going to say, although I did have my suspicions.  Read more…

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Wednesday

22

April 2015

We are the 1 in 10 | Our Story and Our Struggle

If you didn’t already know, this week is national infertility awareness week. A topic that, unfortunately, Eric and I are all too familiar with.

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for months, almost a year if I’m being honest with myself. But for having a personal blog, I’m actually a pretty private person. I’ve written about 10 drafts of this post now, but every time I do I can never bring myself to hit the “publish” button. Some days it’s because I feel like my post sounds too much like a “poor me” serenade. Some days I get nervous that someone I know is going to read it and want to talk to me about it in real life (something I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready to deal with yet). Some days I’m just plain scared to put my life that “out there.” But today, my friend wrote a beautiful post encouraging me to share my story, and I’m finally taking a step in courage.

So whether you are reading this post because you yourself are struggling with infertility, you know someone who is, you know us personally, or you are just plain nosey (all of which, by the way, are totally valid reasons in my book), I want to say thank you. Thank you for your interest and your support and for letting me share my story. Sometimes you just need to share…

Today I'm becoming vulnerable and sharing with you my husband's and my story and our struggle with infertility as newlyweds. I'd love for you to share your story too.

Did you know that 1 in 10 couples struggle with fertility issues? I sure didn’t. And I sure as heck didn’t think it would be something I would ever experience personally. Going into marriage I knew that women on both sides of my family had dealt with road-blocks to getting pregnant here or there so I wasn’t expecting it to be a total walk in the park for Eric and myself, but I certainly wasn’t prepared for what was to come. Read more…

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