It has been a while – 6 months to be exact – since I last brought
up my struggles with secondary infertility.
The fact of the matter is, I needed a break, and I guess you can say I
gave up. Anyone struggling with
infertility of any kind can tell you that it’s not easy, and it takes a toll on
you. It’s even harder when you don’t
have a large support system. I had to
take a break before I lost my sanity and myself, and focus on the things that were
taking place currently in my life. And a
lot of good things took place within these last six months, too!
- Become a homeowner
- Became a licensed driver
- Bought a car
- Took a well-needed vacation with my husband
not one successful pregnancy, we do have a lot to be thankful for.
trying to conceive struggles, you may have noticed my reference to an amazing
organization called RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. They’re a great resource for those dealing
with the disease of infertility, and for those who have family or friends
struggling with the disease to educate themselves on it.
have been counting down the days until #GivingTuesday,
which takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (December 2nd)
with monthly themes, in order to create a national movement around the holidays
dedicated to giving. Think of #GivingTuesday
as you would Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and how those days have become synonymous
with holiday shopping. October’s theme was “RESOLVE to Give Voice”,
November’s theme is “RESOLVE to Give Thanks”, and December’s is “RESOLVE to Give
#GivingTuesday campaign, I’ll share some things, in addition to the ones
mentioned above, that I’m thankful for.
prepared me for my journey the second time around. Because of it I knew when it was time to stop
and take a break before it all became too much to handle.
there every single step of the way, and endured my many moods and
breakdowns. I’m still sticking to “Clomid
made me do it.”
consider our daughter our “miracle baby” because she was conceived without any
medical interventions, was full-term, and healthy. And although my history says getting and
staying pregnant is not easy, seeing her reminds me there’s still hope. Plus, my new OB is much more supportive,
knowledgeable on the issue, and already works closely with my RE’s.
months ago was my last attempt at pregnancy with Clomid and IUI’s; therefore,
my next step is IVF. One IVF cycle can
cost up to $15,000! And guess what? Not every person gets pregnant on their
first round, so that means tens of thousands of dollars goes towards the
unknown, and some people, unfortunately, have to come out of pocket. I’m definitely thankful I am not in that
group, especially since we have new financial responsibilities; however, you may donate to RESOLVE to support those who are less fortunate in this instance.
closer to my husband’s place of work, which is also close to my new
OB/GYN. All of those things close by
takes away the stresses of travel and time when going back and forth between
doctor appointments. Lord knows, travelling to our RE’s office during the early
morning hours for IUI’s were not fun, and neither were the weekly
appointments. The proximity of each will
make everything much smoother this time around.
support, and allows individuals suffering from infertility to not have to do it
in 1974, is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide
network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to
all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other
reproductive disorders. RESOLVE improves the lives of women and men living with