PCOS: Amber’s Story [JOURNEY UPDATE]

December 26, 2016

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Today’s journey update is from a woman named Amber, who you might remember from Episode 23. As a fertility nurse, she knew exactly what to do when she was having trouble conceiving. After easily being diagnosed with PCOS, her path seemed clear. But after multiple failed IUIs and an ectopic pregnancy following IVF, the path became a bit more murky. Join us to hear how she found the strength to continue along her journey after her lowest, darkest moment.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Amber was a happy nurse with a life full of opportunities
  • How she met her husband, “the calm to my crazy”
  • Why Amber always assumed parenthood would be easy to achieve
  • The first RE appointment (with Amber’s boss, Dr. Rodgers)
  • A PCOS diagnosis
  • How Amber’s roles as nurse and patient merged perfectly
  • Losing all hope with an ectopic pregnancy after an IUI
  • Bonding with her husband through infertility struggles
  • Treatment plans and various attempts
  • Why Amber pursued acupuncture to help with control and stress management
  • Success, twins, and a double-stroller moment
  • Balancing work (at the fertility clinic) and treatments
  • How infertility has made Amber more aware of other people’s struggles
  • How infertility has helped her be more empathetic with her patients
  • Amber’s advice to herself in the beginning: “I would’ve started the process earlier since I realize now how long things can take.”

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