PCOS & Factor V: Chelsea’s Story [JOURNEY UPDATE]

January 16, 2017

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Today’s journey update is from a woman named Chelsea, who you might remember from Episodes 11 and 24. She always knew she wanted to be a mom and started planning her life with her husband around parenthood from early on in their marriage. Once it became clear they were having trouble conceiving, and following multiple failed Clomid cycles, she started her long path with multiple REs, IUI cycles, and IVF cycles. Join us to hear how she never lost hope, and certainly never lost faith, that she’d one day have a child.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Chelsea was a “planner” who always knew she wanted to be a mom
  • How she met her husband in college 13 years ago and the relationship blossomed quickly
  • Why Chelsea and her husband say their marriage has a foundation of faith and togetherness
  • How Chelsea prepared her life for her dream of motherhood
  • Reducing stress and focusing on the dream
  • The first RE appointment and the frustration: “We can’t even see you until you lose 10 lbs.”
  • Diagnoses and answers: PCOS and Factor V blood clotting disorder
  • Why Chelsea never lost all hope, even though she felt defeated and frustrated
  • Chelsea’s strength from her faith: “God will either make it happen or change my desire.”
  • Hope—don’t misplace yours!
  • Chelsea’s fond memories of the process: the love, prayers, and support
  • After four IVF cycles, five IUIs, and three miscarriages—a long break
  • After the break, a new RE at a satellite clinic, a new outlook, and new hope
  • One last try . . . .success . . . . .twins are coming in May!
  • How Chelsea and her husband heard the news
  • Why working from home is the perfect flexibility
  • Their simple life, but still being “us”
  • How infertility has changed Chelsea? “It’s brought us closer as a couple, strengthened our faith, made us more grateful, and helped us be more sensitive to others.”
  • Chelsea’s advice to herself “back then”: “Stay strong and hang in there. Don’t be afraid to take breaks to live, to cry, to question, and to advocate for yourself. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t give up.”

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