Today’s success story is about a woman named Sam. She’s a 33-year-old self-employed attorney who met her now husband on a blind date. Today, they both work hard but also play hard and enjoy planning trips and traveling together. She always knew she wanted to have her own business and assumed children would be part of her long-term life plan, but originally wasn’t concerned that it might not happen. They didn’t try on their own for too long because her cycles were erratic after coming off of birth control. Although her OB didn’t think she needed to see a reproductive endocrinologist, she scheduled an appointment anyway. Much to her surprise, the RE recommended heading straight into IVF. Join us to hear how her world came crashing down following a successful cycle and how she was able to pick up the pieces four months later.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- Sam is a 33-year-old attorney who loves to travel
- Before infertility, she was a Type A planner who was driven and focused on her career and the plan for children
- How she and her husband were set up on a blind date by a colleague and “clicked” from the beginning
- As a couple, they are dedicated to their work and love planning trips and relaxing at home
- How Sam always pictured a big family and holiday celebrations
- How buying a house and her career were impacted by the desire for children
- After trying for 8 months, she knew her cycles weren’t normal and saw her OB
- The first RE appointment and the shock at the recommendation of going straight to IVF
- The possibility of endometriosis, though not a clear diagnosis
- How Sam lost hope multiple times, especially after the first IVF transfer
- How time went by and healed her body and soul
- A fond memory of laughing with her husband over needle disasters during injections
- Fertility acupuncture, CoQ10, special diet, timed intercourse, and then IVF
- Great results from a subsequent cycle until a subchorionic hematoma was found
- Having to decide to terminate the pregnancy and Sam’s advice to others in that situation
- Not being comfortable with the 2nd pregnancy until 34-35 weeks
- Balancing work and treatment
- Bouncing back after the loss
- Amazing insurance coverage for treatments in MA
- The emotions at the birth of her son after all the stress they went through
- How infertility has changed Sam: “I’m a lot better at getting blood drawn! It’s also given me an internal strength I didn’t know I had before.”
- Sam’s advice to herself back then: “Take it one day at a time. It feels so impossible in the beginning, but you have to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Words of Hope:This too shall pass. It’s not a forever thing. You will find yourself again on the other side. Click To Tweet
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