Uterine Fibroids & PCOS: Caitrin’s Story [SUCCESS]

November 23, 2020

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Today’s success story of a woman named Caitrin. She is a 32-year-old registered nurse who enjoys fishing, hiking, and going to the beach. After trying to conceive for 2.5 years, Caitrin and her husband went to a fertility clinic. After their first timed intercourse cycle failed, a hysteroscopy revealed that she had uterine fibroids. Once the fibroids were removed, Caitrin and her husband tried another timed intercourse cycle, which also failed. They switched fertility clinics due to moving. Her first IUI cycle there gave them their daughter. Tragically, she was diagnosed with a rare disease at 11 months and passed away at 15 months. But even this tragic loss didn’t make them give up hope. They returned to their fertility clinic to pursue IVF with PGD. This cycle resulted in 7 normal embryos. Their first cycle failed, but she became pregnant from the second. Unfortunately, she miscarried at 8 weeks. Join us to hear how Caitrin transferred 1 more embryo and became pregnant with their son.

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Before infertility, Caitrin was career-focused, fun-loving, outgoing, and social
  • How she met her husband through mutual friends in college–but their first meeting was very awkward
  • As a couple, they are a very good team; they view marriage as an equal partnership and have great respect for each other
  • How Caitrin always felt like motherhood would come naturally and be easy to achieve
  • How she wanted to be near extended family so they could be part of her kids’ lives
  • As they started trying to conceive in 2013, Caitrin tracked and charted her cycles after a few months without success
  • When her OB/GYN ordered lab tests, the results were normal, so she was soon referred to a reproductive endocrinologist
  • She did one timed intercourse cycle, then had a hysteroscopy before the next timed intercourse cycle
  • In August 2016, Caitrin moved to a new clinic because of a move; the first IUI there resulted in her daughter, beautiful and perfect, born in 2017
  • At seven months of age, her daughter had a bone infection and began having difficulty sitting up; she started physical therapy but grew worse and weaker
  • With scary symptoms increasing, Heather’s daughter saw several specialists; she was diagnosed with an incurable, degenerative disorder that was suspected to be Tay-Sachs disease
  • The diagnosis was later confirmed to be Sandhoff disease, which is even more rare and shuts down the central nervous system
  • Caitrin and her family celebrated her daughter’s first birthday, and then hospice cared for her until she passed away at 15 months of age
  • Even though the loss was unimaginable, Caitrin and her husband wanted to try to have another child; they considered IVF with PGD and adoption
  • Her egg retrieval in 2019 resulted in seven embryos, but the first transfer failed
  • After an ERA cycle and adjusted medications, the second transfer resulted in Caitrin’s pregnancy, but she miscarried at eight weeks
  • After a Hashimoto’s disease diagnosis, Caitrin had a D & C, took a break from treatment, and began acupuncture
  • With her third transfer, Caitrin became pregnant with her son, born in July 2020
  • How the first sign for Caitrin to consult a medical professional was her irregular cycles
  • How Caitrin chose her fertility clinics both before and after their move
  • What Caitrin did to increase her chances of conceiving
  • How Caitrin felt about receiving her diagnosis
  • Why Caitrin believes there should be an expanded panel of tests in genetic screening so people can be more aware of genetic “silent killers”
  • How and when Caitrin decided to pursue their dreams of parenthood even after their daughter’s diagnosis
  • How the birth of her son has impacted Caitrin’s life with great joy
  • How a Baby Quest grant helped Caitrin and her husband with their huge expenses for medications and genetic testing
  • How infertility has changed Caitrin: “I take everything lightly and try to enjoy the small moments in life. I try not to get overwhelmed by what life throws at me. My daughter’s short life showed us who is part of our support system. We are more thankful for what we have and want to help others in similar situations.”
  • Caitrin’s advice to her past self: “Stay calm. Stay focused. Continue loving yourself through the faults and the good things. Don’t feel like a failure.”

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