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Our journey with infertility……It might not be easy but it will be worth it.

August 6, 2015

 

Newly married at the age of twenty-one the decision to start a family seemed like the next natural step. Little did we know what that journey would entail. Once I was referred to JCRM for my initial diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) we were devastated. Looking back, becoming part of the JCRM family was a blessing and I now consider myself lucky to have had them with me during my journey.

Once established with all of the initial tests and bloodwork it was recommended we proceed with intrauterine insemination (IUI). After two unsuccessful attempts we were ecstatic when the next cycle was a success. That excitement quickly turned devastating when at 9 weeks there was no longer a heartbeat. After recovering from a dilation and curettage (D&C) we returned for another IUI round. Sadly, that cycle also ended with a miscarriage at 5 weeks. More bloodwork was ordered along with different medications, injections and suppositories. On our 5th IUI cycle, we were blessed with a healthy pregnancy that resulted in a beautiful baby girl.

The decision to try for a second child was difficult because we were now aware of the heartbreak that comes with trying. Keeping in mind of our ultimate goal and understanding the joy in the end outweighs the heartbreak we made the call to return to JCRM. Cautiously optimistic we jumped right back into the same cocktail of medications and procedures.  After 2 failed IUI’s (one resulting in another m/c) we moved on to in vitro fertilization (IVF). Again, I was optimistic that this was going to work. Our first attempt was unsuccessful but trying to look on the bright side we focused on the fact we had 14 embryos to freeze! The next cycle was also unsuccessful followed by a cycle being cancelled the day before the scheduled transfer date due to my lining being too thin. I learned a cancelled cycle is just as heartbreaking as a failed one. Thankfully, the next transfer resulted in a positive pregnancy test. We were once again overjoyed only for that feeling to come crashing down on Christmas day.

After suffering my fourth miscarriage I was mentally and physically drained. I was on the verge of throwing in the towel and accepting the fact that our beautiful daughter would be an only child. Knowing that was not our ultimate goal and we still had frozen embryos I couldn’t give up until we had exhausted every option. We decided to take a break and enjoy a few months without the stress of infertility cycles. A few weeks after my fourth miscarriage we received the biggest surprise of our lives, a natural healthy pregnancy! To this day, I cannot explain it. The tears we shared with the staff as we all watched the perfect little heartbeat confirmed that they were just as shocked, excited and amazed as we were. Amazingly that pregnancy resulted in another beautiful little girl.

Seven years after walking through the JCRM doors we finally had our two perfect miracle babies. Our journey was long and painful but in the end the outcome is what matters and the pain eases every time I look at my babies. Dr. Lipari, Dr. Paschall, Tina S. and Katrina S. along with many other staff members have cried many tears of happiness and sorrow with us and not a day goes by without us thinking of them and being thankful for the part they played in our journey.  JCRM will always have a very special place in our hearts.            Lisa M.

 

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