I have so many different topics I am excited to share with you. But before I do, I thought I would start with a personal story, so you can get to know me a little. My journey to motherhood...my IVF Journey.
I am sharing this story because I don’t think it should be so taboo. I don’t feel like its something to be ashamed of. I am sharing this story here because it is something I will absolutely be honest about with my daughter when the time comes. I am sharing this story because someone else shared their story with me at a time I needed it most. It helped. They helped. And I hope I can do that for someone else.
I have wanted to be a mother for as long as I could remember. But when the time was right for me to get pregnant….I couldn’t. My husband and I tried a few different fertility options, but ultimately needed In Vitro Fertilization, or IVF.
IVF is literally the most emotionally overwhelming thing I have ever gone through. There are so many mixed emotions of failure, hope, fear, excitement, guilt and anxiety. There are needles, pills and more. There are endless doctor appointments, with strict schedules to follow, sonograms, bloodwork, surgical procedures and anesthesia. You literally become a human pin cushion. You are pushed to your emotional breaking point. And yet, there is a magical ending that could be yours. So you keep it all at bay and you keep going.
My IVF story isn't unlike anyone else’s. I had a pretty “routine” treatment. My body responded well to all the medication. We were able to retrieve a good amount of eggs and have a healthy batch of them fertilize. We transferred two embryos and one liked it enough in there to grow into a beautiful, amazing, healthy & incredible little girl. It worked. The magical ending was ours.
I am not going to go into all the medications and specific treatment plan that we followed, because everyone is different. I want those of you who are TTC, or trying to conceive, to trust that whatever path you are on, is the right one. But you are not alone.
I, too, hesitated the first time I held a needle to my abdomen, not sure if I was going to be able to do it. I also cringed looking at the bruising on my skin from so many injections. I, too, screamed when the sting of the medication was too much to bear. I also cried when my muscles became too tight to walk up the stairs or roll over in bed without pain. I, too, thought I couldn’t do it anymore.
My fellow TTC sisters, you are not alone. Whether it is IVF or another fertility treatment that you are going through, there are so many of us that are right there with you. And this TTC sister isn't afraid to talk about it!
If you have any questions about IVF or the process, please contact Cassie at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a story, struggle, or relatable situation you'd like to share, contact us too! We would love to help your voice be heard!