My story summary and our decision

I want to recap our journey so far, for my new followers (welcome and thank you) and for myself. Sometimes it’s good to see how far we’ve come.
Hubby and I have been ttc since 2010. Not really that long when I think about it now. It sure does feel like forever though. That pesky cyst began causing me pain in December of 2009, the month before we started. Then it grew and grew, to the point where I felt it needed to be removed. Useless surgery #1. They told me it was an endometrioma and I probably had endometriosis. I felt worse after that surgery and couldn’t eat well. The cyst came back a few weeks later. Onto RE #1 who really was the one I should’ve stuck with, a reproductive immunologist, who told me IVF was the only real choice for me. Even with endo. I got sick, probably from the stress of hearing what was wrong with me and not getting pregnant.
Once I started feeling a little better, we went to RE#2, he was insisting I get the cyst removed again, before doing IVF. I called my then gynecologist and made him call the RE and he finally agreed to do Surgery #2, May 5th, then he felt it was too bad to try to separate my organs without cutting me open. (Yes, I know, I should’ve went for a second opinion, but I trusted him. I had gone to him for 19yrs). Three weeks later, I had a c-section (surgery #3) without the gift! He referred me to RE #3. My husband and I liked him enough to do our IVF. September 2011, we started our cycle, got pregnant and in an instant it was over. I was put on Synthroid for my Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Our Frozen Embryo Transfer was in February 2012, pregnant, then not pregnant. Then the pain was so bad from the endometriosis that we all agreed it was time to seek out a specialist. I had 3 excision surgeries. The first in May, my left fallopian tube was removed and I had instant relief. We were told to try to get pregnant naturally. The second surgery was in September, where adenomyosis was diagnosed and the third was last month, where I lost my other tube, now I have one full right ovary and only a part of my left ovary remaining. No more miracles for me. Well at least not naturally.
This whole time I kept thinking of what the immunologist said and that’s what made the most sense to me. That’s what we’re doing. My next cycle should start May 9th or 10th, and we will give it one last try.
Here it is guys… Our decision.
We are going to do a fresh IVF cycle. Because of our ages and the stress infertility has put on us and my body, because of the possibility our last embryo won’t make the thaw, we need to give it everything we can. This means I start with Femara, prednisone and lovenox injections, to build my uterine lining and suppress my immune system, then start my stim injections and (pray for ovarian stimulation, a few mature eggs that will fertilize and become a healthy embryo or two), progesterone injections (my behind hurts already), then the egg retrieval (another time having anesthesia, this will be 11th time in 3 years) and finally the embryo transfer (hopefully 2 can be transferred). I pray my uterus and autoimmune system cooperate.

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About our last embryo

I have Endometriosis, Adenomyosis and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I've had Lyme, Bell's Palsy and the Shingles before I was 25. I've done IVF twice, with and without immunosuppression and FET. I am married to my best friend and I am Infertile.
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4 Responses to My story summary and our decision

  1. Wishing you the best of luck!!

  2. notwhenbutif says:

    Wishing you the absolute best. I’ll be keeping everything firmly crossed for you hun!

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