Retreat for Those Experiencing Infertility

June 12th, 2013
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Five couples and four women without their husbands in tow usher into the conference room. We drove various distances to be here. Some from Virginia, some from North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and some from the other end of West Virginia, where our retreat house is located. We’ve been married anywhere from less than 2 years [...]

The TTC Semi-Finals

April 1st, 2013
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I’m seeing double. Double lines on a home pregnancy test, that is! But hold your congratulations. I have been here before, and it did not end well. The way I see it, entering the two-week-wait after an embryo transfer, insemination, or timed intercourse is like entering a competition of sorts, even though we are not [...]

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Two Week Wait Obsessions

March 27th, 2013
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The time between an attempt at pregnancy (be that timed intercourse, an intra-uterine insemination, or an embryo transfer) and confirmation of the result of the attempt is commonly referred to as the two week wait. Generally speaking, it takes about two weeks before a pregnancy can be detected, even though the actual length of time [...]

Having a Backup Plan

March 26th, 2013
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Going into this frozen embryo transfer, I thought I had it all figured out. Since our last failed attempt nearly a year ago, we went on hold to try to align our plans with the will of God. Coming out of the hold period, I felt totally peaceful about this year; 2013 would either be [...]

Faith In the 2 Week Wait

March 23rd, 2013
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Writing in the infamous two week wait. It has been 48 hours since our embryos came home. They were day 5 blastocysts, so we’re hoping they have already snuggled in nice and cozy and are growing well. It will be another 10 days before my first beta is drawn. Believe it or not, I did [...]

Categories: Hope

Audaciously Awaiting

April 23rd, 2011
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In most societies, it is assumed that girls will grow up and have babies. We, as girls are given dolls to play with, babysit, help with others’ kids and are taught nurturing skills in preparation to become a Mom. Historically, women had children at a much younger age and had more children. As women entered the [...]

Welcome to the Fertility Blog A-Z and Everything In Between

April 6th, 2011
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Welcome to the new series of Fertility Blogs! As a Mom and a woman who had some of the most excruciating experiences with my infertility treatments, I can empathize and sympathize with every woman, man and family during these emotional times. A friend once asked me to describe myself, using one word, starting with the [...]

The Goal of Fertility Treatments

April 20th, 2010
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The Southeast Chapter of RESOLVE is having it’s first annual Family Building Conference on May 1st in Atlanta, Georgia (CLICK HERE for more information). Beyond being a spectacular idea – getting people together with experts to discuss issues surroung infertility – it is also very well named! The conference intends to “address the medical, emotional, [...]

Hopes and Dreams

May 13th, 2009
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In the world of infertility you often feel as though you should be “game” for anything – you know that you are going through all of this to have a child and you can sometimes be made to feel selfish or unenlightened if you have a desire to have a biological child. If you want [...]

Lose Hope Continued

April 6th, 2007
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4. Treat each day like the precious gift that it is This may be helpful in not losing your hope all of the way, but I know from experience that when hope is gone, this is the hardest suggestion to accomplish. Each day is not a precious gift while you are in the hopeless mindset, [...]

Categories: Hope