Choose Joy Event 2015 Recap

This past weekend I was privileged to take part in the Choose Joy Event in Southern California. This was my first time attending the event, and I can say with confidence that it will not be my last. ...more

Infertile Ground

This post has been simmering just beneath the surface for me over the last 2 weeks.  Well over the last 10 years really.  There was a post on a forum I follow asking will you ever forget your infertility when becoming a parent through adoption?....more

Tips for Those Struggling with Infertility

My husband and I have been going through that big scary thing called infertility as you probably know if you have read this post and this other post....more

Learning self-compassion

It is very hard for us to exercise self-compassion when we are hurting. But so often, what hurts most are our own views on a subject, and the very cruel judgements we make about ourselves. I know I do it -  sometimes to feel that I am prepared for the worst case scenario in a particular situation, sometimes just out of habit....more

The Results of Our 3rd IVF Cycle

The past 10 days have been a mixture of anxiety and joy, fear and hope.  I wasn’t quite sure when or how I should write this post.On Wednesday, March 25th I had my first beta. It came back at 67, but I didn’t find that out until I went in for my second beta on Friday. That one came back at 207. On Sunday, it had increased to the upper 500s. Our fourth and final beta last Tuesday came back at 1183....more
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The 3 Biggest Myths About Infertility

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is coming up on April 19, which is a perfect chance to bust some common infertility myths. These are the three I hear most frequently. ...more
And secondary infertility is just as heartbreaking as primary infertility -- they are just ...more

The Worst April Fools Joke

 April Fools' Day is one I have never understood.  For kids, I can see how it's entertaining to pull juvenile pranks on friends.  As adults, I have yet to get the humor in it.  I don't know, it just seems immature and a waste of time in my overly blunt honest opinion.  There is one joke in particular I really have never understood.  The "I'm Pregnant" Joke. ...more

The Issue Of Blood: Living With Fibroids: The Return Of The Flow

Hello Everyone. I've been bleeding for almost a month during March 2015. I can't tell if it my regular period or the bleeding from my fibroid. Well I guess it's time to  start taking  my D3 vitamins and drinking herbal tea again. When my bleeding had stopped I decided to stop taking my vitamins, but months later the blood flow started again. The past four months has been paradise to me! But when March  2015 came, it has been an obstacle course.  And once again, I got blood on my bed sheets....more

April 1st: The Day the Internet Changed My Life

No joke: Tomorrow is a very special and wonderful anniversary for me. Seven years ago today the internet helped me have a baby. Seriously. Wait. Do you not know this story? Oh, it's a good one. And it's nice to be reminded that the people on the other end of the wires and tubes and webs of our computing devices are as connected to us as we will allow them to be. ...more
Wow!  I hadn't heard your story before.  Seriously, the online infertility community is just THE ...more

And Then There Were 8 (IVF Update)

Last week I posted about the miraculous news we got at our embryo transfer.  A few days later, we got even more good news.  In addition to the two embryos we froze on the day of the transfer, our RE was able to culture out and freeze 6 more!!  That means we have a total of 8 frozen embryos....more