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it is a long and winding road and i'm glad you are continuing your journey as planned. we are all about the onward.

And upward...

Well. Damn. That sucks. But it will happen. Eventually, it WILL happen.

Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that your last IUI was another friggin disappointment!!

I have my final one booked for tomorrow and I am struggling to believe it will succeed, even though I get brief flashes of optimism, it feels a little pointless as well. If no luck, I will have to wait until May before I can start IVF.

Who knew this choice mom business would be such a tortuous (and torturous!) journey? Good luck to you Sarah, for your next step.

So sorry to hear that the IUI didn't work. I was thinking about you all weekend, waiting for news. Good Luck with the IVF (I did one over the summer and it's not real fun). I'm not super religious either, but I do believe that God has a plan for all of us. I just hope that His plan includes a successful IVF for you!

I switched to IVF after only two tries at IUI and I am currently 12 weeks pregnant from my first try at IVF. And I have a bunch of embryos on ice for a second if I get that daring. I occasionally questioned if moving to IVF was the right thing but once as I got the positive (and stopped hyperventilating) it quickly became old news and I really don't think about it anymore.
Best of luck with IVF!! It is not as scary as it seems at first!

SF - I'm so sorry the last IUI didn't work. But good for you that you're sticking with the plan. It's a good thing to have a plan ...especially when life gets a little challenging.
Wishing you lots of love and good thoughts and prayers.

Wow, how exciting to have won! Thank you!

I'm so sorry the IUI didn't work. IVF is more complicated, but you'll handle it well, I predict, and you will have a much better chance of success. Fingers and toes crossed that it's a quick process!

Remember I told you about my friend who is also TTC? She tried IUI several times before switching to IVF. First try and she's now just about to start her second trimester of pregnancy. I have very high hopes for you. It's possible and, if good vibes/thoughts/prayers have anything to do with it, you have an extra good chance with your army of supportive followers.

I can't remember if I've posted this here yet. (I haven't told half of my friends.) I did 5 IUIs, one surgery, one IVF, and one frozen transfer. (These last two two ended in miscarriage. On my second fresh IVF at CCRM in Colorado, I got pregnant and have now made it to 11 weeks pregnant. IVF does increase your chances. It IS possible. It can just be difficult for some of us.
Have you considered traveling for your treatment? I have no regrets about traveling for my treatment and wish I had done it sooner.

Good luck Sarah, IVF can be daunting but it is possible to get through. I tried very hard to avoid it after surgeries to remove extremely bad endometriosis, but eventually had to go down that road. It was hard at the time -I hate needles and giving them to myself was a real challenge. The point of mentioning these difficlties is that they really are just a foggy memory now and after my first IVF I am now 18 weeks pregnant (and wondering what I've got myself into!!!). I am sure that IVF will increase your chances. I think the protocols are different here in Austalia, but that aside, you are strong enough to get through. Be easy on yourself and keep up with the things that bring you joy. And the benefit of IVF that I kept hanging onto was, if you are lucky enough, you have embryos on ice that remain the same age and therefore are healhier :).

I'm sorry about your latest IUI. When I read about it I remembered the first time I connected with you... August 2009... you were my second commenter on my very first blog post... and we were both still in the planning stages to start our IUI's... here we are over a year later with 13 unsuccessful IUI's between the two of us - WHO KNEW?

IVF freaked me out going into it... but now just a few days before retrieval I'm happy and optimistic about my chances. The shots have really not been bad (after the first day or two). As you get more comfortable with the idea of IVF I expect your optimism will return.

Nothing to say but sorry, and glad you are forging forward.

BB-- Thank you for this comment. Its helping me lift the black self-pity cloud hovering over my head! And good luck! Im keeping my fingers crossed for a BFP!

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    • L.A. 2009. I’m stuck in traffic on the 101 freeway, listening to Isabella Rosselini on NPR. Isabella, for some reason, mentions that starfish are one of those rare species that can reproduce asexually, and I realize that if I could do that, I wouldn't have to worry about finding a boyfriend/husband. I wouldn’t have to internet date! I wouldn't have to figure out if I want to/can/should have a baby/adopt a baby/child on my own. I wouldn't have to stress about things like FSH levels, or weigh my feelings on in vitro versus adoption. I would just have a baby. Thus began my starfish envy.
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