Sunday, January 20, 2013

happy, welcome and sharing

HAPPY AND WELCOME: Happy Monday! Happy Martin Luther King Day! And a warm welcome to ICLW visitors. When I signed on for ICLW in January, I expected to be writing a post telling you that I'm having a beautiful healthy embryo transferred today and I'm entering into my 2WW. Unfortunately, I can't share that good news because my cycle was cancelled which you can read more about here.

Instead our only news on the baby making front is that AF showed up on Friday, I'll be starting BCP this week and getting my AMH blood test completed. I've been thinking a lot about what it means if the test comes back and says that I have DOR. I'm really unsure about the implications of this diagnosis. If anyone has DOR and would like to share their thoughts, I'd love to hear them.

SHARING: I did get some good news this week. A publicist informed me that my blog was selected by her company to be included in their Top Infertility Blogs of 2012. For some reason, I can't access their website on my mac but it comes up fine on every other device - iPhone, ipad and PC. It is a great list of IF blogs and I'm honored to be included. 

MORE SHARING: Every once in while, I'm struck by something I read and feel compelled to share. A few days ago, a fellow blogger Julia at Finding a Way Out of IF, wrote this post called Dear Newly Diagnosed Self. The post was inspired by a piece written by a childless pregnant person about what she would tell her pregnant self in hindsight after the baby was born. Julia's post is a beautifully written and filled with advice that her 5 year IF veteran self would give her newly diagnosed self. It's a must read if you are in the early stages of infertility. If you've been at this for a while, there are some good reminders.

AND LOTS MORE SHARING: The lovely Emily at Its History In The Making nominated me for a Liebster award. Thanks girl!  While appreciate the love, I've already accepted this honor last March in this post. But I'd love to answer Em's questions so that y'all can get to know me better and I'd love to have you answer some of these through comments so that I can get to know you.

1. What is your favorite quote?
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, 
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

2. Where would you love to live and why?
Besides owning my own tropical island somewhere so I can bask in the sun on the regular,

3. What is your must have accessory right now?
My Michael Kors rose gold watch.

4. What is your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby. I can't wait for the movie to come out in May.

5. What are you addicted to right now?
Pomegranates. It that time of year. Healthy and delicious snack.

6. Favorite moment of 2012
Ice Skating with my hubby in Central Park.

7. Favorite recipe
I love food so much. This is really hard. Right now, I'm hooked on this Chicken Taco Chili.

8. What would be your perfect day?
Lounging on the beach with a good book, an icy cocktail and my man.

9. What talent do you wish to learn?
I'd like to be able to sing without glass shattering.

10. What is one of your New Year's resolutions?
I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. You must resolve to be the best that you can be everyday of the year. Not just on December 31st.

11. What are two of the most important things in your life?

Hope y'all have a great week!


Amber said...

Jessa, I always absolutely love your posts. Congrats on the Golden Heart Award. That is so awesome, and very well deserved. Have a great ICLW week :)

Team Harries said...

Congrats on all your nominations! Very well deserved :)

Gypsy Mama said...

Congrats on the award for top infertility blogs of 2012!!

Aspgriswold said...

Awesome news about the award! That is great!!!! Sending so many thoughts already for this next cycle!!

Mark and Amy said...

Just stopping by to say happy ICLW!

Rebecca said...

Hi from ICLW. First time visiting your blog and you are making me miss NY.

Andy said...

Congratulations on the awards! Your blog is amazing and you totally deserve them!

J and A said...

Your blog was the first IF blog I started following and you have been such a source of strength and info for me. So thank you. I can't see that list right now either but I am SO glad you are on it. Thank you!!

Aramis said...

As someone with DOR, first off let me assure you it's not necessarily a TTC death sentence. The internet sometimes makes it sound that way! I won't overwhelm you with science and numbers and supplements right now until you are sure, but if this is what you're dealing with there's lots of us out here so you'd be in good company. Drop me a line once you know for sure.

jAllen said...

Happy ICLW and Congrats on your award!

nogoodeggs said...

Congrats on your award! I had my AMH test done and it was 'undetectable' so I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure (basically the final stage of DOR). I really hope that this is not teh news you get, but if it is please check out my blog and feel free to email me. There are lots of things to consider with this diagnosis. Hpeing you get good news!

Julia Spencer said...

Thanks for your kind words about my post. And congrats on being listed as a top infertility blog! I'll be stopping in regularly.

Teresa Findley said...

Love your blog! Happy ICLW from #57, author of "Where the bleep is our stork?"

Oh, and I have always wanted a Rose Gold MK watch!!! ;-)

idioticinfertility said...

I have DOR - I'm not a doctor and I'm not going to guess as to whether that's your diagnosis or not, but if you discover that it is, feel free to drop me a line.

The main thing about having DOR in my experience so far has been that nothing is predictable. Ask your doctor about DHEA and CoQ10, if you haven't already. And make sure your doctor is staying up on how to treat DOR cases; we are some of the hardest to treat, but successes do happen, as long as you have an RE who is staying up on recent developments.

Hapa Hopes said...

Stopping in from ICLW. Congrats on all the awards! And so very sorry to hear about your cancelled cycle. What a huge disappointment on so many levels.

Stephanie Berman said...

Congrats on your various awards! What fun! :)

JoJo said...

Congratulations! I absolutely love reading your blog and I can see why you got selected for the TOP IF Blog in 2012. Keep it up!

Wishing on a Snowflake said...

Hi, stopping by from ICLW. I have been diagnosed with severe DOR. My AMH was undetectable at <0.16. It is really just one piece of a puzzle though and doesn't mean you can't have a baby with your own eggs. It can mean it could be harder, but certainly not impossible! I've seen women with pretty severe DOR go on to have successful pregnancies. Having this information as early in the process as possible helps your doctor come up with a game plan for you and may increase your meds or put you on a different IVF protocol that would be better suited to your specific body and ovaries. Information is a very good thing!

That being said, it's a very hard pill to swallow. We have both DOR and MFI so we decided to adopt embryos and at this point, I couldn't imagine moving forward in any other way. It's definitely what is right for us. Our FET is scheduled for Feb 11.

I will cross my fingers for you and for your test results, but if you do find that you get results that lead your doctor to believe you have DOR, feel free to contact me and I'm happy to talk to you about it.

PS: Your blog is beautiful!

Jamie said...

I'm really sorry to hear about your cancelled cycle :-(

Happy ICLW anyway!

Dream Chase said...

Congrats on your nomination! Truly deserved! Now, I have DOR. My last AMH count was .36 in October. My AFC is typically around 6 with my last one being at 9 and it got me excited, although in all honestly, it's pretty low. However, IVF can succeed in DOR. The key is to grow them slowly and choose the quality over quantity approach. Yes, your AFC will be lower and you will start with fewer, but often all of them can be preserved and grow. I've seen a few women get BFPs who have DOR and I am really hoping that if you get DOR you will be another one of those success stories. You just have to not let yourself get caught up in the "how many". Just like with MFI we say "only one sperm", same with DOR. It's okay if you have a lower AFC, it's the quantity that counts. Typically if your E2 and FSH are normal than it's just a numbers issue. A high E2 or FSH can indicate quality issues and then there can be some problems. But, you can take supp's to help those numbers improve. When I first started acu my E2 was 101 and now it's in the mid 20s and has consistently been there. My FSH went from great to amazing. (8 to 6). There's lots of data to support using acupuncture along side IVF, so you might consider that as well. Good luck! And I'm following and rooting for you all the way!

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