I am 35 years old, living with stage IV Endometriosis, possibly adenomyosis and struggled with infertility for almost 4 years. I also struggled with PPD and now struggle with PMDD. I am a mother to a son that was born at 18 weeks and too precious for this earth; and now a mother to a son born in August 2011. By journaling here, I hope to benefit both for myself and for others that are dealing with this disease and fertility struggles. Thanks for visiting!





Friday, August 21, 2009

Welcome ICLW!

Hello everyone! Here's a "quick" recap of where I've been and how far I've come:

We've been TTC since April 2007.

I was diagnosed with stage IV endometriosis in Feb 2008 after months of unexplained pain and illness. After my first laparoscopy, I started Lupron therapy and continued for 4 months. I started experiencing some unpleasant side effects (neurological) and decided to call it quits.

It didn't seem to help anyway, because by Dec of 2008 I was right back where I started and had another endometrioma. We tried a few cycles of femara, but, had to have another Lap in March of 2009. My tubes were found to be very inflammed, among all my other problems, so, we were advised to go ahead and try IVF.

I had a hysteroscopy in April 2009 to remove some polyps and in Apr/May we had our first round of IVF...which ended in a chemical pregnancy.

We decided to try again in July and on August 12th had another BFP followed by a blessed rising Beta 2 days later. I'm now 5 weeks pregnant waiting on an ultrasound with my RE on Sept. 4th. Just saying some prayers that this is the miracle we've been waiting for!

27 comments:

Eileen said...

Praying that this will be your sticky baby. Can't wait to hear the good ultrasound news. Glad to be pregnant with you ;-).


*ICLW*

AshPash said...

Reading about your pregnancy is so encouraging! I, too, have endo and have had endometriomas removed. My husband and I are so excited to be starting our donor egg IVF cycle soon! Our active cycle should be late October. Sending good wishes to you!

The Unproductive One said...

Congratulations and I hope that you have a sticky baby tucked up inside you.

ICLW

T Lee said...

Oh, Congratulations!!! Crossing my fingers that it's a stick bean!

Erika said...

So excited for your pregnancy, praying that everything goes smoothly for you throughout!

ICLW

WiseGuy said...

Oooh...totally hoping and wishing and desiring that this be the dream you have been waiting for!

Good Luck to you!

ICLW

daega99 said...

I'm praying for you!!!

ICLW#67

Egg Factory said...

Congrats! Keep writing it will definitely help others with endo keep the faith that it can happen for them too!

In Due Time said...

Congratulations! Sending prayers your way.

Mrs Bee said...

Sticky Sticky Sticky Vibes for you!

My fingers, toes, ect are all crossed for you.

Happy ICLW!

Sass.

Tiffanie said...

congrats on your pregnancy! hopefully your u/s will have some awesome news for you!

-fellow endomeriosis girl 14 weeks pg after IVF#2

ICLW

Beautiful Mess said...

HAPPY ICLW!

Many prayers and lots of good JUJU for you! Congratulations! You and hubby must be over the moon with excitement!
*HUGS*

Astrid said...

Oh my gosh, what an exciting ICLW update! I'm so excited and hopeful for you. You're in my thoughts.

ifcrossroads said...

Happy ICLW!

From another fellow Endo sister I wanted to congratulate you on your BFP!

Reading about your journey gives me hope that I too will one day get pregnant.

Lisa RM said...

So exciting and encouraging!

Jamie said...

This gives me so much hope! I am also 29 and was just diagnosed with Stage IV endo in April. I have been starting to think that I should give up, but miracles do happen! Thank you for sharing.

My Endo Journey said...

Don't give up Jamie!

Baby Hungry said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am so happy for you and your new pregnancy. Best of luck!

ICLW

Pie said...

Congrats on the BFP! Good luck at your upcoming appointment!

MoonNStarMommy said...

Happy ICLW :) Congrats on your wonderful news and we all hope and pray that it's a sticky bean for you!! Anyone who has struggled can only hope for success!!

Here is hoping for the flickering of a tiny heartbeat :)

Jen said...

Congratulations! Best wished for a happy and healthy none months! Sending lots of sticky vibes your way!

ICLW

zengirl said...

What exciting news! Congratulations! I am also suffering from endo but am pursuing a very unconventional path down Eastern Medicine to help me conceive - sticking strictly to herbs and acupuncture, before trying IVF at the last resort. Your story has been most inspiring! All the best to you!

EWebey said...

keeping everything crossed!!!!
ICLW

MyBigBustedUterus! said...

Congrats on your pregnancy!

Kristin said...

Hoping and praying this pregnancy stick and the baby is in there for the long haul.

Happy ICLW

Dot said...

Congratulations ! It is nice to see that there is hope out there for us endo gals.

((HUGS)))

ICLW

Jeanne said...

Allison,

Thinking of you!!

Jeanne