IVF - and infertility - wasn’t a single, powerful strike to the head. It was a debilitating and progressive body blow.
The ads are popping up everywhere - the celebration of the most important lady in most lives: the one who gave you life. The most important job in the world. It is a weekend to Mother's Day where I am, and everyone is being urged to celebrate the moment with flowers, chocolates, stuffed bears, and … Continue reading Not-Mother’s Day
Finally got around to watching the much-acclaimed Private Life on Netflix. And if you're struggling with infertility, and looking for movies, books, anything that will help demystify your experience and make you feel even slightly better, and chance upon it, my honest advice is not to watch it. This isn't the right movie for you … Continue reading Review: Private Life (Netflix)
I've been mulling over what it will mean if we are never successful in our quest to have children, and all ideas I ever had about what my future would look like are short-circuited: There would be no first steps or first words No messy diaper changes or stroller wheels broken by European cobblestones No … Continue reading When I grow up…
If you know someone going through IVF, it might feel tricky trying to tippy-toe around the issue. Here are some things I wish I could just come out and tell some of the people around me: 1. You don't have to bubble wrap conversations, but be mindful of the kinds of things you say: She … Continue reading Ten things your infertile friend may not have told you
Merry Christmas everyone! It certainly has been a while. I had to press the pause button on the baby plans for a bit. Got felled by the flu and it was a long drawn nightmare. Thankfully, I was close enough to 90% to put together a Christmas Eve countdown and a Christmas Day dinner, and … Continue reading Christmas …
It's not about trying to trust myself, it's about convincing myself that I should.
This quote popped up on a couple of my feeds and dragged me out of the hole I had been hiding in. It strikes close to the heart, especially as an unwilling resident of the Land of the Infertile. It is a noisy place, often filled with a cacophony of baseless assumptions, unsolicited advice and … Continue reading Choices
I got a note from my doctor this morning after I asked where he thought we should go from here: Dear XXXX, having reviewed your notes, I cannot, on medical grounds, advise you to stop. This is because you have consistently been able to produce eggs resulting in at least 1 transfer grade embryo. However, … Continue reading On doctors’ notes
Work has meant blogging has fallen by the wayside, but I had my CD9 scan today and my lining has clocked in at a healthy 8mm! Eight, incidentally, is a number I like, and also sounds like the Mandarin word for prosperity (发) and so is considered especially auspicious. I'm not Chinese, but I'll take … Continue reading Was it something I 8?