Canadian Infertility Awareness Week: 2018

It is currently infertility awareness week in Canada so I thought I’d do a post in honour of it. Canada doesn’t put out a theme for the week but our neighbors to the south do. Their theme this year is flip the script. So what’s the script we’re flipping? I’m sure most people will think … Continue reading Canadian Infertility Awareness Week: 2018

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A Guide for Friends and Family

I’ve decided to branch out from my sequential chapter style blog posts to do something different. This is more of an FYI post to help give some tips and answer some infertility etiquette questions. I’ve also included a glossary of basic medical terms and adoption language to help you feel confident when talking about infertility … Continue reading A Guide for Friends and Family

Chapter Thirty Five: Winding Up

Today I underwent a saline sonohysterogram in preparation for more frozen embryo transfers this year. The international IVF program we signed up for requires this procedure to be done before undergoing embryo transfers. Basically, the doctor pushed a bunch of salt water up into my uterus, but instead of using my uterus like a weapon … Continue reading Chapter Thirty Five: Winding Up

Chapter Thirty Four: Menopause and Mistletoe

Christmas is a holiday focused on what makes life truly worth living - Love, Peace and Joy. For many people those words conjure up images of spending time with family. Commercials take advantage of that, tugging at your heartstrings with children in footie pajamas tiptoeing downstairs with wide eyes. Sometimes they show new mothers rocking … Continue reading Chapter Thirty Four: Menopause and Mistletoe

Chapter Thirty Three: Jump-start of Hope

We’ve picked a new egg donor and I’m really happy about who we’ve chosen. I don’t know her name or even what country she lives in but she has given me a rejuvenation of hope and I am grateful to her. She’s quite young with beautiful green eyes, a lovely smile and a bachelor’s degree. … Continue reading Chapter Thirty Three: Jump-start of Hope

Chapter Thirty Two: Body Break

Well, it’s pretty clear that lately I haven’t been “keeping fit and having fun” like those terrible lifestyle commercials from the 90's. The next few months are my chance to regain a bit of healthy balance and I’m actually really looking forward to starting up exercising again. I never thought I’d ever be saying that … Continue reading Chapter Thirty Two: Body Break

Chapter Thirty One: Falling Far From The Tree? 

I wonder if my child will take after me - like the old phrase about apples falling close to the tree. Does it only apply in reference to genetic children? The last embryo with genetic ties to me (made using eggs donated by my sister) has now been transferred from the lab to my body. … Continue reading Chapter Thirty One: Falling Far From The Tree?