Posted on May 14, 2014
It's been quite a while since I've given an update and the reason is that I've been spending endless hours doing research and talking to professionals, advocates, and other people struggling with infertility.
Great things have come of this! One thing I found out is that endometriosis (which is a very serious condition that not only causes a great deal of pain and illness) is not only treatable but can INCREASE fertility! Excision surgery is a very difficult surgery, thus many doctors do not take the time to learn and practice it. However, for the doctors who do, well they change lives. After much research I have found that one of the most reputable doctors is only 60 miles away, in Milwaukee, WI!
Yesterday, I had a phone consultation appointment with a nurse from the office. In the hour that we spoke, she gave me more hope than I've had since first diagnosed. My appointment with the surgeon is next Wednesday, and while I'm very nervous, I'm also very excited to take the next step in this journey. I don't want to say too much yet, until I meet with the doctor and hear exactly what she has to say about our situation, but one thing I do know - getting the endometriosis will not only give me better quality of life, but it will increase my chances of getting pregnant. It's still VERY LIKELY that we will need IVF, however, going through IVF does not guarantee pregnancy. Having the endometriosis makes the chances of the IVF working much, much greater.
So, we are continuing to push forward, researching, applying for grants, saving our own money and seeking help from anyone who is willing and able to donate. Remember, EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!
I am also looking for donations of any items that could be sold in a garage sale fundraiser that I am planning for the fall. If you have anything you'd like to donate, please email me directly at [email protected]
Thank you for the continued love and support. This is the hardest journey I hope I ever have to go through but I am so thankful that I have an amazing husband and partner holding my hand as we go through it together. Once baby Littner is here, he/she will ALWAYS KNOW how WANTED he/she is!