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I can totally relate to this post...9 IUIs and 1 IVF before discovering my donor sperm had an unusually short lifespan and there had never been any chance of pregnancy. Good luck for this 2ww Sarah, I hope this is your time :)
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2011 on And Another Two Week Wait Begins... at Starfish Envy
I love this: "So I laughed, dammit!", it so sums up the entire artificial reproductive journey for me. I might just use it for a blog post ;) Good luck & sticky vibes!! I hope the 2ww flies by and ends with two little lines. Fingers crossed!
Toggle Commented May 26, 2011 on And Now The Wait Begins... at Starfish Envy
Wow! That FSH is amazing. I'm totally envious as mine was 8 this month! I start my down regulation (buserelin) injections for IVF#1 on Friday. Can't wait to get started but irrationally anxious at same time. Good luck with this cycle Sarah!! Good luck to both of us :)
Toggle Commented May 11, 2011 on By The Numbers at Starfish Envy
Oh I definitely concur with this decision! These days are the ones that you will remember.
Toggle Commented May 3, 2011 on A Better Way at Starfish Envy
This is an area I have had experience with and I agree with Jerie, don't respond. Ignore him. He's a potential stalker. Don't engage in dialogue as it will only encourage him. Good luck, hopefully he will lose interest if he gets nothing back.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2011 on Time For A Change at Starfish Envy
LOL. You can never trust a January grape...Good luck with the others!
Yep, AMA can bite me as well. With regards to technical infertility, I wrote a post a while back about "Social Infertility" ( that may interest you (excuse the formatting if you visit it). After 9 failed IUIs (with one confirmed pregnancy, & two other possibles) I probably am infertile, but because I blame the clinic's stuff-ups with timing etc I'm not entirely certain. I totally accept however, that I am socially infertile and just as entitled to the same level of consideration & support as any other type of infertile. I've found the infertility community on-line has been incredibly accepting and supportive. I'm using my blog for stress management. I wish I had discovered its therapeutic benefits earlier :)
What an improvement! You so make me want to start my renovations...I just have to wait for the earthquakes to stop first!
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2011 on First Impressions at Starfish Envy
Rest in peace Chloe.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2011 on Sad For Awhile at Starfish Envy
Oh I really feel for your Sarah. Poor Chloe. It does sound bad and although I would usually say "go for it" with surgery on beloved animals, this doesn't sound like the right answer for Chloe. Is she ok when she is non-exertional? With laryngeal paralysis there is a high risk of aspiration pneumonia even without the surgery, it's pretty much lose-lose. I hope you have some good support with your decisions, pet euthanasia is one of the toughest things to go through. Thinking of Chloe xx
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2011 on Dear January: You Suck at Starfish Envy
It's already looking pretty awesome to me :) Love those floors!
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2011 on Movin' On In... Again at Starfish Envy
Oh good luck Sarah! I'm sure your friends won't take advantage ;-)
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2011 on Naming Names at Starfish Envy
Gorgeous floors, gorgeous tiles :) Congrats on being close to the finish line!
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2011 on I Can See The Finish Line at Starfish Envy
Hi Sarah, I have awarded you a Cherry on Top. If you haven't had one already (and I'm sure you must have!) then check out my post: Good luck with the rest of your landscaping!
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2010 on Then And Now And Soon at Starfish Envy
Ahhh, I love this poem. Thanks for posting it Sarah, it comes as a timely reminder :)
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2010 on Still Striving... at Starfish Envy
Wow. That does sound an interesting read (and I do like science). Thanks for the tip!
Ah yes, I hear you! Last xmas I was also anticipating pregnancy (so no drinking at xmas parties and no tasting of listeria platters at all the summer BBQs). If this IUI (#9) doesn't hit a home run I can't start IVF until May 2011 (heading to outback Australia for April and don't want to risk being the only doctor within a 2hr plane ride!). I hope you have a lovely xmas despite the tremendous sadness you will be experiencing. If this IUI goes to custard I am boycotting xmas entirely! Arohanui x
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2010 on A Not So Merry Christmas List at Starfish Envy
I'm glad you are feeling better about things, it's good to have a plan and not have to make any more decisions for a while. Good luck with everything. I hope there are no polyps so that you can skip that step and just chill out until you return from Spain. Good luck too with Mr TNG! Arohanui x
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2010 on Moving On, Dammit at Starfish Envy
Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that your last IUI was another friggin disappointment!! I have my final one booked for tomorrow and I am struggling to believe it will succeed, even though I get brief flashes of optimism, it feels a little pointless as well. If no luck, I will have to wait until May before I can start IVF. Who knew this choice mom business would be such a tortuous (and torturous!) journey? Good luck to you Sarah, for your next step.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2010 on We Have A Winner! at Starfish Envy
Hi Sarah, Believe it or not...I am thankful for you! I came across a link to your blog a few weeks ago (on Gretchen Rubin's site) and clicked on over to have a read. I was immediately struck by your story, which is not all that different from mine. I have never really read blogs before (time paucity) and you have opened up an entire world for me. A world containing women who understand me and the hopes, dreams, disappointments and fears that we carry with us through this damn difficult journey to motherhood. Before reading your blog, I "knew" no single women who were TTC. I had never heard of the term "Choice Moms". They are as rare as hens teeth in this part of the world! I have loved reading your blog, you speak my thoughts without even knowing me. It has helped me more than I would have ever anticipated. I have now started a blog of my own and it has already been cathartic. I feel as though I have left some of the dark load behind, somewhere out there in cyberspace, and I am now stronger and more myself again. So thank you Sarah! Thanks for the Kitchenaid post, which spoke to my own stupid hang-ups that none of my friends really get about me because they all got their kitchen appliances as wedding gifts. Thanks for the link (climate change is close to my heart). Thanks for being my link into this world of supportive and knowledgable women. Thanks for writing on the VD (which we get in NZ too). Thanks. Enjoy your Thanks Giving!! Arohanui xx
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