Jessica and I came in contact through the blog, and it didn’t take long to realize we had much more than PCOS in common! We both live in the same area, we both used the same fertility clinic, even the same doctor, and we both had daughters due within several weeks of each other. And I have to say, her daughter is one of the most beautiful babies I’ve ever seen!
Here is her story.
When Logan asked me to be a guest blogger, I was absolutely thrilled and honored to write for a blog that has been so important to me during our journey to parenthood. Until now, only those close to us have known about our journey.
My husband and I decided it was time to start trying to expand our family in October 2013. I made an appointment for my yearly exam in October and everything was good to go according to my gynecologist, Dr. Graham. I started taking home ovulation tests in October and November and didn’t have a positive test. On December 3, 2013 I had an appointment to talk with Dr. Graham about my concerns. My husband is amazing and has always tried to be at every appointment with me, but on this day I told him it wasn’t a big deal and I was fine to go alone. I sat down with Dr. Graham and we discussed my cycle and the fact that I hadn’t had a positive ovulation test. We decided that I should start taking Letrozole to help with ovulation and he suggested we do an ultrasound. We did the ultrasound that day, and I knew something wasn’t right as he started to do the ultrasound. After reading Dr. Graham’s body language and his lack of conversation I started to get nervous. He then told me that I had a mass of some sort and that it could be a fibroid, but he also wanted to run blood tests to rule out ovarian cancer. I’m really not sure what was said after that, as I was in total shock. I had no idea what a fibroid was and hadn’t had any symptoms of anything. I knew about ovarian cancer, but I didn’t let my mind go there. I walked out of the office overwhelmed and wondered how did I come in for ovulation issues and leave with this information. As I left the office, I called my husband crying and in total disbelief. We had a follow up appointment the next day for another ultrasound and it was confirmed that I had large fibroids and NOT ovarian cancer…Praise the Lord! We then sat down and discussed our options. Dr. Graham explained our options, which included:
- Do nothing and try to get pregnant, but it may not happen and if it does there can be many complications.
- Have an HSG test, which will test to see if I have any blockages to my tubes or if the fibroid was pushing on my tubes.
- Have an invasive surgery called “Open Myomectomy,” which is like a C-section minus the cute little baby.
Due to the size and location of the fibroids I was not a candidate for any of the less invasive procedures. At one point during our appointment Dr. Graham said, “You may not be able to get pregnant”. I’m not sure what else was said after that. Luckily, my husband was listening and was able to explain everything to me once I was in a better state of mind. We made the choice that I would have the surgery and remove the fibroids. With this choice, we knew that in the event we were blessed to conceive, my only delivery option would be a C-section, as my risks were too high for a vaginal birth.
December 31, 2013 was my surgery date and I was ready to start 2014 fibroid free. I was in the hospital for three days and was ready to heal and hopefully start on our journey to become parents. We knew we had to wait at least three months to try to conceive and we also understood that it still may not happen due to scar tissue. While I was healing, I was still concerned about not ovulating the two months prior to learning about the fibroids. I have always been very proactive with my health and thought it would be a good idea to consult with a fertility specialist to get answers about ovulation. After talking to a friend who had been down this road, I contacted Georgia Reproductive Specialists and went in for a consult with Dr. McCarthy-Keith. At this point, I was only 8 weeks post-surgery and still a month away from trying to conceive. Little did I know that my proactive nature would bring yet another bombshell!
During my consult with Dr. McCarthy-Keith, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I remember that day like it was yesterday, and I remember before we did the ultrasound praying “Please, God don’t let this be PCOS” and then my ultrasound confirmed I had PCOS. At first I just cried, then I was mad, and then all I could do was pray about it. I thought, “Why is this happening again?” I am diagnosed with something that I had no symptoms of (so I thought). If you are familiar with PCOS you are probably wondering how I didn’t know this. Well, my PCOS is mild and affects my cycle, ovulation, and I have the typical pearl like strands of follicles, and my hormones levels are within normal range.
During this consult, Dr. M-K felt two lumps in my breast and wanted them to be checked out before we started any medications. I scheduled a mammogram and thankfully they were both benign lumps, but due to the type of lumps, surgery was required to remove them. My lumpectomy was an outpatient procedure and I healed pretty quickly. Finally, after two surgeries, a PCOS diagnoses, and many doctor appointments we were on our way to start trying to expand our family.
April 29, 2014 (also my 36th birthday) was the day we started fertility treatment. That was the very first day I took Letrozole. We did two cycles of Letrozole, FSH Shots, and a trigger shot, along with timed intercourse and we found out we were expecting our miracle baby on July 21st, 2014.
My pregnancy was wonderful and I enjoyed every (well almost every) moment of it. Our daughter, Katherine MacRae “Kate,” was born in March and she is just as happy and healthy as she can be. The one-year anniversary of myomectomy was December 31st and that also happened to be the first day of my third trimester. What a special day to reflect on everything we had been through and the faithfulness of God. Our prayers were answered and we are so very thankful for Kate and for the strength the Lord gave us through it all.
On December 3, 2015 (2 years to the day after I was told I had fibroids) we found out we were blessed yet again with our second miracle coming in August. Ironically, on December 31st we got to see this little blessing and hear his/her heartbeat going strong. We couldn’t be more thankful to God for blessing us not once, but twice. We ask for prayers during this pregnancy so our experience will be just as wonderful as the first, and that we have a healthy baby.
Throughout our journey, we trusted in God. And on those days when the anxiety reared its ugly head, we prayed even harder. I never once thought this would be our story to parenthood, but God’s plan is always perfect. If you are still waiting to get your BFP, please just keep the Faith and trust in God’s timing.