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Because the important moments in life just don't fit in a status update! I'm a 37 year old recovering marathon runner, school counselor and recently converted dog-lover from California. Last year held both the highest and lowest points of my life. I was swept away on a surprise trip to Rome and proposed to in front of the Trevi Fountain, only to be hit a few months later with the sudden news that my Mom had stage IV cancer and needed emergency surgery. Still reeling from this, we planned my dream wedding, and embarked on the journey to fertility and in my case, infertility. I'm dreaming of making my Mom a first-time grandmother and sharing the ups and downs of her cancer treatment over at my blog

Connecting with others on a similar path has brought me strength and joy amidst the emotional roller-coaster that comes with fertility treatment. In the last year, I've tried several months of Clomid, two IUIs and had my first failed IVF cycle. Join me on my journey as I embark on my second IVF cycle while balancing my new marriage, caring for my Mom and my career. I've swiftly learned that while we cannot control what is thrown our way, we can control how we react to any situation under the sun. I strive to see the good in every negative situation and do the best I can with where I'm at and what I have. Who knows where this journey will lead me, but thanks for being along for the ride!.

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A blog by Megan Swanek, February 14, 2017
In my career as a school counselor, one of the main things I don't do is give advice. People generally don't follow advice that another person gives, plus we should never put ourselves in a position of presuming to know what is best for another person. But I have some advice to share if you or someone you know suffers a miscarriage. Just a few things that have helped me since that awful day almost a month ago, when I learned at a routine appointment that she had no heartbeat.

A blog by Megan Swanek, July 31, 2016

When we flew into Zurich, we had about an hour to make our connecting flight to Prague. We made it to the gate with plenty of time, baby, luggage and stroller in tow and boarded last to minimize her time on the plane. We were belted in and ready to go when it was announced that the plane had been leaking oil and could not be flown until inspected and we would have to deboard. But not just yet, we would have to wait on the plane for 30 minutes until they were "ready" for us. Oh, and there were no other flights for the night. If my life were a movie, this would have been an overt case of foreshadowing.

A blog by Megan Swanek, May 6, 2016

Right after our little girl was born, my husband booked our flights to Vienna, Prague and Budapest. He is amazing at the mileage game, and scored our business class tickets, valued around $7,000 each, for just $150. It was a huge leap of faith for first-time parents with a newborn to take, and we wondered if we bit off more than we could chew. We didn't yet know what a trip to the grocery store with a little one would entail, let alone spending three weeks trekking around three different cities.

A blog by Megan Swanek, December 12, 2014

As I write this update, I am 15 weeks pregnant with a baby girl. We heard her heartbeat for the very first time the day before my Mom died. It is simultaneously the best and worst time of my life, but having this baby is helping balance the void left by losing my very best friend. I take comfort in the fact that this new life growing inside me is 25% my Mom, and I am thankful every day that she was able to hear the news that we were pregnant.

A blog by Megan Swanek, October 2, 2014

All of us who are trying to conceive have entered the two week. Whether you are trying naturally, doing IUIs or IVF, the waiting period can be agonizing. Relaxing and staying positive is much easier said than done when time is at a stand-still and the hope of a positive beta test is the only thing on your mind.

I recently went through my second two week wait (2ww) and want to share some things with you that helped me.

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My partner has had a vasectomy and I have unexplained infertility at 37 years of age. I had 9 eggs collected, 7 fertilised and none were viable to freeze. I had one implanted which failed and was agonising. It's good to know there are others out there going through the same and some hope lingers for me so I'll be trying again. Thanks for your inspirational posts.

My husband & I have out first appointment to hopefully start the process of creating our miracle, any words of wisdom? I want to try to be as positive as possible ? I'm 24 years young and he's 36. Anything I should know before beginning my journey? Anything would help, my email is veeguerra@aol.com

Couples considering ART should be cautious of programs that report success rates significantly lower, or even higher, than the national average. Couples should also understand that the difference in clinic specific success rates might be related more to patient selection and aggressiveness of therapy than to program quality. A direct comparison of different clinics by success rates alone may lead to erroneous conclusions. It is imperative that each couple has a frank discussion with their physician so that their individual chances of success can be placed in the framework of an individual clinic’s success. http://inciid.org/reading-between-lines-CDC-and-IVF-Stats-report

Be sure and check the success rates for the clinic you choose! We did no tdo this for the 1st clinic that I chose, and I learned my doctor's success rate was extremely low: 17%! I'm with a new doctor now who has a success rate of 50%! http://www.sart.org/find_frm.html

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