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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, 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.

A blog by Megan Swanek, September 17, 2014, 2014

“The only organization more fascist than the FDA is the IRS.” So says one of the fertility doctors who I saw prior to my egg retrieval and embryo transfer last week. While it is great that the Food and Drug Administration looks out for the safety of what we put into our bodies, just how stringent they are with approval of new drugs comes at a cost. Literally. When there is only one drug on the market for a particular condition, the price can be whatever the company would like to charge, and we are forced to pay that amount.

A blog by Megan Swanek, August 31, 2014

Remember as a child just how excited you were on Christmas morning, hoping that one of those presents under the tree was the one you really wanted? And how disappointed you knew you would be if you didn’t get what you had been hoping and wishing for over the last few months? That feeling pales in comparison to just how nervous and excited I was the other day waiting on the results of my blood test and estradiol level.

A blog by Megan Swanek, August 20, 2014

I have officially started my second round of IVF and already, things are much different. When I went for my first round of IVF, I had no idea that there were so many different medication options. Or, that the protocol would be different not just from woman to woman, but also from clinic to clinic for the same woman. You can read more about different protocol options here.

A blog by Megan Swanek, August 12, 2014

The total out of pocket cost for my first IVF was a whopping $17,000, a portion of which we financed. The disappointment of my negative pregnancy test was amplified by the fact that we did not have any embryos left to freeze. I was crushed knowing that it would be at least six months before we could afford to do it again.

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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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