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Fertility Authority’s Blog of the Week: Remagine It
The blog we’d like to feature this week is Remagine It.
Richard and his wife always imagined they would have a big family. They began trying to conceive one year after they were married. After five months of trying to conceive without success, Richard decided it was time for a physical exam. His doctor discovered a lump in Richard’s testicle, later confirmed to be cancerous and required surgery. Before going under the knife, Richard decided to have his sperm frozen in case chemotherapy would impact his fertility. The semen analysis revealed Richard had no sperm.
The couple decided they would move forward with a sperm donor and surgery to see if any sperm could be retrieved from Richard’s testicular tissue. The surgery yielded no sperm, but with donor sperm they were able to do IVF. Two embryos resulted, and the couple decided to transfer one embryo and freeze the other. That one transferred embryo gave Richard and his wife the miracle they’d hoped for: identical twins. Although considered "high risk", the pregnancy was smooth sailing until the third trimester. At 34 weeks, which is considered full term for twins, their sons were stillborn.
Richard and his wife decided they would try again. After transferring their one frozen embryo and successfully getting pregnant, they discovered their child has Down Syndrome. Their daughter was born on March 1, 2014 and although the past four years have been difficult, Richard and his wife are incredibly grateful to have their daughter.
Richard says: “I started [Remagine It] because it was my way of coping. My wife and I had seen psychologists and groups for loss and infertility. Although they helped a bit, I needed something different. I'm a web developer, so starting a blog seemed like the way to go to share my thoughts and story.” Richard hopes his readers feel empowered to overcome seemingly “crazy” life obstacles.
Please visit Remagine It at: http://remagineit.com/
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