Overcoming a Dual Diagnosis for a Baby Girl

Why do you want to share your story?

My husband and I wanted to share our story because infertility is a diagnosis that left us feeling heartbroken, scared, alone, and insecure. Focusing on the positive is one of the hardest things to do when going through this journey. You somehow find hope, encouragement, and strength to go on in knowing someone going through the same thing as you came out with very result you have been longing for – even if optimism only lasts a minute, it only takes a minute to obtain the necessary courage to know you are strong enough to keep going.

What was your infertility diagnosis?

My husband and I had a dual diagnosis. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) while my husband was diagnosed with low sperm count and motility as well as abnormal morphology making our odds of conceiving naturally as low as 2%.

What fertility treatment did you undergo?

Because of our dual diagnosis, we did not qualify for any other treatment other than IVF.

What helped you get through treatment?

First and foremost we (and when I say we, I mean I) stayed off Google and filled our time with our normal activities like going out to eat and spending time with family. We occupied our time and set up little fun things for us to do that worked as little benchmarks and gave us something to look forward to while taking our minds off (as much as possible) the procedure and potential outcome. You will obsess, how can you not, but we filled our time so that it did not control us or break our spirits which can happen especially during the 2 week wait. Fill that time with things you enjoy to do and things to look forward to help make the nights turn into days a little bit faster and to make the process more enjoyable.

Can you tell us about your little miracle?

She is exactly that, our real life miracle. We had thought about quitting in our long journey, but one of my good old Pinterest quotes reminded me that right when you are ready to quit, miracles happen. This is exactly what happened to us. We now have a beautiful, healthy, 18 month old. She is a tough, independent, outgoing, happy, beautiful baby girl who is truly the best part of us. She is what makes this whole process worth every up and down, and what makes the struggle a scar we are proud to wear.