April 12, 2011

Interesting Week(s)

So, in order to proceed with IVF I had to have an up to date yearly exam. So, I made the appt and trudged off to the doctor. (I had been consciously putting this off--I think because I'd already had enough poking and prodding there). While there my doctor found lumps on both of my breasts. So, I've spent this last few weeks worried about the outcome. I'm happy to report that the lumps are nothing--just my normal tissue. I wasn't really worried at all, at first. I have no family history, I'm young, and I don't have any other risk factors. Could it happen, sure...but for some reason I was calm. That was, until the few family and friends I told did their best to assure me that it would be nothing. They all used the phrase "the odds, statistics, etc". It was after their reassurances that I started to be concerned. I've had really, really crappy odds this last few years. I found out I'm a genetic mutant in two ways (bt and a rare heart issue). I also am on the wrong side of miscarriage statistics. Finally, however, I seem to be on the right side. I'm hoping this is a turning point.

While the above was going on, I also had my phone appt with the genetics lab. Everything is looking great. We will be using cgh and will be looking at all the chromosomes (not just for my bt). I don't have to have a probe built so they are ready to go. It's amazing how much technology has improved in just a few short years. I also found out that they've found for bt carriers that about 20% of embryos are normal. So, now I just have to hope that my RE is able to get a lot of embryos out of me. I'm still working out all the financial details but I'm just crossing my fingers that everything is going to fall smoothly into place.

In the meantime, I'm busy planning our trip and trying to keep my mind off of words like ovulation, dpo, etc. If it happens, it happens. If not, we've got ivf to look forward to.


  1. Wow...certainly alot going on indeed thirtiesgirl!! Take care...

  2. how ironic that the people trying to make you feel better did the opposite. How scary.
    I have never had breast examination in any check-ups, is that just a country thing?

    Yep, you kinda hope for max eggs with min OHSS with BT, huh?

    Anyway, holiday . . . yay!

  3. I"m so glad the breast lumps turned out to be nothing.

    And fabulous news from the genetics lab - 20% normal embryos! That's a lot better than you had been expecting to hear them quote, isn't it? I bet with IVF you'll be an egg making machine!

  4. So glad you got some good news -- about the lumps and about the genetic testing. That's great they don't need to do the probes. Less you'll need to do to prep for your IVF!

  5. I'm so glad that everything came back okay!

  6. I'm so happy to hear that everything came back ok and that you're on the road to IVF! Sending good thoughts and lots of love and hugs headed your way, sweets!

    So excited for you!!! :)

    ♥ T

  7. Oh my gosh!!! I am so sorry you had to go through that. I am so happy that the lumps were nothing serious. What a relief!
    Enjoy your time, your trip, and your hubby.
    It is great that you will have a shot at IVF, praying for good embryos and a sweet baby to come out of this process!!! My heart is with you!

  8. So glad that the lumps turned out to be nothing. Incredible, isn't it? If it's not one thing it's another. And I understand what you mean about statistics...I don't think I'll ever be able to take comfort in them again.

    Great news about the CGH. I think it's a great plan and many of the sticking points of PGS are resolved in CGH. I'm not sure why it's not used more widely but I guess it really is at the cutting edge. (Would be very nice if you don't even need it, though).

  9. Here from ICLW! What a scare with the breast lumps...I know b/c I had one several years ago that was a benign tumor and had to be removed. It was so painful. Good luck to you with your cycle with CGH. I wish we could do that, but my clinic only does PGD.

  10. So happy to read that is was nothing to worry about. But I do the same thing. IF the odds aren't in my favor, I always assume I will get the crap end of the deal!

    ICLW #24

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