If you are new to my blog, I thought this post might help you with where to start and what to read. With over 50 posts I understand that looking at the ‘menu’ could be a bit daunting, so I hope I can break it down for you.
If you know nothing of our story, I would suggest that you start here at Introduction (why a blog??!). This should give you the background to how we found ourselves in the world of infertility and the things that happened on our way to it.
From there I wrote about our first two treatment cycles. Cycle 1 starts here at Treatment cycle 1 and cycle two starts at Cycle 2 – this is the one! In both cases you can simply click ‘next post’ at the bottom once you’ve finished reading, to get to the next post in that treatment cycle. They are both three posts long.
We then spent some time deciding what to do next and the posts around this are found under the heading of ‘next steps’, the first being this post.
After that I did something that I wasn’t sure was a good idea at the time!! I wrote through our third treatment cycle – live. I wrote everything as it was happening, so if you want to get a real sense of what happens during a cycle of IVF I would definitely recommend reading this group of posts. There are nine posts in total covering our third treatment cycle, they begin here at Treatment Cycle 3 – day 1 and end at Treatment Cycle 3 – the result (which incidentally is my most viewed post in the whole of my blog, it has been read over 600 times).
There are then 19 posts which cover what I’ve been doing since the end of the third treatment cycle. However, out of these 19 posts, probably the most important to the story are these – Time for some R&R, What the doctor said, What I didn’t know, Against all the odds, and why I’m ready for round four.
The next section is ‘Pre-Treatment Cycle 4’. I had originally called this simply ‘Treatment Cycle 4’ but the cycle did not go ahead as expected and so I had to change the section header. In this section I talk about my struggle to regain balance as I returned to work and the hard work I did around National Fertility Awareness Week. The following posts are my suggestion for this section – The Limbo Life of Infertility, A week of Raising Awareness, The end of National Fertility Awareness Week UK, More Clinic Issues, The First Add-On of Cycle Four and The Non-Starter of Cycle Four.
The final section is ‘Actual Treatment Cycle 4’. This begins with – All Change, Day 1 of Treatment Cycle 4…! and continues through the treatment cycle from there.
Please feel free to dip in and out and leave comments, I love chatting about this and raising awareness is one of my passions.
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Also, in conjunction with Fertility Network UK, for whom I am a volunteer, I run a closed Facebook support group for those dealing with primary infertility in Leicestershire. It is completely confidential and to join, you can search Leicestershire Fertility Group in Facebook or follow this link.
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