My IVF journey sadly started as an Endo journey: suffering severely as a teen, I was officially diagnosed with Endometriosis at 19. I was told IVF would be my only option to have a family. At 33, after my husband and I decided to embark on our IVF journey, believing it would be as simple as getting the egg and the sperm, fertilising and putting back into the womb. I was in for a rude shock. As much as science has advanced, there are many contributing factors, and sadly my Endo played a huge role in stopping me from getting pregnant.
Fast forward five years, 6 stimulated cycles, 8 transfers, two clinics, an ectopic pregnancy, a double Fallopian tube removal, a second miscarriage, thousands of needles and blood tests, scans and many, many tears: we had pushed for a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy surgery and, finally, had our double rainbow baby at 11:11 am on 11th of the 11th (November) 2019.
Our little miracle angel girl was here – Alinta Jean – aboriginal for fire and flame, and Jean after my late grandmother.
My story is of hope, and I began sharing it in 2017 for others to feel less alone and also never to give up. I’m currently writing my first book about my journey and the struggles, challenges, etc., and I hope it will be released end of this year.