A rundown of my egg retrieval process

Our doctor started me off with a relatively high dosage of Gonal-F/Follistim at 375iu daily to stimulate my ovaries, alongside 40 units of low dose HCG daily. These are both given as subcutaneous injections (under the skin) in the lower abdomen near the belly button. I’m not sure what the normal protocol is but myContinue reading “A rundown of my egg retrieval process”

The inevitable health insurance battle

I’ve battled health insurance many times over the last five years so I knew insurance for fertility would be no different. It’s always a struggle, even with good coverage, and I was prepared for the fight. My insurance through my job didn’t have any fertility coverage at all but Ilan’s did, so our first stepContinue reading “The inevitable health insurance battle”

Fertility after cancer: realistic yet hopeful

When my husband, Ilan, and I began talking about starting our family in the fall of 2020, we knew we might run into challenges. With my history of breast cancer and choosing not to freeze my eggs before treatment, we knew that my fertility may have been negatively affected by the chemotherapy. We decided toContinue reading “Fertility after cancer: realistic yet hopeful”

The cliché is true: it gets better

I’ve written about some heavy feelings in previous posts and I wanted to follow up with how things are going now, in real-time, because we’re all caught up and my story doesn’t end there.  I struggle with depression but talk therapy and medication have both helped tremendously. I’ve found that having an objective person toContinue reading “The cliché is true: it gets better”

I can’t believe it’s been 5 years!

July, 14, 2021. I’m not usually a big celebratory person but reaching 5 years since diagnosis really is a huge milestone! Triple-negative breast cancer grows and spreads faster, has limited treatment options and a worse prognosis than other types of breast cancer. Making it to the 5-year survival point is amazing and certainly wasn’t aContinue reading “I can’t believe it’s been 5 years!”