Monday, July 16, 2007

Our Journey

I struggled with whether or not to share our story but so many people are wonderful and are always asking me what/how they can pray for us, so I thought that a blog might be the easiest way to share the updates with everyone. I fear that my friends who are pregnant or have children will feel guilt and will refrain from talking about their own little miralces. That is the LAST thing I want to happen.

(This is the short version.) Chad and I felt it was time to start a family in September. We were nervous and excited, but the excited quickly faded when we found out that we had a long road ahead of us. My doctor discovered that I did not ovulate and I had very irregular cycles. Dr. Keith put me on clomid. (mild fertility drug to induce ovulation) I was so hopeful at first, but month after month the pregnancy tests were negative. We were heartbroken. We felt it was time to move on to a specialist so we went to Dr. Honea at the ART clinic in Birmingham. After MANY, MANY tests, lots of pokes and pricks, they discovered tha I have PCOS, Polycyctic Overy Syndrome. The doctor wanted to do a clomid challenge so she could monitor my cycle closely. After many ultrasounds, they discovered that I have LOTS of follicles (egg sacs) but no eggs are ever able to develop.

So now we are in the injectable faze. I began with the lowest dose of follistim, 25 IU's but my body did not respond, we bumped up to 50, then 75, and I am probably moving to 100 in the next few days. Of course, there are risks using these injectables, multiple births or hyperstimulation of my ovaries.

It is an exhausting experience but I am still filled with hope that Chad and I will become parents. I always prayed that I would be a woman of faith during a time of struggle and God is answering my prayers daily. I know that it is not my own strength that is getting me through this.

I did have an encouraging doctor's apointment today. I have one follicle that has grown a tiny bit! I have to celebrate the small victories! :) Please pray for us. Chad has been a blessing through the entire process.

I will keep you updated as things progress. Thank you for your prayers.


Pam A. said...

Love ya girl!

Candice said...

I'm praying for you!!!!

"Praise You In This Storm"
-Casting Crowns-

I was sure by now
That You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

elizauburn said...

I'm so glad you started the blog so I'll be able to follow your journey.....and so I'll know how to pray for you. Congrats on the good news from the doctor this week, hopefully it's the beginning of a lot more good news:)
Love, Elizabeth

Lindsay said...

You will be in my prayers!

kristi_niedergeses said...

Isaiah 43:1-3 says But now, this is what the Lord says- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One od Israel, your Savior...

Julie and Chad, I love you both. You have always been very special to my girls and I. We will pray for you! Claim this verse and remember, as I remind myself almost every minute of every day, He will NEVER leave you!!!

Anonymous said...

Yay Julie! Welcome to the blogging world. I'm SO excited that you decided to share your experience here. You know I love to be kept up to date. I'm happy for your good news!!! Keep us posted!

Kimberly said...

Julie, I found your blog from a link on Amy B's blog site. I will be praying for you. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait for the beach!

Katy said...

"in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." (romans 8:28) I know you've heard it a thousand times, but you have to remember that God is allowing this to take place for a specific purpose. It's nothing He hasn't done before (1 Samuel 1). Everything is going to turn out perfect, and you will realize your blessings even more. I thank God for you daily!

SurvivorBlessing said...

I am new here and I am looking forward to follow your journey. May God bless you.