To my friends and family…

March 23, 2009 at 7:15 pm 17 comments

Last week I put up a 2 posts announcing that Justin and I would be new parents in October.  Last Thursday early morning, we had to rush to the ER.  I was having a lot of pain and bleeding.  After many hours of waiting and tests, ultrasounds and blood work, we were told that I had lost the baby.  It seems that the baby had died about a week after my last ultrasound, which was at week 8.  I would have at the time we went into the hospital, been at week 11.  They were able to get me in to surgery relatively quickly that day, as I had not eaten since dinner the night before.  I had a d&c to remove what was left.  The procedure only took about 20 minutes.  I was out during that, and in recovery for 2 hours after that.  We were then able to go home.  We got to the emergency room at about 5:30 am and were home a bit after 2 pm.  It was a very long, very painful day.  We are still dealing with a lot of grief and I’m still recovering from the surgery and having some pain.  I have had a hard time seeing people or talking to anyone.  If you have called here the last couple of days, you have most likely spoken with Justin.  He has been amazing and I am so grateful to him for dealing with everything I’ve been unable to deal with.  He is going through the same pain, and I hate that I have been making him do everything.  I am eternally grateful to him and love him more than anything.

On top of all of this, we have another pain that we have been dealing with.  This is something we have not told many people about, because I have been unwilling to let anyone know.  It’s hard even now for me to be sharing this, but I think it’s time, and I’m sick of the pain and the secrets.

Justin and I started our journey to be parents early in 2007.  We spent a year trying to get pregnant with no luck.  I finally spoke with my gynecologist and she referred us to a fertility clinic.  We spent all of 2008 there.  It has been determined that I most likely have PCOS.  That basically means that my body does not produce hormones correctly for becoming pregnant and that with out help, I most likely cannot get pregnant on my own.  On top of all of this, my health insurance does not cover the cost of infertility treatments, only up to a point of diagnosis.  So, not only were we dealing with the fact that having a baby would be difficult in the first place, but on top of it, we could not even afford to try.  The cost of the treatments are extremely high.  The medicines that I need to take are over $1000 each time we try.  That’s not to mention all of the ultrasounds, blood work and actual procedures needed to make this happen.  During these 2 years, only 1 person knew we were even dealing with this.  When we finally got to the point where I had been diagnosed and a course of treatment had been decided we were unsure if we would be able to do it since as I said, we did not have the money.  At that point Justin suggested it was time to talk to our pastors, not only to help us deal with the pain associated with infertility, but to see if they could offer any guidance as to how to proceed.  I was still unwilling to talk to anyone, but I knew that we were at a point where we could not proceed alone.  I’m very very glad that we did finally talk with them.  They were able to offer some guidance, counsel and suggestions.  Through that meeting, we discovered that we could possibly be eligible for a grant to help us pay for the costs of treatment.  We were able to get that grant and we were given $5,000.  That would basically get us through one treatment and maybe another if we were very thrifty.  Luckily our nurse at the fertility clinic was aware of our situation and help to find us extra medicine from samples and that people had turned in that they didn’t need anymore, so much of the medicine I needed we got for free.  Things were finally starting to work in our favor!  The middle of January 2009, we had our first procedure.  We did an IUI, not an IVF as IVF are ridiculously expensive and even with another grant we would have not been able to afford it.  We got very lucky and the IUI worked the first time we tried!!  Usually it can take up to 2-3 tries before it finally works.  It seemed that everything was finally coming together, our dreams and hopes were being realized.

It was so hard to wait to tell our friends and family our good news.  I was so happy that after 2 years, I was finally going to be a mommy!  We still kept the infertility to ourselves for the most part, telling only a few people.  The reason I’ve kept this in so long is mostly due to embarrassment.  All my life I’ve wanted to have children.  All my life I’ve had a fear in the back of my mind, a “what if” nagging.  What if I can’t have children?  What if there is something wrong with me?  To find that that distant fear was a reality was a huge blow.  I’m still embarrassed.  I still feel inadequate.  As a woman, as a human being.  One of the major defining differences between genders is a woman’s ability to create life.  If I can’t do that, what does that say about me, about my female-ness?  Even putting this out there for the whole world to see was a very difficult decision for me.  I’m still uneasy about it, but I also feel it is the right thing to do.  I’m tired of keeping it all in, and I want people to know and to understand what we’re going through.  Possibly this will reach other people who are in the same situation and they will know they are not alone.  It’s not easy to be alone.  To see all of your friends and loved ones starting families.  It seemed that every time I opened the computer or talked to someone, another person was having a baby.  It’s hard when it seems so easy for some people, that they barely have to think about it, and here I am wanting nothing more in the world that a baby and no matter what I did I could not have one.  The relief, joy and love I felt when were were finally going to be parents was beyond anything I’ve ever felt.  To now have lost that so soon is beyond devastating, beyond anything I have ever felt in my entire life.  To loose someone you have never even met is hard to explain.  There is no closure.  There is no body to mourn.  There is no name to put to the feelings.  There is no personality to miss.  There is only the hope and the expected joy that is now lost and can never be found.  Only the dreams and plans that had been made that are now dust.

I have new what if’s now.  What if I can’t get pregnant again?  What if we can’t find the money to try again?  Everything seemed to click the first time, what if a miracle can only happen once in your life?

We will try again.  We will find a way.  We will make it through this, and hopefully in the not to distant future, we will have our hopes and dreams realized, and I will be able to hold my baby in my arms and say “I love you, and I’ve been waiting my whole life for you.”  I anticipate that day.  I long for that day.  I cry for that day.

I want to thank all of my friends and family who have been with us during this time, think of us, offering us sympathy and understanding.  Unfortunately, I know many people who have had to deal with the pain of miscarriage.  I thank them all for there words and guidance.

Goodbye, my sweet baby.  Rest now my angel.

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  • 2. susq  |  March 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Meggon,

    You are so brave. Thanks for openly sharing your heart, I have no doubt that this is going to help another woman out there who is in your shoes.

    I know it’s going to happen for you somehow, someday. And what a lucky, blessed and fortunate baby that will be to have you for a Mommy!

    Love you, talk to you soon.

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  • 3. Devon  |  March 23, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Sending my love to the two of you. You are both amazing people and I adore you. Sending prayers of healing for your body, Mae, and bother of your spirits.

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  • 4. Carly  |  March 23, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Meg,
    You articulated the feelings of infertility so clearly and honestly. It is so difficult to honor those feelings but they are truly palpable and very real. It is a pain for women that is deeper than any I have ever felt before or since. Thank you for letting us in and for allowing us to love you. You are an amazing and powerful woman. Your dream will find you in time. For now, we carry you in our hearts and prayers.
    Much love,
    Carly

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  • […] and Mae, who have gone from sorrow and struggle, to great joy, only to face deep grief and loss. Mae has so clearly and heart-rendingly given her account, that all I can do is point you to […]

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  • 6. Jane Ellen+  |  March 23, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I’m sorry, Meg. I understand the hard realities of infertility too well, and I am so sorry for this heartbreak. I am holding you both in prayer this night, and in the days to come.

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  • 7. Kate Setzer Kamphausen  |  March 23, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Love you, Miss Mae. Of course I had no idea – but thank you for letting us in.

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  • 8. onepinkline  |  March 23, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Came across this post randomly. Wanted to first say – I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your husband must be devastated.
    Second – infertility is an unbearable ordeal but please know, you are not alone. There are millions of people just like you. And all of us are hoping that you find success in your journey to become parents.

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  • 9. Benedict Seraphim  |  March 24, 2009 at 7:20 am

    I rather impersonally linked to your post before replying more personally. I can only excuse that by my utter lack of anything to say in the face of your loss and your dogged faith and hope.

    I am so sorry for you both. I share your tears. I have prayed, am praying and will continue always to pray.

    I love you both.

    May the loving arms of our always compassionate God and Savior, Jesus Christ, uphold you both in strength and peace through your sorrow and into your joy.

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  • 10. jessica t  |  March 24, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Meggon,

    I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. You and your husband will be in my prayers.

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  • 11. Susie/NuevaCantora  |  March 24, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I’m so sorry Mae, and hope that the strength you found to share this story will follow you through whatever is next. Lots of prayer for you here too.

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  • 12. Mimi  |  March 24, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Sigh. I’m so sorry. May that sweet babe’s Memory be Eternal.

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  • 13. Rev. Douglas Harris  |  March 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Mae, My heart breaks again as I hear you express the events of last Thursday. The tears are just as real today as they were then. The two of you have gone through so much. We have been with you through it all and will continue to be with you as you grieve your profound loss and as you find your way into the future. You have given yourself and so many others a gift in your willingness to share your pain. You are a person who I respect deeply and will pray that your dreams become reality. Love, Pastor Doug

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  • 14. Sherry Nelson  |  March 25, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Mae-Mae-
    Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us. I am so moved by who you and Justin are being in the face of such tremendous pain and loss. Wow. Your powerful words and vulnerability are a special gift and grace. I pray that your brave choice of letting the world in will be part of your own healing, as I’m sure it will be of comfort and inspiration to many others. We love ya! Love, Sherry

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  • 15. Jackie (Rob's old roomie  |  March 25, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Hello Meggon,
    I just wanted to let you know that I also have PCOS. I related to your feelings of probably not being able to have children one day. I always felt that way and continue to feel this way. I also question my femininity – boo! We are friends on Facebook and we should talk sometime. I feel that your current pains will be my future when I try to be a mother. I cling to adoption as a cover to make me feel better since I will probably will not be able to have my own child. Let’s talk more. I know you may not want to talk any time soon, but if you want to, ask Robbin for my number or we talk on Facebook.
    You’re in my thoughts and prayers. I hope and pray you will be able to hold your baby in your arms soon. It will give me hope that I might be able to one day.

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  • 16. CeCe Garrett  |  March 26, 2009 at 12:39 am

    You dont know me… but I have walked this path before. I am praying for your physical and emotional healing. If you need ANYthing.. feel free to email me or find me on my blog. I have PCOS and have lost a baby. I just found your blog by accident.. but I want you to know this chubby pastor’s wife in Indiana is praying for you.

    CeCe Garrett

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  • 17. Evy Solis  |  March 26, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself. I admire you and Justin for your strength and determination. You have plenty of company in many of your hopes, doubts, and fears. I hope knowing that, even if it does not lessen any of those, relieves some of the feeling of embarrassment. I’ve certainly wondered of my purpose in life, single and childless. Know that you are loved. I pray and cry for you too. Please ask if you need anything. Thank you both for being all that you are.

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