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Out Now Damned Spot!

I just don’t trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn’t die.

– Mr. Garrison – South Park Bigger Longer and Uncut

For me personally, this entire situation sometimes really just pisses me off. I could write a frilly note on how it is frustrating, but more women go through it than myself and that I should just pray and keep moving because God always has a plan.

But since this is MY damn blog, I’m gonna say what I’m thinking…I’m really just pissed.

And it doesn’t even have full issue with the fertility thing. No, its far more simple than that, and yet more upsetting. I suffer from Menorraghia. Menorrhagia is the medical term for excessive bleeding at the time of the menstrual period, either in number of days or amount of blood or both. All those fancy words =
The pissy part is, guess what is used to “cure” this disorder?

Birth control pills, hysterectomy, or a Thermablate Endometrial Ablation System.
So here are your choices: You either bleed excessively so that you are not using prophylactic medicine or surgery that would prohibit you from reproduction and endure blood loss at an excess to the normal 60L which, ALSO prohibits procreation, OR you can take the pill to stop the bleeding and thus STILL prevent procreation. Didn’t hear a winning solution in there? Nah, me either.

There are several causes and symptpms for excessive bleeding,

  • being a young adolescent or pre-menopausal woman *(WTF?)
  • being overweight *(guilty)
  • using certain medications, such as blood thinners
  • having a hereditary bleeding disorder

    The two most common causes of menorrhagia are hormonal imbalance and/or uterine fibroids:
  • Hormonal Imbalance: An imbalance of the hormones estrogen and progesterone is the most common cause of menorrhagia. In order to build up your endometrial lining, your body releases estrogen and progesterone. If these hormones become imbalanced, your endometrium can continue to build up and bleed excessively.
  • Uterine Fibroids: Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that form inside your uterus. These can interfere with your reproductive system, causing irregular bleeding

If I were a betting broad, I would attribute all of my bullshit to being overweight. I really should I guess, it seems to be a condition that affects the hypothyroidism as well as the Menorrhagia…BUT, these symptoms and conditions began over seven years ago, BEFORE I was clinically overweight. But the time it took for these doctors to diagnose me as hypothyroid, wasted valuable time that I could have been pre-advised about the conditions that could occur as a result. So…I basically feel like I’ve been dying for about 7 years because no one has been fully honest with me.

And now…well, Zombies don’t reproduce.

sigh.

Okay, that was a bit morbid. But I’m just pissed today. So, as with everything else with this blog, I use my devastation and anger as fuel to educate others or at least let someone else out there who may be living the same thing, not feel so alone.

And the studies still think, its the baby boomers hit the hardest…

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Resolve TeleSeminars!

Resolve, the National Infertility Association is hosting teleseminars!!! Here is the info:

RESOLVE’s Summer TeleSeminar Tour: Spend Your Summer Educating Yourself on Your Family Building Options

Join RESOLVE for one or all of these upcoming FREE TeleSeminars, hosted by RESOLVE professional members—family building experts from across the country. Seminars will take place on Thursdays at 9:00PM ET.

August 6: I Need Someone To Talk To: Why Join a Support Group?, with Gretchen Kubacky, PsyD, CBF
August 13: Anonymous Donors: Are They Really?, with Amy Demma, JD, Prospective Families
August 20: International Surrogacy, with Cameron Castleberry, M, JD
August 27: Acupuncture & Infertility, with Sadie Minkoff, LAc, FABORM, Central Family Practice
To register, click here. For a complete list of TeleSeminars throughout the year, visit RESOLVE’s website.
Teleseminars generously sponsored by
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Talk about making omelets out of broken eggs.
Meet Tarah.

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First a little bit about me and how I got here.
I met the love of my life in 1997 and we’ve been together ever since.
In 2005 we tied the knot and soon realized that we wanted to build our family.
Sadly, growing our family didn’t come easy.
We have suffered 3 losses and after the third loss I had some testing done.
We found out that I have a Balanced Translocation.
What this means is, when I was conceived, 2 of my chromosomes switched places.
This condition doesn’t effect me per se, but it does affect me when it comes to trying to have a baby.
When conception begins and the cells are dividing my embryo’s no longer develop because of the 2 chromosomes that are switched, ending with the loss of a baby.
My Husband and I have options to build our family.
However, they are costly.
We are currently exploring an option that costs $20,000.00.
Which leads me here.
I started to make my bath and body products to raise money for our family.
Our insurance doesn’t cover any of the procedures.
That leaves the burden of the expense on our shoulders.

You can have baby smooth skin as you help us reach our goal of having a baby.

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Awesome right? I know. Head over to Tarah’s Heaven Scent Boutique and place an order! Help someone out and smell good at the same time? Amazing.

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I didn’t walk alone…submitted by Monette, a friend of The Broken Brown

The following was submitted by a friend of the BBE. It gives a glimpse into her struggle with infertility and gives a brief definition of another unknown hurdle, Hostile Cervical Mucus. The Broken Brown thanks and salutes you Moe!
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I didn’t walk alone …

On July 8, 2005 my walk turned into a run. It was the day after two years of natural trying for conception that I was diagnosed with Hostile CM. What’s funny, or not so funny is just prior to that I had been joking about CMWA (Cervical Mucus with an Attitude). I had read about it and thought, surely you’ve got to be kidding. You know that saying “from my lips to God’s ears”, I wanted to cry but laughter was a better choice as I could see God was sharing his sense of humor with me. Below is my post from that diagnosis and from there I proceeded through 3 IUI’s before conceiving twins on my 4th IUI.

Hostile CM
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Okay, I needed a place to have my say and just be done with it.

First let me say that TTC is fun “at first” when your dreams of making a baby flow naturally and easily. Your think in terms of pink and blue and the conception of a healthy baby after a few romantic romps with your hubby.

But as time progresses and the BFN becomes your monthly initials you are rocked by emotions. Mine were always “where’s my baby and what is wrong with me and I hope I didn’t wait too late”.

I am thankful that I’ve never had the jealousies or sad feelings for anyone else pregnant or having had a child. I can’t even explain the whys of that, I think it really borders on the fact that I always want to see other people happy and that when my time does come, I am going to need that same type of support because I don’t want to try and hide my joy.

That being said, I still ask “where’s my baby?” Well after two years of trying to conceive and a battery of tests, I find out today that my cervical mucus is too thick? You could have knocked me over with an eyelash. I’m still stunned. Everything else is fine but the damn mucus has an attitude, it has the NERVE to be HOSTILE! I tell you if I didn’t have a true WTF moment when the doctor told me that then I don’t know who did.

All of that to say, I’ve got two really good follicles that have formed and they gave me a shot to produce an eggie in the morning and that’s where the big news comes in …

IUI in the morning, we are by passing the CMWA aka Cervical Mucus with an Attitude and I just pray that we catch the eggie.

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The BBE would like to celebrate the fact that the above statements resulted in an awesome and beautiful little lady who has recently turned three years old! Though things were by no way easy and they did result in more trials, I find it an awesome and important thing to show that infertility and its counterparts are NOT final verdicts on any story. Even the most aggressive, unexpected and hostile circumstances can still fall to the wayside when God has a bigger plan in store. That, if nothing else, is something I seriously need to be reminded of quite often. Thanks again for sharing with us.

The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s Family Building Grant

The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s Family Building Grant provides up to $10,000 to needy infertile families. The grant is used to assist with the costs associated with infertility treatment or domestic adoption.

For additional information, feel free to call us at 443-896-6504 or email us at grantinfo@cadefoundation.org.

Applications will be available at all TQCF activities in 2009 and online from July 15, 2009 until Sept. 15, 2009. Family Building Grant Applications are due on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. Applications will not be available at any other time or under any other circumstances. The TQCF will hold a teleconference to provide technical support for families submitting grant applications on Sept. 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST. Call information will be available on the “grant” page of http://www.cadefoundation.org/ on July 15, 2009.

Application submission and the review process.

The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Selection Committee is responsible for the review of all Family Building Grant applications and makes the decision regarding funding. All complete applications are reviewed and considered regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or national origin.

Grant funding will not exceed $10,000 per family
Support is considered only for couples who are US citizens with documented infertility who reside in the United States
Grant will provide financial support to assist with costs associated fertility treatment or domestic adoption after January 1, 2010
$25 non-refundable application fee (cashier’s check or money order ONLY) must be submitted with the application. DO NOT SEND CASH
Grant application must provide a detailed plan of how funds will contribute to overall costs associated with fertility treatment or domestic adoption
Grant MUST be used for the purposes described in the original grant application
Submitted applications must be complete to be considered. Applications missing any information or attachments will not be reviewed
ALL Family Building Grant recipients are expected to attend the 2009 TQCF Family Building Luncheon. The event is scheduled for Saturday Jan. 2, 2010. All recipients are responsible for transportation and lodging. Failure to attend will result in forfeiture of grant.

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