Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Back to Istanbul it is...

We had our final Beta HCG this morning and unfortunately it went down again.  We are of course disappointed but very thankful that we have frozen embryos so we can try again.  We plan on having a wonderful and relaxing summer with the boys.  Well as relaxing as you can when there is baseball three times a week and basketball two to three times a week.  John is a coach and is always on the move somewhere with the boys.  It is exhausting at times but I am thankful that he is so involved.  

  I am sure all of you that have been trying to conceive know how it can consume your life.  I did a post a while ago about all of the calculating, counting, and calendar watching that can end up driving you crazy and almost take the love out of something that should be overflowing with it.  It has been important to remember to take time and enjoy one another.  We often forget why we are trying to conceive in the first place as the emotional toll of failing to do so month after month can often reek havoc on our bodies and minds.  It isn't just us women that can become saddened and depressed by the infertility, our husbands often carry the load on their shoulders as well.  
  So for all of you trying to conceive, enjoy and love your spouse or partner more than ever.  Have fun, laugh, giggle, smile, hold hands, hug and forget about the pain of infertility for awhile.  If you choose to go to Istanbul or other destination remember to relax and have a wonderful time on your vacation.  Relaxing and enjoying one another will make the whole experience better and will also help keep your body healthier.  To tell you the truth I was expecting to be cranky and super emotional because of all the medications.  I am still surprised (frankly so is John- lol) that I never got upset or emotional and I truly hope that all of you have as fantastic a time as we did.  

  I will keep you updated as we decide on the next step.  In my research on frozen embryo transfers I haven't found a lot of information on the protocols or traveling abroad, so I will definitely blog about that experience as well to hopefully help answer your questions about FET. 

 Thank you all for your support, it means so much to us both.  

Kelly and John


  1. I am sorry to hear of your results but I am amazed at how positive you all in the light of it all. I wish you the best of luck and that your second time is your charm :)

  2. Thank you for the well wishes. I truly believe that finally talking about our struggles and being able to help others has made it easier to stay positive.

  3. Sorry it didn't take. My husband and I are looking into this option. Planning on going in January. Did you use an agency or how did you go about organizing everything. Thanks for sharing you story.

  4. Hi April! Thank you and we were so glad to be able to share our story with the IVF community. We used Mark Semple from IVF Vacation Center. There was no charge on his end. He basically helps you organize everything and coordinates with the hospital in Turkey. He is also available to answer all your questions along the way. Please mention that you read the blog. If you have anymore questions please do not hesitate to email us @


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