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      Infertility and Beyond — embryo transfer

      Mary Chase's Infertility Story

      Mary Chase's Infertility Story

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      INSTAGRAM: @de_mama_to_be
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      My story began when I was 8 years old. My mom brought to my doctor because I was having headaches. The Dr ended up doing a full physical and found a mass in my pelvis. They sent me for an Ultrasound and saw a fist sized mass on my ovary. I was sent to Boston Children's hospital at Tufts for more tests and eventually surgery. They removed the cyst which turned out to be a dermoid cyst and my left ovary. 
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      3 years later, my mom noticed my stomach was really bloated. She pushed on it and it was really firm. She brought me back to the same Dr and then I went through the same work up as I did 3 years earlier. This time they found a 10 lb fluid filled cyst in my pelvis. I was older now and had started going through puberty. I remember hearing the Drs talk to my parents about trying to save some ovarian tissue that they were hoping would continue to function. I think I knew at this point I knew that you needed ovaries to have babies and that with them taking both ovaries out, I would never have kids. 
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      I always worried how this would affect me later on in life. Fast forward getting married in 2005 to a guy I had been with since 2001. I went through all the "steps." I finished college, had a career, met someone that I thought I was in love with and got married. I was always up front with him about how I couldn't have kids. I was always open to adoption especially international adoption. The only thing is the s process was so expensive and my Ex loved to spend money. In 2012 my ex decided that marriage was too hard and left. We got divorced and they was that. I was 32 and thought that I would never be married or have a family. This is in fate stepped in. I met my now husband only 4 months after at the top of a fire tower at 5am. We were married in 2018 and had started discussing having kids. I had briefly looked in adopting from China, but the rules have changed for Americans adopting from China. We had discussed that our best option would probably be looking into IVF using donor eggs. We had our first appointment at Boston IVF on December 31st 2018. We had decided to do with an Assured refund program through Donor Egg Bank. We were planning our first transfer in October 2019. This is when my past crept back in. When I had my first baseline ultrasound in March they noted that I had a small cyst, less than 1cm. No big deal, it's something that they had been tracking since I was a teenager. I'm not sure if it was the estrogen I was on for the mock cycle or just a coincidence, but the cyst grew to over 8cm and looked like a fluid filled fallopian tube.
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      They cancelled my transfer cycle and booked me for surgery. They removed what was diagnosed as a paratubular cyst. They had removed both fallopian tubes when I was a child, but had left in ovarian scar tissue that went crazy. To this day, no one can tell me why this happened. I recovered for a month, had a follow up with my RE and decided to proceed with a transfer in December. On December 22, I had my first DEIVF transfer. I found out on Jan 1, 2020 that I was pregnant. I had this crazy, gut feeling on Christmas day that I was pregnant. I resisted the urge to test prior to my HCG beta. It's been a rollercoaster ride dealing with being pregnant during a pandemic. I am currently 30 weeks pregnant and still can't believe it.  I feel so lucky and blessed that donor eggs are an option now. When I was a teenager I never thought I would have kids and honestly didn't really know I wanted to be a mom until my late 30s. I can't believe I have the opportunity to carry a baby and be a mother. 
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