Infertility Warrior: Bryce

Today on the blog I want to introduce you our infertility warrior Bryce. Bryce is a mother to a beautiful 19 month old daughter, a pregnancy loss survivor, a PCOS fighter and an infertility warrior. We are thrilled to have her here today to tell her story and answer a few questions.

Q: Tell us a little about your infertility journey.

We’ve been dealing with infertility on & off for 3 years due to my PCOS. We’ve only ever done Clomid with timed intercourse. It’s worked for us twice. We have a 19-month-old daughter & one angel baby that we never got to meet. After 16 months of not preventing, 13 months of actively trying, 9 months of fertility medications, & 1 cycle with the fertility specialist, we got pregnant with our daughter. Once our daughter was born & we were cleared by my OB, we never prevented pregnancy. When our daughter turned 6 months old, we decided to start actively trying in fear that it would take us a year, if not longer to get pregnant again. Shortly before our daughter’s 1st birthday, after 6 months of actively trying, & one trip to the fertility specialist, we got pregnant with Baby #2 (who we refer to as Baby J). Unfortunately, Baby J stopped growing & we had a D&C at 10 weeks, 6 days. Exactly 1 month after our D&C, I had a cycle on my own, which is rare for me due to my PCOS. We went back to the fertility specialist & decided to start medicated cycles (Clomid) again. That was 4 months ago & we haven’t had any luck with the Clomid. We’ve dealt with hyper stimulation twice, even with my Clomid dosage cut in half, & had to take those cycles off.

Q: What has been the hardest part?

The hardest part of our journey this far has been our miscarriage & going through the D&C. It’s very difficult for me to think about the fact that we should be getting ready to bring Baby J home. It’s also so hard to see women who are pregnant right now, couples expecting around the same time that we were, & continuous pregnancy announcements.

Q: What has been the best part?

The best part, aside from getting pregnant twice, has been educating people on infertility & learning that I’m not alone. Infertility can feel extremely isolating at times, but I know that there are women out there going through the exact same thing that I am. The infertility, loss, & TTC community is incredible. Everyone’s story/journey is different, but at the same time, exactly the same. Does that make sense?

Q: Where are you now on this journey?

Currently, we’re in limbo. My last cycle was about a month ago & we were going to start Letrozole since Clomid doesn’t seem to be working well for us. I went in for my vaginal ultrasound & our doctor discovered a 5 cm cyst taking over my left ovary. He ended up telling us that we needed to give my body a break & let the cyst take care of itself. He figured I’d have my next cycle within 2-4 weeks, & still nothing. We’re waiting for a call back to schedule our next appointment, see how the cyst/ovary are doing, & decide where to go from there. If we don’t get pregnant with Letrozole & timed intercourse, we’re looking at doing our first round of IUI.

Q: What is one question you wish people would stop asking?

Questions don’t bother me much, but comments do. I’m happy to answer pretty much any question, besides the dreaded “When are you going to have another baby?” Comments like, “Wait until you have another one.” or “Dottie J needs a sibling.” are what get to me the most.

Q: Anything you have learned that you would like to pass along?

 It’s okay to feel however you feel. Your feelings are valid. There’s always going to be people who have been trying longer than you or whose journey has been more difficult than yours, but that doesn’t negate the way you feel or mean that your journey isn’t as important.

Q: Anyone or anything that has inspired you along your journey?

Go to Instagram, search #Infertility, & bam! All of those women have inspired me. Sometimes I just like to scroll through & read other women’s stories or see how they’re dealing with everything they’re going through. Those women are beyond inspirational.

Q: Any resources or other accounts you would like to share that you found helpful during or after your journey?

I love Allie Richmond, @whimsic_al on IG & YouTube. I’ve been following her since before I got pregnant with our daughter & she was pregnant with her triplets. Rachelle Swannie, @rachelleswannie on IG or Rachelle & Justin on YouTube, has also been super inspiring. While we don’t share the same fertility causing issue, her strength & perseverance are incredibly helpful.

Q: Where can people find out more about you? (Instagram, Facebook)

 @ohmamjohns on IG or Oh Mama Johns on FB!

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