Cyclesistas.January 11, 2011 at 6:00 am | Posted in IVF #4: I'm STILL doing this?, Stuck with You (aka: Family) | 18 Comments
So back in 2006 when we were doing IVF, I used to sign up with Cyclesistas and read the other ladies who were cycling with me.
Initially it was really nice to have someone in the same boat as me, and I could compare symptoms and cheer other people on as they went through their own cycles.
By the last cycle, though – it was too hard to see the other people have success. So I stopped putting my name up.
Until my grandmother died when I was in fifth grade, my mom and my Aunt Judy were best friends. We lived in the same town, and Amy was close to my age. We spent weekends, weekdays, shopping trips, movie nights, holidays, random days off, school vacations and snowdays together. My cousins would come over and play and end up staying for dinner.
And vice versa.
And it turned out that my mom and Aunt Judy were pregnant with my sister and my cousin T at the same time.
Judy used to tell the story of how when my mom went into labor with my sister during a snowstorm, she was really upset because she didn’t think anyone would be able to make it to the hospital to visit.
And so, Judy told me with her infectious laugh, I also went into labor so I could keep her company!
My mother and her sister ended up sharing a hospital room, and my sister and cousin T call each other ‘cousin-twins.’
This January marks 4 years of trying for a baby for my sister.
And after their third negative IUI in November, her doctor recommended IVF.
So we knew they were going to do a fresh cycle sometime this year. And for Christmas, my brother and I broke the ‘no presents!’ rule and gave my sister $200 in a card. (Even better? It was my BROTHER’S idea. He’s a really good guy.)
My sister called me last week, after her IVF orientation. And she said “Hey! I’m on Lupron!”
As it turns out, my sister and I are cyclesistas.
They’re targeting a retrieval date of 1/23 or so – 6 or so days after our target retrieval date.
And if things work out, she joked, we could have cousin-twins of our own.
I don’t really believe that my family members are sitting around in some Heaven somewhere, playing around with our lives.
But I can’t help but hope it DOES work out for us. Because not only would it be really great for my sister to FINALLY be pregnant…
… but I would love to have a little piece of my aunt’s history in my own life, too.
So here’s hoping.