About me

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I’m in my 30’s, work as a full-time mommy/homemaker and part-time freelance editor, and live outside Boston with my Irish husband (S) and our three-ring circus…dog, cat, and toddler!

S and I have been married for nine years, and after five years of infertility treatments were blessed with a beautiful little boy in May of 2011.  We’re still learning how to navigate the land of toddler-hood, but are crazy enough that we’re starting the process for (hopefully!) baby #2.  There is never a dull moment in our household…hope you enjoy the ride!

3 Comments »

  1. Jacqui said,

    Hi-

    I stumbled across your site when I was researching bloggers to reach out to for a client of mine. You are a fabulous writer with great credentials. I was wondering if you would be interested in collaborating with my client, Mindy Berkson. Mindy is a world renowned infertility consultant http://www.lotusblossomconsulting.com – if so, she would love to be a guest contributor to your blog.

    Thanks,
    Jacqui

  2. Jane said,

    Your puppy is soooo adorable!

    • Doreen said,

      Hi,

      I read your infertility story and it sounds very similar to what I went through a few years ago, so I figured I’d share my experience w/you in case it might help at all.

      When I was around 25, my period all of a sudden disappeared. It had been perfectly normal from its onset when I was 12 until that time. I had a couple of other symptoms as well, most notably increased hair loss. I saw numerous doctors to find out what was the problem, and heard the same PCOS diagnosis as you got. Another one told me my BF was too low (I also exercise a lot and like to eat healthy and be fit), and they wanted to put me on BCPs to induce the flow. I thought that was crazy, to force an unnatural period which would just cover over whatever the real problem was. I didn’t really believe the PCOS diagnosis because like you, I had none of the other symptoms. I was so frustrated and had no idea what to do. This went on for more than 2 years!!! Finally I started doing my own research and I came across this:

      http://thyroid.about.com/od/gettestedanddiagnosed/a/normaltshlevel.htm

      This led me to buy the book The Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough by Mary Shomon which had so much info in it.

      Basically, most labs/doctors believe that a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormore) level of anything less than 5.0 is normal. What this website and book say is that many women can have problems w/ a TSH higher than 2.5 or 3.0. These problems include infertility, menstrual irregularity, hair loss, etc etc.

      I reviewed my past blood work, and my TSH levels were around 3.2. I found a new endocrinologist and brought all my old tests and this book (in case he didn’t believe me), and he decided to put me on thyroid replacement treatment so see if it would help at all. 6 weeks later, I got my first period in over 2 years. This endocrinologist did more thyroid related testing and discovered that I also have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which means that my own antibodies are slowly attacking my thryoid which probably cause this elevated TSH, which caused my period to disappear.

      Since then (I’m 31 now), my period has been fine. I now monitor my TSH and if it begins to creep up, my dose of thyroid replacement hormone increases.

      Anyway, I just wanted to share in case this could help you at all. Good luck w/TTC.

      Doreen


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