Sherry & Michael
- Frozen embryo transfer (FET)
- In vitro Fertilization (IVF)
- Faez Faruqi, MD
- Grace Michel, NP
Sherry & Michael's Story:
We got married in 2016. After many bottles of fine wine while traveling through France, in 2017 we decided it was time to start a family. We thought it would be easy.
After many months of no news except unpredictable menstrual cycles, we were hit with the diagnosis of PCOS and a relatively large ovarian cyst that required surgical removal. A few months after surgery, we were hit with an additional diagnosis of a blocked tube. After multiple rounds of IUI with no success, we decided to take a break.
Our first cycle of egg retrieval in June 2022 yielded five embryos. Our first transfer (fresh) resulted in a positive pregnancy test, something we had never seen before. Sadly we lost the pregnancy just as fast. As we slowly transferred the remaining embryos over each of the following months, we were hit with the devastating news of failed transfers.
On December 19, 2022, just days before Christmas, we decided to transfer our two remaining embryos, which happened to be our lowest-graded ones. To our surprise, one took! We had a very “uneventful” healthy pregnancy, and our little miracle was born in September 2023.
Our little family is now complete, and we are forever thankful to the team at CNY for giving us a fighting chance at IVF.
Favorite Team Member at CNY:
Dr Fink and Dr Faruqi who did our retrieval calmed my nerves with their witty jokes as I lay on the chair before procedure.
NP Brandis who did many of our transfers has the sweetest soul (with her amazing eye lashes).
The travel team who worked seamlessly on sending out orders and answering all the questions.
The entire Colorado team who made us feel cared for on a personal level with each and every visit.
Helpful resources Sherry & Michael found:
Acupuncture made me feel calm, even if it was really an opportunity to just take a little cat nap.
I must’ve taken hundreds of pregnancy tests just to make sure it was real. When the doctor placed her on my chest after delivery, it was the most surreal feeling of “Wow, we made it! We actually made it!”
I still have that feeling every time she is laying on my chest for contact napping.
Hope, Inspiration and Advice:
Trust your instincts and the providers with the advice they give. Don’t give up on hope even when it seems to be impossible. IVF is expensive but looking back now, it was definitely worth it.