Monday 1st June 2015
Back in January I went for a pre-treatment scan. A formality in order to start IVF, or so I thought. However, what I wasn’t expecting, was for them to find a cyst the size of a tennis ball on one of my ovaries. The consultant explained that he wasn’t sure if it was a Haemorrhagic Ovarian Cyst or Endometriosis and that I would need to be rescanned in 8 weeks.
Fast forward to today. The day I finally got my rescan and yes the cyst is still there but is now 5cm bigger than it was in January. The consultant called me into her office and explained that I would need to have a laparoscopy, a type of surgery, to have the cyst removed. This would be done in 2 parts. The first would be surgery to remove the contents of the cyst. I would then be put on hormone injections for 3 months to simulate the menopause and slow things down. Finally I would then have the remaining part of the cyst removed.
At the moment it hasn’t all really sank in. It has been a long process to get to this point (3 years of trying for a baby, countless scans, blood tests and 6 months of fertility drugs) but hopefully now we are a step closer in the right direction even if it does feel like we have actually taken 100 back.
Friday 5th August 2016
It’s just over a year on since I wrote the above and just under a year since my surgery. Thankfully during the laparoscopy they were able to remove the whole cyst, which was the size of a melon, in one go. This meant I didn’t have to have the hormone injections and only needed the one operation.
So here we are, a year on, with a beautiful baby boy of our own. Baby J was conceived naturally just 2 months after my surgery. I wonder now if the cyst was there all along and was just missed or if the operation just helped kick start something in me. But he is finally here and has made our life’s complete.