A blog friend and I have read plenty of each other’s blog posts but we had never met each other in person. She happened to be in the Bay Area all the way from Asia this past week. We sat at a cafe and chatted for almost 2 1/2 hours non-stop. It felt like we had been friends forever.
This is someone whose fertility journey is eerily similar to mine. This is someone who has the crappy diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve, with high FSH, low AMH, and low AFC. This is someone who has done a few IVF cycles and had only one precious transfer, which heartbreakingly also did not result in a take home baby. This is someone who has researched egg donation with asian/Chinese donor like I have. This is someone who has consulted with and considered some of the same clinics that I have. The more I learned about her, the more I felt like I was looking in a mirror. We had similar thoughts regarding parents, friends who are fertile, friends who are infertile but got pregnant quickly with their first/second IUI or first/second IVF, sharing about our struggles in the work place, repeated IVF failures, etc. etc. etc.
It was a breath of fresh air to be sharing with someone who knows what you’re going through and exactly how you are feeling. No explanation of terminology was required. No ART education needed to be had. We knew what RBA, CCRM, SDFC, PFC all stood for. We just talked and talked and talked and we knew that we understood each other. It’s not an everyday occurrence to meet somebody who knows how it feels to have a crappy diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve. I am sorry that we’re in the same situation, but so glad to have found each other.
This is the lovely thing about blogging. It can draw complete strangers together because of our common experiences.
What a precious friendship that has been formed between two people who live thousands of miles away but are living parallel lives. Thank you so much for sharing a lot of laughter and a lovely morning with me, Weylin. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together as well as meeting your husband. I really hope to be able to come see you in Singapore one day. Hopefully by then our babies will meet and have a playdate.