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The Next Step

So, we matched. Yay, hooray, bravo, etc. We couldn't be more excited. Now that the reality has set in it is time to get down to work. An old friend e-mailed me yesterday and pointed out how hard the journey of IVF truly is. Ours is a few steps further because of the donation. So now we are in the process of signing all of the legal documentation. Not only do we have to consent to treatment, but we have to sign away my eggs.

After we have all 30 or so pages signed (and notarized) we have a few decisions to make. When you do IVF they often cryopreserve any unused embies. So, we have to decide what happens to those embryos when we don't need them. We will likely save them in case we want to do another IVF (and you have 5 years to keep them frozen). The choices are to thaw and discard, donate for research purposes or donate them to another couple. I never would have imagined what a tough decision that is. How in the heck can I be ok about donating my unfertilized egg but be uneasy about donating a fertilized emby. I guess because at that point, even though it's something like a 2 celled organism, but that organism is our child. So we have to decide what to do. Decisions, decisions...

1 comments:

1L @ UT Law 11:10 PM  

Hi Kristen, I'm reading your blog for the very first time today!

With regards to this post I wanted to say that I completely agree with what you're saying about the important difference between an unfertilized and fertilized egg.

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