About Moi

About Moi
My Name is Brittany, and I'm 23yrs old. I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 15, and then diagnosed with RA, when I was 18. I also got married when I was 18, and I'm enjoying my happily ever after with my hubby! When I got married, I was slim and trim...But not for long. After getting married, I started to gain a LOT of weight! In 1yr, I gained 50lbs! Finally, I went to the Doctor, where I discovered I have low thyroid. After being put on medicine, my weight gain slowed down, although over the next 3yrs, I gained an additional 26lbs. When I was 20yrs old, I got yet another diagnoses of Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. That's 4 diagnoses in a 5yr period, if you lost count. They all effect my weight, in one way or another. Add on top of that, my love affair with food, and every 1 of those 76lbs gained was accounted for. Being 76lbs over weight is unhealthy for anyone, but it was especially unhealthy for me, and my health issues. Since starting this blog, in Jan-2010, I have lost 40lbs! I'm a new, slimmer, and healthier me! Before losing weight, I was told I needed knee replacements. Losing weight was the ONLY tool I had to help me hold off on that life changing surgery. Since losing 40lbs, my knees have never felt better! My husband and I are also trying to start a family, but my PCOS was not going to make it as easy as 1,2,3, as I didn't have periods on my own. My doctor had told me if I wanted a baby, I HAD to lose weight. Since losing 40lbs, I've had regular cycles for the first time in my life! Which is very important when trying to have a baby ;) This journey of mine is more than me simply wanting to wear skinny jeans. It has been a quest to becoming :Deliciously Healthy, so ALL of my dreams can come true! I'm almost half way there! With each new day, I get closer and closer to my goal of 120lbs, and becoming :Deliciously Healthy!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Fertility Appointment

Today was my fertility appointment.May I just say that I LOVE my fertility doctor.
A lot.

One of the first things she mentioned was my weight loss. She was very happy, and proud of me. She told me that losing weight had no doubt helped my PCOS, and that my regular period cycles were proving that. She talked about insulin resistance, and how it directly effects the amount of testosterone that goes to my ovaries, affecting whether or not they would be able to develop an egg. She said a
low glycemic index diet would help my insulin resistance, balance out my hormones, and help me to ovulate regularly; And she was very happy to hear it was apart of my new plan.

She went down the list of my health issues (Lupus, RA, low thyroid, PCOS), and told me how amazing it was that I was able to lose weight, while having a number of things against me. That was a special moment for me. I felt very proud of myself for losing over 40 pounds, and not letting my health issues keep me from accomplishing my goals.

She took an ultrasound of my ovaries, and said they were "beautiful" My husband chuckled and told her that he always said I was beautiful inside and out. Ha. Ha. ;) She doesn't think I need to be put on Metformin, and wants to put me on Clomid, after I have my next period. Clomid will help me to ovulate more regularly. We will do that for 3 months, and if I'm not pregnant by then, we will talk about other fertility treatments we can do. She sounded pretty confident that the Clomid will do the trick. I'm excited for my next period to start, so we can start!

She talked to us for almost 2 hours. She answered every single question we had. She took the time to break down all my medical issues, and explained to us in laymen terms what they all meant, and how they can affect pregnancy. She is worried about my low thyroid and lupus, so she is going to set me up with one of the leading Rheumatologist/High Risk OBs in the United States!

It was a good appointment.
I left her office with a big smile on my face.

I was also reminded of my motto:
Eat Deliciously Healthy.
Be :Deliciously Healthy
.

20 comments:

Ivy said...

Awwww..so happy that everything is looking good! Hopefully everything will fall into place!

Red Deception said...

Oh my goodness... Good luck! Be aware that with Clomid your changes of multiples will increase... I know a woman that ended up with quints!

Wendy said...

YAY!!!! So very excited for you!!!

NAN said...

That's GREAT!!!! My appointment didn't go as well- cholesterol was up a bit drat it- so I'm going to start eating oatmeal regularly.

JIN @ SOUL+FOOD said...

EVERYTHING IS GOING TO WORK OF BEAUTIFULLY

Jessica said...

What great news!

Sean, Jen, Carson and Addie said...

Your chances of mulitples does increase with clomid, but not as much with the pill as the shot (especially if you are starting off with a lower dose). It's when you start getting the shot that you should really worry. And be ready for some crazy side effects! :0)

I am SO excited for this step for you guys!! I hope it works QUICK! You've done such a wonderful job with your weight to get to this place, you SHOULD be proud!!

Josie said...

Aw Brittany! I don't know if it's b/c I'm a mom or what the deal is but I am so proud of you!! this brought a tear to my eye, I'm excited for what's ahead for you! Stay strong and keep it up girl!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

How wonderful for you!!! Such a great positive attitude can work wonders too...and you have got that!

J said...

That's awesome! It is so important to have a doctor who takes time with you and that you feel comfortable with. Praying for you!
J

Former Fat Bride said...

Great news!! I told you she'd be so proud! I'm confident in clomid for you too (I'm in no means a dr lol) but I've heard a lot of good things about it, and I'm sure you'll get your miracle in no time!

dawne said...

You should be proud of yourself. Way to take care of that baby already, by taking care of YOU!!!

Melissa said...

i LOVED reading this! So glad you have an awesome doctor! I know you felt awesome w/ all you have accomplished! Can't wait to hear when you are pregnant! :)

135by2012 said...

Your post made me smile and I got goose bumps. I am so proud and happy for you. You are doing great and before you know it, you will have a little bundle in your arms. Keep positive and keep practicing ;) LOL!

Corletta said...

Well...
I am super proud of you!! Great job with the weight loss and the positive attitude!! By the way...you will be the most precious mom EVER! Happy Feb 2nd!

Fashion Meets Food said...

How wonderful! I am so glad things are going great for you. You are so strong willed you have life completely under control! :]

xo

Quisha said...

I'm so happy for you. It's a great feeling to know that your doctor is proud of you and working just as hard to make you happy. I'll be in that position sometime this year and I hope to have a doc like yours ;)


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pleasantlyhealthy said...

This post really brightened my day! Like REALLY a lot! I'm SO GLAD that you heard great news! All your hard work is paying off and that is AWESOME! -L.

Cynthia said...

That's so great about your appointment. How exciting!

Kat said...

Lady, congrats on having such a good appointment! You have been working so hard to better yourself for you AND your family - the proof is in the pudding. We will ALL be sending good thoughts/vibes your way!