Some might say to me, as a single woman with no known fertility issues (other than missing a man/sperm), entering my second round of IVF at the start of the year was a “hopeful” stage to be in. Why shouldn’t I get pregnant this time around? I was hoping to have a baby by the second or maybe third cycle of IVF.
That is not what happened, and as I write this, I am still childless and not pregnant – yet.
That word “yet” shows hope.
I may have had less faith that the fourth round was going to be any different to the other three rounds of IVF, but it never took away from the hope that it would work. Ideally, you want hope and faith to be high but the reality is we’re all human and our feelings are ever fluctuating.
Hope is a state of mind, hope gives you motivation, hope gives you purpose. Hope doesn’t blind me from the truth that my eggs are not good, that the odds are against me. Hope means there is still desire to find a way to achieve my family-building plans.