Although she knew that her marriage was certainly strained, Alison wanted to give having another child one more shot and scheduled an appointment to discuss IVF after trying everything from acupuncture to an intrauterine insemination (IUI). "In my heart, I could not give up this dream to have another child," she said. "That was part of the problem: I was so frustrated with myself because I was like, 'God, I wish I didn't want this so badly because if I didn't, life would be so much easier. We wouldn't be going through all this.'"
In a stroke of good fortune, Alison was able to get pregnant after one round of IVF using a single embryo. "We did one round and I got super lucky," she said. "I think when we did the egg retrieval, I got like 29 eggs and I remember feeling so cool. I was like, 'F*ck, yeah!'"
But after fertilizing the eggs and genetic testing, Alison was left with literally one embryo. "My doctor told me, that he was going to implant the embryo even though the odds were slim," she said. "He told me not to get my hopes up and I didn't really have a back-up plan. So anyway, we did the implantation and it was crazy, but it worked."