Life is all about perception. How do we choose to look at our situation? Half-full or half-empty?
Half-empty: This new treatment I am pursuing (Follistim injectables with an IUI) has an 18% success rate. This means out of 100 couples who do this treatment, 82 of them will not be successful. I could become pregnant with this treatment, but it is much more likely that I will come out of this with no baby.
Half-full: Without treatment, Ryan and I have less than 1% chance of conceiving. With the treatment, our chances are 18%. I could interpret that to mean that we are 1700% more likely to get pregnant this month than in previous months. That is quite an increase!
The half-empty side is quite depressing. I don’t want to be one of those 82 people left disappointed at the end of the month.
However, I can’t help but feel a rush of excitement whenever I think of the half-full scenario.
So for now I am choosing to be half-full. After years of waiting, I am trying to enjoy feeling hopeful again.