After some well-meaning but insensitive comments on her part I pulled away and stayed away. It was just easier that way. There wasn't any way I could find to cope with what was going on with me and be involved with what was going on with her. It just wasn't possible. I felt the loss of her in my life acutely but as the months passed and I become less shattered I thought that maybe it was better to just let the friendship go.
In April of this year she called me and left me a happy birthday message. I was stunned to hear her voice but was also unsure if too much time had passed to repair the friendship. Communication back and forth reinforced our deep connection and we both felt that our relationship was too important to let go.
Fast forward to this weekend when I was able to spend some time with her and her husband and girls during their road trip. We kept the conversation light and I just enjoyed spending time with them and doing some touristy things in my area. Her children are beautiful and all are relaxed and happy.
I haven't yet shared my DE IVF plans with her and I'm not sure when I will. It's not that I am hiding it, it's more that I fear a BFN and don't want to drag others through that again. I also don't want to have anyone feeling sorry for me at future get togethers and events. Truthfully, I also fear they if they know, I would be really uncomfortable with my ability to carry on "as normal" in our relationship.
So, for now I am just happy to have her back in my life. The rest will fall into place eventually and I'm ok with not knowing exactly what that looks like right now.
In the meantime my friend and workmate knows about my plans and is very supportive. I also have my DE IVF Abroad consultant who is a great source of information and support, along with the NP at my RE office. She's been amazingly supportive throughout everything.
It goes without saying of course, that I have my friends out in blogland, whose support and understanding is phenomenally important and amazing!