In Vitro (IVF) Fund

$9,075 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 71 months

"The #1 barrier to treating infertility is finances"


My husband, David, and I met 7 years ago and have been married for almost 5 years.  We have always dreamed of having a family.  Dave has a condition known as Cystic Fibrosis which along with frequent severe lung infections, malabsorption, and several other complications, 98% of males with CF are considered infertile.  Although the sperm is produced it lacks the ability to naturally fertilize an egg.  Due to this we have always known In Vitro was the path we were headed down.

Recently we began consulting with various clinics and started our initial lab work.  Finally we found a doctor and a clinic that we love, the doctor and staff have been incredible through this process with us.  Much to our surprise we learned that I have complications as well.  My FSH level are abnormally high, which means I am quickly losing a supply of healthy eggs.  Due to this factor our doctor has stressed that we cannot afford to wait to go through an In Vitro cycle, as our window is quickly closing!  (I have confirmed this with my Ob/Gyn and a labor and delivery nurse who has 20 years of experience).

We met with the financial & IVF consultants yesterday and I about cried when I saw the numbers.  I knew it was expensive, but WOW!  And being on such a short time frame (basically we have to have funds raised one way or another by August 1st!) we are seeking help from our family, friends and acquaintances.  Those with generous and compassionate hearts.  We appreciate aid of ANY amount and please pass our page onto your friends and family.  An IVF cycle costs $12,900 and medication can run $2,000-6,000.  We are trying to work with the clinic to reduce the cost as much as possible, but in the mean time I have posted our goal around the average.

1 in 10 couples suffer from infertility.  I am hoping that with this being sent out it will help bring awareness to everyone as well as comfort and hope to those who also are fighting this battle.

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UPDATE: I went through the egg retrieval on 8/16. They were only able to get 6 eggs, and only half of those fertilized. Our doctor explaned that mostly only one of those three will fully develope to be able to be transferred, and that is assuming that we can use that embryo after we do the genetic screening.
After a consulation with our doctor and A LOT of time spent in prayer, we have decided to follow our Doctor's advice and proceed with a second retrieval cycle. Fortunately, our doctor informed the finance department to allow us to recieve the 'hope & help' discount for a second cycle (this is typically a one-time only discount). But, unfortunately, we will not be getting some of the meds for free this time, that WAS a one-time only donation :(
I have adjusted our goal to account for these new, unexpected expenses.
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I have been on fertility medications since 8/4. That's been, um, interetsting. Most of that time I have felt like I could start crying for pretty much no reason. I had more bloodwork and another ultrasound today. Looks like we're ready!!!! Yikes! I take my "trigger" shot tonight and then the retrieval is scheduled for Thursday! Wow!
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Sis-in-Laws garage sale was a great success!!! $1,050 in one day!! Woohoo!
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Got a call the otherday from a company who provides some of the required fertility meds for free if you qualify. I sent in my application this week and already heard back!!! We were approved to receive some of my meds for FREE!!!!!!! :) Once again have been able to lower our goal! Initially our goal was $17K, then we were able to reduce to $11.5K and now 9K!!! This is probably the last break we're going to get on the price so if you are able to help, please do! We are almost 1/3 of the way there!!!! Only a few weeks to go! EEK!
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Julie Papke-Smith
61 months ago

Hello Stacy I just read your site and know exactly what you are going through lost one tube and ovary to endo and we have done seven round of iui and now my other tube is closed after they reopened it in June so now our only option is ivf I hope you get your miracle baby and thanks for sharing

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Candice Gaines
71 months ago

Stacy, I feel your pain because I know exactly what you are going through. My husband and I are also going through fertility treatments right now. It is something that no one can understand unless they have been through it. I will keep you and David in my prayers daily that everything works out and you are finally blessed with this child you have been waiting for. My heart goes out to you, because I've been in your shoes. Please check out my blog on infertility or email me if you have any questions or just want someone to vent to :) Candice Gaines www.survivingourlife.com

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Raised by 34 people in 71 months
Created June 29, 2012
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$50
Bill and Vangie Holcomb
69 months ago

We hope you will be successful soon

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Anonymous
70 months ago
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$25
Anonymous
71 months ago
R
$60
RAW
71 months ago

There, I put you right at 5. :o) I love you both very much & I can't wait to meet my new cousin. xoxoxo

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$1,050
Garage Sale (Stacey)
71 months ago (Offline Donation)
$20
Anonymous
71 months ago
BL
$25
Beth Phillips Lagace
71 months ago

I know God has special plans for you! I'm praying every day for your desires!

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$500
Scott
71 months ago (Offline Donation)
CN
$20
Christina Navarro
71 months ago

Good luck!! A baby is truly a blessing from God.

$50
Anonymous
71 months ago
Julie Papke-Smith
61 months ago

Hello Stacy I just read your site and know exactly what you are going through lost one tube and ovary to endo and we have done seven round of iui and now my other tube is closed after they reopened it in June so now our only option is ivf I hope you get your miracle baby and thanks for sharing

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Candice Gaines
71 months ago

Stacy, I feel your pain because I know exactly what you are going through. My husband and I are also going through fertility treatments right now. It is something that no one can understand unless they have been through it. I will keep you and David in my prayers daily that everything works out and you are finally blessed with this child you have been waiting for. My heart goes out to you, because I've been in your shoes. Please check out my blog on infertility or email me if you have any questions or just want someone to vent to :) Candice Gaines www.survivingourlife.com

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