Erb IVF Fund

$6,128 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 13 months
My husband, Johnathan, and I were married on October 10, 2015. We knew we wanted to start a family right away, but after a full year of trying to conceive with no luck, we decided to seek medical advice. 

On December 6, 2016, I visited a doctor who suspected I may have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and performed an ultrasound. A suspicious "mass" was found on the ultrasound and an MRI was scheduled for later that month.

On the evening of December 7, 2016, the night after my initial ultrasound, I fainted at home and had some lower abdominal pain. I spent the night in the ER and hospital before they realized the next morning that the "mass" they saw in my ultrasound was an ectopic pregnancy. The pregnancy had ruptured my fallopian tube and I was bleeding heavily internally. I was taken by ambulance to Mayo in LaCrosse, WI for emergency surgery.

During surgery, they were unable to save my right fallopian tube that had ruptured and it was also discovered that I was born without my left fallopian tube. In the matter of time it took for my surgery, I went from being pregnant, to being infertile.  Shortly after surgery, we were told that our only option for conceiving a child of our own, was IVF. 

IVF is a very expensive medical procedure that requires a lot of time off work and a lot of money up front, as many insurance plans (including ours) do not provide any coverage for infertility-related services. We are hoping to raise funds to help pay for IVF and help out with some of the large bills from December. 

Any donation would help tremendously and would be so greatly appreciated. Our hearts are bursting with love and we are hoping that IVF and our little angel above will answer all of our prayers.
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IVF Round #1 (August 2017): Unsuccessful. After an extremely long process: egg retrieval in May 2017 to create our embryos, we couldn't do a transfer until August. We were heartbroken to find out that the transfer did not work and we would have to try again.

IVF Round #2 (March 2018): Happiness and heartbreak. Just before St. Patrick's Day, we received the best news of our lives. Our second transfer had worked and I was pregnant. Sadly, our happiness only lasted a short time, as we found out in early April that I had miscarried. Words cannot describe the sadness and heartbreak, but we will never give up. We are hoping to try another transfer later this year.
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Kirs Rickis
10 months ago
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Hi! I am unsure about your state but in mine, MA, Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance covers IVF! Not a % but all except for co-pays.. try looking into it! Goodluck!

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Lisa Jones Strout
29 days ago

Another help out there is the Kyle and Samantha Busch fund. They had to go through IVF she documented the whole process. Kyle is a NASCAR driver and together with his wife have started helping people with IVF needs. Check it out. Good luck and God bless you both. I hope with all my heart your dreams come true.

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$6,128 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 13 months
Created March 29, 2017
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Kirs Rickis
10 months ago
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Hi! I am unsure about your state but in mine, MA, Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance covers IVF! Not a % but all except for co-pays.. try looking into it! Goodluck!

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Lisa Jones Strout
29 days ago

Another help out there is the Kyle and Samantha Busch fund. They had to go through IVF she documented the whole process. Kyle is a NASCAR driver and together with his wife have started helping people with IVF needs. Check it out. Good luck and God bless you both. I hope with all my heart your dreams come true.

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