If you've known me more than a few minutes, you have either seen me giggle at babies in public, gush over future motherhood, or watched me cater to and coddle my friends in need of some maternal TLC. Until very recently, the potential of motherhood was a long term goal, which I didn't realize would not be a natural option. First, know that I am doing well. In May, some scary symptoms led me to the emergency room, followed by a procedure and a pathology report. In the tissues that were pulled from my womb were some rather cranky cells. Complex hyperplasia with atypia is a rare pre-cancerous cellular condition that increases the risk of endometrial cancer by 40-60%. Of patients curatively treated (via hysterectomy, which is the removal of the female reproductive organs) biopsies reveal cancer is already present in up to 60% of cases.
I have begun anti-cancer treatment hormone therapies to help prolong the inevitable and impending hysterectomy, but time is of the essence. And I have sought alternatives to getting pregnant. While getting pregnant right away is a medical option, it is not the one I would like to pursue. There are both social and emotional issues I find contradictory to this decision. It is important to me to have a reliable partner and be in a committed relationship before bringing a child into a somewhat complex situation. After consulting with my surgeon, I sought the expert advice of a fertility specialist. Egg harvesting and preservation is a new and growing method of fertility treatment that allows women with unexplained fertility issues, such as endometriosis, fibroids, cancer and pre-cancerous conditions to preserve their own DNA so that when the time is right, a surrogate can be sought and the fertility challenged mother can parent a child that shares her genes.
While my insurance coverage, doctors and health providers are all excellent, the coverage for in vitro and infertility are limited, and I do not qualify for any portion of the cost of the egg harvesting procedure to be covered. The up front, out of pocket cost is $10,000. This is where you help is welcomed.
I fully support adoption, and hold that as a close and dear to my heart option. However, I would adore the opportunity, even outside of my own womb, to be able to raise a child who shares my genes, and will cherish any child I am lucky enough to call my own or to have in my care.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for any contribution you feel compelled to make. If you would like more information regarding infertility, complex hyperplasia, or the laws/mandates governing infertility coverage please don't hesitate to contact me. God bless!
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