Hi, my name is Sarah & my partner is called Daniel. We have been together ten and a half years and are engaged to get married on July 22nd this year. Daniel and I have tried to have kids together naturally, since we became a couple, as we both really wanted children together. Six years passed and we were still struggling to conceive, when went to the doctors who referred us to the gynaecologist, who ran tests on us both to get to the root of the problem. We found out it was an issue with my partner that meant we required a type of fertility treatment known as ICSI. This would maximise our chances to become pregnant, as without treatment we had an extremely low chance of becoming parents.
So, after some wallowing from fears we may never have a child together we decided to fight for the chance and go for the extremely blessed chance of having a round of ICSI treatment funded by the NHS. We were told we had 2 or 3 chances at this, depending on the circumstances of it not being successful the first time. It was a very intense, scary, hopeful time for us to put all our hopes and prayers into this working out, not knowing if it would be successful or not. However, we were blessed to be informed that a “Grade AA blastocyst" had been formed! This news was so exciting, which meant it was a very healthy blastocyst (the stage before it becomes an embryo before it’s placed back into the womb). Once it had been placed back into the womb, just minutes after we got to see our beautiful egg full of cells that’s full of our DNA to create our beautiful child, I was told to treat myself as pregnant and avoid certain things. We then had a 2 week wait to see if the blastocyst developed and become an embryo, which then established if I was officially pregnant or not.
The two week wait was torture! I had soreness, sickness and stomach cramps, all of which indicated that I was going to come on a period and I had not been successful in becoming pregnant, however I went for a blood test in the morning, I told the nurse of the symptoms I’d been having, cried in fear and sadness thinking it had not worked and then in the afternoon we received a call to tell us of the results, and I was pregnant!! I cried and shouted with pure joy down the phone to the nurse! Thanking her over and over again with such appreciation of what they had done for us. After 6 weeks we got to hear the most beautiful sound of our baby’s heartbeat! It truly was a blessing and a miracle to us, the rest of the pregnancy went like a breeze and we found out we were having a beautiful healthy little boy, whom we named Orion, after the constellation (our little star boy). Born during the Orionid Meteor Shower in October 2016.
Now Orion is 2 and a half years old, we are praying for another chance at the ICSI treatment to be able to give him a sibling to share childhood and life with. We will forever be grateful and blessed for the one we do have, but we simply would love to have one more chance of having another child to give just as much love to. Orion would also experience the love and joy in life of having a sibling too. We have been given a quote of £6000 having the same procedure with the same hospital, which includes scan, medications, tests, egg collection and transfer, then if that doesn’t work (which we are praying it does) but if it doesn’t, any left over eggs they get from me can be used to try again with which would be a further £1,500, but we aren’t at that stage yet. At the moment, we are pinning all our hopes on it working the first time and hopefully getting lucky again.
So as it’s a lot of money to get together, we have kindly asked if anyone who is considering getting us a wedding gift, would please save that money, whether it just be a pound or two and put it towards our treatment fund instead but also not to feel obligated to get us anything as their company still means so much to us to share our special day with. Also we are setting up this “Go fund me” page for anyone who may wish to help us succeed at achieving this dream of conceiving a sibling for our little boy. After our wedding, our mission will be to do as much as we can to get to this dream. If anyone could help with either donating or even sharing so that others who may wish to help can do so, then Daniel, Orion and I would be so massively appreciative of you doing this for us.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this and God bless you all. Love from Sarah, Daniel & our little ICSI miracle Orion XxXxX