Words of Drea Harrison.....
It was easy to fall in love with Robby because we had so much in common. We are both close to our families, we love Jesus and have an interest in photography. (His beautiful eyes and huge smile didn’t hurt either!) When we were dating we would dream together about getting married and having children of our own. He’d melt me into a puddle when he’d say, “if I’m blessed to have kids…” I loved that he saw having children as a blessing but I also dismissed the “IF” because I’d been ready to have babies since I was 4 and I’d been waiting over 20 years for him because my Mama told me that my babies would need a good Daddy. I stole his last name on May 26, 2012 and we planned to enjoy being newlyweds for a year after our wedding and then get busy building our family!
During a visit to the OBGYN 8 months later, my doctor found a 16cm mass in my abdomen. At the time, we didn’t know if it was cancerous or not but were told that removing the mass would involve taking one of my ovaries. Due to the size of the mass, they couldn’t tell the status of the second ovary, but we were assured there was nothing to be worried about, that women conceive easily with just one ovary all the time. So, on January 17th, 2013 he kissed me on my way into surgery, with hope and confidence that our plan was still in place.
After 3 hours of surgery, the doctor told my husband and our families that I was doing well in recovery but there were some unexpected complications - after removing the mass, he discovered that my second ovary was destroyed by 4 cysts and there was no remaining ovarian tissue. I remember being told I needed to rest every time I’d wake up but the only thing I wanted, NEEDED, to know was the status of my second ovary. After what seemed like an eternity, my husband and our families surrounded my hospital bed and gave me the hardest news imaginable and Rob ended with “this is our journey and we will figure this out together.”
Rob and I desperately want the chance to be parents to a little miracle. To do this we have two options; invitro fertilization (IVF) with donor eggs and adoption (which has been on our hearts to do after we had a child of our own since before we got married, one way we can clearly see that God was preparing our hearts for this journey from the beginning.) After five years of tearful conversations and prayer, we have peace in our hearts to step out in faith and attempt IVF. As exciting as it is to start this process it’s also very scary. Currently the state of Tennessee does not require insurance companies to cover the cost of IVF, therefore we are looking at spending around $34,000 to cover the entire process.
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