Since our wedding in October of 2016 Brandon and I have been trying to have a baby. Unfortunately things were not happening on our own and we decided it was time to seek medical advice. We went to see a fertility doctor and through many tests over several months I was finally diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I will not go through all the specifics but in a nutshell it makes a successfull pregnancy with no assistance nearly impossible. But our doctors assured us that not all hope was lost.
After my diagnosis the doctors determined that the best course of action was for me to begin taking hormones that would allow my ovaries to work correctly and then once the moment was right I would have an IUI procedure that would hopefully result in a pregnancy. I was excited to hear that this would be a great option and while still very pricey would not completely break the bank like an IVF procedure would. Little did I know it would not be so easy...
Today I found out that our third procedure was unsuccessful. I am crushed. It is a hard fact to accept when I have done everything in my power to make this happen. I have lost weight, I am no longer pre-diabetic, and I have endured all the side affects of the required medications. That being said, I refuse to give up hope. I feel so deeply in my heart that I am fated to be a Mother some day and I am determined to keep the faith.
This leads me into what this page is all about. IVF is expensive. And when I say expensive I don't mean like when your car breaks down and you get the bill and think "Crap this going to take me months to pay off". I have not receieved the final amount but the ballpark estimate is $20,000. Insurance does not cover it.
I hate that I am doing this. I hate that I am sharing my story and reaching out for help. It is not like me. I take great pride in being a successful and independant woman. But I can no longer deny that I need help. I have applied for a loan with a fertility company and with my excellent credit I have no doubt I will be approved but we still have the expense of the last year of medical bills and failed procedures hanging over our heads the we are trying our best to get paid before we add more to it.
So in conclusion I humbly ask for your help. If you can give even a little and even more important shower us with prayers and thoughts Brandon and I would be eternally grateful. In addition, any money that is raised that we do not specifically need for our medical bills will be donated directly to another family that is struggling with infertility. I know how hard this is and I hope that I can also help others in need. Thank you so much!
Brandon and Amanda
P.S. If you have any questions about what my procedures will entail or you just want more information please feel free to contact me.
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