Many of you already know of Jonathan and Sarah's situation. The point of this campaign is to have a place set up where people can donate to a specific need if they feel that the Lord is leading them to do so. We have Jonathan and Sarah's blessing to share their story, so if you are interested...please read on:
Many people are already aware of Sarah's life-long struggle with auto-immune disorders and the surgeries, and numerous doctor visits that this has required. Probably lesser known is the struggle with infertility.
In 2018, after a couple unsuccessful years of trying to have children, Sarah's doctor wanted her to undergo an exploratory surgery to check on her reproductive organs for endometriosis (a painful medical condition in which tissue that normally lines the inside of a woman's uterus is growing on the outside).
That surgery was done late last year and turned up a number of issues, including ovarian cysts, a tilted uterus, and a collapsed cervix. The more minor issues were mostly able to be fixed during the surgery. However, the surgeons also found a disease called adenomyosis.
Adenomyosis is like endometriosis in several ways and is very painful. This is the source of much of Sarah's chronic pelvic pain. Worse, the disease disfigures the uterus and progressively gets more painful until it finally reaches a point where the pain would require surgery.
There is a cure, but that involves removing the uterus (a fairly safe procedure, but one which also removes the possibility of having children). Another temporary fix for adenomyosis is pregnancy. It's like hitting the "pause" button on the disease. Andenomyosis cannot grow while a woman is pregnant. This is a hard, scary thing for Jonathan and Sarah because it limits the window of time for them to conceive and carry children to only as slow or fast as the disease progresses to that "unbearable state."
Over the last three years they have miscarried 6 times at various stages. Sarah has had difficulty staying pregnant for any long period of time, and she will typically miscarry early on in a pregnancy. They have exhausted the knowledge of their OB and holistic family doctors, their endocrinologists, and other specialty doctors which they have seen, many whom have tried various things with little to no success.
Through a lot of prayer and searching for the right person, they found a doctor in Syracuse, New York who is a specialty reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist. He is highly sought after, and getting a first appointment usually involves scheduling with his office well over a year in advance. Jonathan and Sarah called and set up an appointment nearly nine months ago, and are planning on flying out to their initial consultation in July 2019.
As you may imagine, they already have significant medical expenses which constrain their ability to afford new expenses in the future. And for this particular need, insurance does not cover the cost of fertility treatments and medication. They have arranged to have all of the tests, scans, and blood work be done by local doctors in Texas, with only the diagnosis part being done in New York, so out-of-state travel should be kept to a minimum. However, the medication alone can sometimes range in the thousands of dollars for a one month's supply. And that's not including travel expenses for this initial visit.
This is a huge burden for a young couple to shoulder, but they are moving forward in faith, knowing that their desire for children is a very good thing, and that the Lord can, and will, provide the means to go forward if that is His Sovereign will.
If you feel the Lord leading you to help them in this need (please don't feel pressured - J & S wouldn't want that at all!) we know that they would be incredibly grateful for the assistance. But either way, we know that they would be tremendously grateful for your prayers to our God and your words of encouragement.
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much!
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J & S with cousins' toddlers (above and below)
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