When Jen and Jamie got engaged, they knew they wanted to start a family right after the wedding! Months turned into a year and then the years went by without a single positive pregnancy test, although many were taken.
7 and a half years of trying to conceive, 9 unsuccessful IUI treatments in Saskatoon, thousands of dollars already spent (travel expenses, a surgery, IUI treatments), countless doses of medication and injections, a million tears and 2 broken hearts. And now for the next hurdle... $14,000 for IVF treatment; which will take years for them to save up on their own.
I’ve known Jen since the first day of grade 9 where we had an instant connection. That’s just how Jen works. She has this special way of making everyone she comes in contact with feel so special. For years I’ve witnessed Jen love and support every one of her friends when they’ve announced their pregnancies and the births of their babies. I’ve also witnessed her heartache when she would share how genuinely happy she was to hear about her friends, but also so terribly sad that the baby she longed to have was not yet on its way.
When I approached Jen about setting up a GoFundMe page, it was because I had been asked by a mutual friend if Jen and Jamie had planned on doing IVF. She wanted to know if they could donate to help them pay for the extremely expensive procedure. It turns out that a few people had been asking the same question. Jen was extremely hesitant about letting me do this, but after another failed IUI and the news of how expensive IVF was going to be, she finally gave in and let me start this GoFundMe page.
When I asked Jen what was something she wanted mentioned, her eyes filled with tears and she immediately said, “Jamie. Everybody has been focusing on me and how they think I’d make a great mom but I want people to know how amazing Jamie will be as a dad.”
Jamie is the solid rock in their marriage. I watched Jamie love and support the whole Henderson family when they lost Jen’s beloved dad, Gregg, 3 years ago. That stoic exterior just melts, though, when you see him with his special pups.
Like most, Jen and Jamie long to have a baby and grow their family. They are completely heartbroken at this unexplained infertility but the specialists say they are a great candidate for IVF so they remain hopeful. The $14,000 is JUST for the IVF procedure and it seems so out of reach, but I know we can help Jen and Jamie *literally* make their dream come true; one donation at a time.
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