The biggest act of kindness...

Hey, I'm Nat...

I'm not used to writing about myself so please bear with me...

I'm 27 and work full time in an office and recently married my soul mate Shane last September! As most people know the next question is "Babies next!?!" (usually something I would have had no problem answering a few years ago!) but now...I dread the question and have to dodge it.

A little something I need to tell you first (which I'll come back to later)

I was diagnosed with MVP (mitral valve prolapse) which basically means my left valve in my heart doesn't work properly causing more strain on my heart. But this isn't what "this" is about..

I remember waking up from an operation having undergone surgery on a cyst which was causing me excruciating pain for months. Instead of hearing the "all clear" I woke up to be told I had endometriosis and the surgeons had taken one of my working ovaries.
 Endometriosis is a disease which causes tissue (that usually grows inside the uterus) to grow outside causing chronic pelvic pain and also (in my case) infertility.

Having just bought our first home and due to get married in a few months, all I wanted was to start my own little family - what every girl wants - and now I was being told the chances of me having a baby were, as the doctors put it..."Slim to none"

The NHS usually give you a few attempts at IVF but because we live in Ipswich - we got 2, they both failed and left me - and my husband, devastated.

Suddenly I didn't want to look at babies, I didn't want to know about my friends pregnancies and if I'm totally honest I felt like I'd let my husband down. He of course has been amazing and if anything, it has made our relationship even stronger. But still we both know there is something missing and we don't want to give up hope.

We can have another course of IVF...but at a cost of £9,400. I know....tell me about it. Even with both myself and my husband working full time this is a sum that we cannot reach without it taking years and because of my MVP (what I mentioned earlier) the doctors won't allow me to have IVF treatment if my heart worsens.

I've never been one to ask for anything (ask anyone who knows me) and if I'm totally honest doing this feels wrong (asking people for money!) but if it means me having another try at having a baby I'm prepared to put my feelings on the line for it. I also hope I can help others who have the same disease and also educate those that don't.

The money will pay towards me having the treatment and "I hope" will give me the chance to have a baby of our own. I plan to keep everyone updated who donates and can't even begin to tell you how much it would mean to have you donate - even just a pound.

If you can't donate - please share this page for me - I hope I've at least educated someone on what endometriosis is and what it does.

Thank you for reading  - Nat x x


Nat Lees

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