Hi, my name is Cerys, and I'm raising funds for myself and my partner Adam, to put towards our IVF and surrogacy journey.
Being a mother was something I dreamed of more than anything else since I was a child. Unfortunately my world was shattered when I was 16 years old and was given a diagnosis of MRKH. This diagnosis is where I have an absent uterus, and would never be able to bear a child of my own. Following this prognosis and lots of previous health conditions, this topped it off for me and I really struggled emotionally and physically. I was always informed that I'd be required to use IVF and a surrogate in order to have my own children.
After an ovarian cyst scare in April 2022, I came to the conclusion to try and freeze my eggs. I felt that since I am 23 now, it was the ideal opportunity to freeze them. This would give me till I was 33 to locate a surrogate and use them.
In June 2022, with the help of my partner, I made enquiries at a nearby reproductive clinic and began the embryo freezing procedure. However, I discovered after some tests that my egg levels were very low for my age and the equivalent to a woman who was going through menopause. This indicated that retrieving my eggs wasn't going to be simple, and I was going to be required to undergo numerous cycles of IVF to get at least one healthy embryo.
I have suffered a lot over the years, but recently I have found it particularly difficult to cope. All of this news has been a tremendous shock to the system. I've carried a lot of stress, guilt, and anxiety with me about a variety of issues, namely whether or not this will work out, whether or not I'll have a child of my own, and how I'll finance all of this.
I am only entitled for one complimentary IVF cycle through my local NHS. The minimum cost of the therapies for the entire procedure, including surrogacy, is £15,513.60. Considering time is not in our favour and the possible loss of my eggs, this will be extremely difficult for us to finance solely on our own. We would love to be able to freeze our embryos within the next six months.
For me, this process consists of two steps. The first is completing my IVF cycles and freezing our embryos. When we are equipped to settle down, the second step will follow in the ensuing years. This will be the funding of a surrogate and an embryo transfer.
For this reason, we are seeking your help in generating the necessary funds to support our treatment. Whatever funds we raise will go towards using an egg donor if this doesn't work out for us and we are unable to use my eggs.
Thank you for taking the time reading this and I sincerely hope you will join us on our journey!❤️
UPDATE as of 26.08.2022: As of a recent appointment I have now been diagnosed with Diminshed Ovarian Reserve and Early Menopause. This news is devastating and we have been told by a doctor the best option is to have an egg donor. Myself and Adam have decided to try our first complimentary round of IVF to see if there is any success. If not we will put all the funds towards an egg donor when we're ready to use one in the future. Thank you again for reading and supporting us❤️