The Soriano's Journey through IVF

Stories are beautiful. 

Whether it's a love story or one of rags to riches, our stories are what bring us and blend us together. They are what unite us as human beings. They are our personal and unique imprints on - and in - this world.

Meet Ray and Ricciee (pronounced Rix-ee) Soriano.
This is their story.

Their trek through infertility is a challenging one, familiar to so many. 
It’s a story of highs and lows. 
And one of heartache and hope.

Their road to conception has been consumed with countless doctor visits and ultrasounds, blood tests, and fertility drugs that list just about as many side effects as the end credits of a movie. Battling infertility is not something couples should face alone—It truly takes a village. 

And their village is vast. To know Ray and Ricciee is to love them. They are an integral part of the villages of so many, including numerous children who affectionately refer to them as Godparents. They are fiercely loyal friends, passionately dedicated to their careers - Ricciee in hospital management and Ray in financial management - faithful in their ministry leadership roles and pastoral care duties, and somehow always present at the endless social events that fill their calendars. They each bring a warm, spirited energy into any room they enter but behind the smiles and the laughter lies a powerful story. A story that’s still being written. 

Ray and Ricciee have been together since 2010 and married at the close of 2012. And like many newlywed couples, they shared a desire to immediately start a family. It seemed that God had other plans for these two and in June 2015, Ricciee was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because their doctor knew of their plans to build a family, the couple was referred to a fertility specialist who recommended freezing embryos due to the chemotherapy treatment that lied ahead of Ricciee. The treatment for her breast cancer could affect the eggs - or quality of the eggs - so freezing would preserve the embryos until they were ready to be implanted. "This was a long and difficult process (that took place in October 2015)...very emotional,"  said Ricciee. 12 eggs were retrieved; however, only 8 were deemed "good" so when the doctor explained that only 1 egg looked hopeful, it was devastating news to sink in. Hope was restored the next day when 1 was multiplied to 4! FOUR frozen embryos and the hope of one day bringing home a son or a daughter of their very own. 

After 2.5 years of chemotherapy and other treatments, Ray and Ricciee were able to complete their first FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer) in June 2018. But, the pregnancy didn't stick and it resulted in a miscarriage. 

"For a long time, it was difficult to talk about. With IVF, you already fill yourself up with so many hormones and you're already feeling all these things and you have them magnified by all the injections. It was VERY difficult and something I wasn't ready to go through again for a very long time. So every time Ray and I would talk about it, it was just too hard. The conversations would end within minutes because either I would break down, or he would. If we weren't able to communicate our thoughts or what we wanted for the future, we determined it wasn't a good time. But now, with Covid and all of the craziness of this year - including the passing of Ray's dad in May - the topic emerged again."  - Ricciee

In August 2020, a talk between Ray and his best friend sparked the discussion. And for the first time, the couple was able to share a conversation that didn't result in a breakdown or a screaming match. They prayerfully and peacefully decided to begin another round of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).

Ray and Ricciee were incredibly hesitant to agree to a GoFundMe, but this round of IVF seems a bit different. There is a hope and a promise that the Lord is holding each of them square in the center of His hand. And with that assurance, an excitement has bloomed. An excitement to embrace this chapter of their story, with everything that it holds. 

Their decision to start this journey and to share it publicly takes a huge amount of courage. We are so proud of their bravery, their resilience and most of all their strength.

We ask and pray that you join our circle of love to support this incredible couple on their journey to become parents. We understand these are very trying times, but we still invite you to give anything you can—Give a donation, give a prayer, give a kind word, or even give a story of hope. Our hope is to lift some of their financial stress so they are able to focus fully on supporting one other and on the physical process of these next steps. 

You are now a part of their village.
And you are now a part of their story.

We appreciate everyone respecting their space and privacy during this journey and promise to share any updates and successes. 

God bless each and every one of you. Your support means more than you’ll ever know.

** Hear Ray and Ricciee talk more about their story, their fears, their hopes, and their gratitude for the amazing things God has done in this video from 2017. **

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