Our road from FAP to IVF

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Todd has been fighting a battle all of his life. After undergoing over 15 surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation by the time he was 16 years old he was thankful to be done with his battle they thought! He had multiple surgeries to remove desmoid tumors from his back which they were then told was from aggressive fibromatosis. Thinking that everything was over with he moved on with his life and never went back to the doctor again! Todd and Cindy met 8 years ago when she was a freshman and he was a senior in high school. They became best friends who always had a thing for each other. June of 2009 they finally began dating and they both knew that was it for them! January of 2011 Todd went to the doctor after seeing family over the holidays and everyone saying he looked pale and yellow. Todd was admitted to the hospital and after many tests he was referred to MD Anderson Cancer Center for a genetic disease called Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). At the age of 21 Todd had developed stage 3 colon cancer and would undergo another surgery and chemotherapy. 2 years later Todd had to begin chemotherapy treatments again for desmoid tumors, a much stronger chemo that would lead to infertility. During his chemo Todd proposed to Cindy after 4 years of dating and became husband and wife in March 2014. They knew the chances of having a child naturally were slim but after seeing a fertility specialist they realized they would have to conceive through IVF. IVF costs 13-14,000 per treatment but with Todd's genetic disease it is in their best interest to have the gene mutation taken out in the process which would make IVF cost 18-20,000. This was a lot to take in since they already have thousands in medical bills from his surgeries, chemo and numerous doctor visits. While Todd and Cindy continue to fight his battle with FAP they both look forward to having one normal thing in their lives, a family. Please help spread the word or donate as little or as much as you would like to help with the added costs they are now facing!

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Since our first appointment with Dr. Vandermolen on September 6 we have done all different kinds of tests to confirm what all the doctors had told us in the past (5 to be exact including the fertility specialist) so we would know more about our fertility journey. The GREAT news is that the doctors were wrong on Todd's part and the chemo did not make him completely sterile! This is great for us because we will now be able to try IUI first instead of jumping straight into IVF, also giving us more chances since we have more than just the little he had frozen after his surgery in 2011! The bad news is I was diagnosed with endometriosis and advanced ovarian aging. The plan is to have the surgery done for endometriosis and my OB will keep an extra close eye on me during pregnancy to try to prevent miscarriage and other problems that come at the end of pregnancy! We are so thankful to even have a chance to try IUI! The success rates aren't as high but we are praying it will work for us. We are in good hands with our fertility dr and my amazing OB that we are confident we will be blessed with a healthy baby one day! Thank you all so much for the prayers! Keep them coming! :) - Cindy
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Marion Sims
51 months ago

I'm challenging Shreveport Dixie alumni parents and grandparents to give what you can. Todd is one of our own.

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Alicia Fyke
51 months ago

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Anonymous
50 months ago
SD
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Sarah Dunn
50 months ago

We are praying things will continue to go well for y'all :)

KH
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Kellie Henley
50 months ago

Cindy and Todd I am so very excited for you both and hope to god everything goes as planned. I'm always here for ya Cindy as I know you will be for me when it's our turn! Love you !!!

KC
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Kayla Cooper
50 months ago

Praying for yall!

SY
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Sydney Young
51 months ago

I hope all goes well! Keep us updated on FaceBook. Love you Cindy! (:

BM
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Blaise & Jessi Meyers
51 months ago

Praying for you two! May God bless you with a precious family.

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Anonymous
51 months ago
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51 months ago
SL
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Shari L.
51 months ago

My husband and I have gone through IVF so we understand the cost & emotion involved. Sending you many prayers on this journey.

Marion Sims
51 months ago

I'm challenging Shreveport Dixie alumni parents and grandparents to give what you can. Todd is one of our own.

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Alicia Fyke
51 months ago

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