Pretty surreal to me that as I lay here on bed rest after transferring our final embryo today at CCRM, I am announcing something that has been on my heart for the past 4 years….
It was nearing the end of 2010, and we had just failed our 4th IUI Cycle. The Drs were now strongly recommending moving on to IVF, and we agreed. I was certain that if I we moved on to IVF we would have a baby in our arms by the end of 2011.
I remember our 1st IVF training class in March 2011. As I sat in the class, another couple was explaining how this was their one and only try. It was all they could afford because their insurance paid zero. I couldn’t believe that if this cycle failed them, they had no other options. Our insurance didn’t cover any of these “elective” procedures either, so I felt their pain. Foolishly, I believed this first try would work, and we wouldn’t have to worry about it. I remember thinking that day as soon as we made it through this; I was going to make it my mission to help those with no coverage. Little did I know our road to “making it through” was going to be MUCH longer than anticipated.
After 4 IVF procedures, we finally found success with the birth of our twins. Even with the chaos of sleep deprived new parenthood, the dream of the foundation lingered in the back of my mind. I wanted so badly to give back, but when 1 in 7 couples fights infertility, I just felt completely overwhelmed. The task was completely daunting. How could I possibly help everyone? Helping only 1 seemed almost futile.
I’ll never forget how it all changed… While in class at our beloved gym Re:Move our trainer Alex was having “story time” and he told the story of the Starfish. I remember tears forming in my eyes because the message was so personal. Here I was wondering how to help everyone, when any ONE I could do something for would literally be life changing. Everything I knew about life, love, happiness, fulfillment had been compounded by my 2 precious miracles. What if I had been that ONE that someone had helped?
I knew then that I had to move forward with the foundation!
Last month, STARFISH INFERTILITY FOUNDATION was formed. I can honestly say that aside from my marriage and children, there is nothing I am more proud of. The thought of being able to bring the happiness I have found through my children to even ONE couple who may not be able to afford it is overwhelming, in the best way possible.
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Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who have supported us in our journey over the years. Our struggles with infertility were some of the hardest years, but they also changed me, and showed me what I was meant to do with my life.
If YOU would like to share your story, PLEASE send to: firstname.lastname@example.org You don’t have to use your real name, or include photos, but you’re more than welcome to!
**A very special Thank you to Kim Kennedy for the amazing Starfish logo design!!