In just 14 short days, we were able to reach our goal!! Kyle and I are blown away by the amount of support we have received. This fundraiser has exceeded our expectations from day 1! When we decided to do this fundraiser, Kyle and I were both a little hesitant because we weren’t sure how people would react. We never want to be a burden on anyone and always try to do our best to please people…especially now that we are owners of a crossfit gym! We want our friends/members to feel comfortable and a part of our Crossfit Annihilation family so take our relationships very seriously. This fundrasier shows just how special our friends and family members are! We would have never made this happen without each and everyone of the individuals who donated. Kyle and I are so excited and wish we could show how much we appreciate these sweet and generous donations. We look forward to sharing the next step in this journey with everyone. Thank you again to everyone who donated, shared, liked, prayed, posted, and sent well wishes! We are so grateful!!
I would like to start out by apologizing for my writing skills…or lack thereof. I am not a writer; heck, I can barely speak right. I am starting this blog to not only document our journey through infertility, but to also allow others to get a better idea of our story and who we are. My husband, Kyle, and I just recently started a fundraiser in hopes of fulfilling our dreams of becoming parents. We are wanting to take the next step and proceed with Invitro Fertilization (IVF). “In vitro fertilisation is a process by which an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body: in vitro. IVF is a major treatment for infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed.” A friend of mine suggested I start this so people can understand what we’ve been through and why this is so important to us. So here I am…
I guess I will start in 2009 because that was the year that changed our lives. In March of 2009, Kyle joined the United States Marine Corps. He graduated bootcamp in June of 2009 and we got married that same month. Over the next few months Kyle was doing training in Missouri and California, and I was finishing my last semester at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Kyle got his orders and was stationed in Oceanside, CA at Camp Pendleton. We both were so excited because California was our first choice! He moved to Oceanside in October and helped me moved there that December. Shortly after we got settled in the place we would call home for the next 4 years, Kyle got orders to deploy to Afghanistan. April 1, 2010 was the day I had to say goodbye to my new husband. I was alone in a new state and my husband was being taken away from me. I had made a couple of friends, but still had a very hard time being away from him. The deployment was probably the worst thing I’ve ever experienced; and I’m sure Kyle would say the same. During his time in Asfghanistan, Kyle’s vehicle hit an underground bomb (IED) which threw him out of the vehicle; knocking him unconscious. Luckily that was the only major accident he experienced while being over there. Unfortunately he suffered a concussion and a traumatic brain injury and is, to this day, effected by this injury. On October 24, 2010 I got to hug my husband again. He was perfect. Life was perfect.
Shortly after Kyle returned home, we settled into our new routine and then decided it was time to start a family. We had always talked about having a family together, even before we were married. I remember after only months of dating telling Kyle I wanted 6 kids! He, at the time, wanted 1 or 2. We eventually came to an agreement and settled on 3 (or 4). A year went by, (the doctor would not see me for infertility until we had been trying for 1 year) so I went to see a fertility specialist. After a few months of tests and bloodwork, I was finally put on Clomid to help me ovulate regularly. The prescription drug was working, but we were still not achieving pregnancy after 6 months. I was then referred to another fertility specialist in San Diego who performed more tests and bloodwork. This new doctor suggested we try Intrauterine Insemination. “Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves a laboratory procedure to separate fast moving sperm from more sluggish or non-moving sperm. The fast moving sperm are then placed into the woman’s womb close to the time of ovulation when the egg is released from the ovary in the middle of the monthly cycle.” We had 4 failed attempts at achieving pregnancy through IUI. By this time, Kyle’s 4 years were up and we were headed back to Katy,TX. This was an exciting time because we were so ready to be home with our families. We moved back in December of 2012 and by January 2013, I was seeing a new specialist. This specialist did not do treatments such as IUI or IVF, but she did have a certain type of charting method that I found to be very informative. By charting, this doctor was able to recognize signs of endometriosis. ” Endometriosis is a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas of the body. This can lead to pain, irregular bleeding, and problems getting pregnant (infertility).”
March 1, 2013 I went through surgery to remove the endometriosis and on March 2, 2013 we had our grand opening for Crossfit Annihilation. Opening our own Crossfit gym was something that Kyle had dreamed of for years and we were so happy that it finally came true. Our main focus was getting the gym up and running, but we still felt incomplete. We were told that I had one blocked tube but that we could still get pregnant naturally. We tried for 7 months and then I decided to go ahead and find a doctor who will do IVF. A friend of mine referred me to this doctor who gave me the green light for IVF…but he wanted to tie my blocked tube first. 4 days before my 26th birthday I underwent another surgery in hopes of “fixing” the last issue causing my infertility. At my post-op appointment I was given the dates that we could start meds for IVF! I was looking at the calendar and January 10th was going to be my trasnfer date…that date could have been the very day we conceived. THRILLED would be an understatement of how I felt. I was over the moon! Weeks went by and bills started coming in. These statements show that I have met my lifetime maximum of fertility benefits covered by my insurance. SUPER. Once we saw these outrageous bills, we put our IVF schedule on hold (hardest thing I’ve had to do in awhile) and are hoping to raise/save enough money to go towards these bills and our IVF process.
I hope this gives people some background to our story and maybe answers some questions. I look forward to documenting the rest of our story!