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Egg Donation

Bry and I spent a great deal of time thinking about and thoroughly discussing what it meant for me to donate my eggs to another couple. It certainly has both it's benefits and it's drawbacks. The negatives include the fact that someday out there somewhere could be a child with my genetics. They might look like me and talk like me. Would they love to paint? Would they spend their childhood on horseback the way I did? Another possibility that I had to face was what if I do this and I don't get pregnant. Would I always wonder if the receiving couple have "my" child? How would this leave me? A further problem was that if my body doesn't produce enough eggs, the recipients get all of the eggs from that cycle and I would have to wait through another cycle of injections and appointments.

Fortunately the positives outweighed (heavily) the negatives. We were honest with ourselves that the financial help would make a huge difference. Instead of somewhere between 8 - 10k we would spend more like 3 grand. The recipients would pay for the injections, the retrieval procedure and the anesthesia. We would then be responsible for the cost of ICSI, the insemination and the transfer procedure. The reason that we decided to do egg donation in the end was this amazing opportunity we were given. The past two years have brought so much sorry and pain and very little joy. We now have the opportunity to make something beautiful and amazing come from the experience. Not only will we have a chance at having a baby, but we can give another couple, who has lived with the pain and heartache that we have, the most unbelievable gift I can ever imagine. We can give someone else the gift of life. Is there anything more amazing that one person can do for another.

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Over 8 years we have struggled through 3 IUI's, 6 rounds of IVF, several RE's, hundreds of appointments and the loss of three little angels. Now we find ourselves the proud parents of two perfect little girls and a wonderful little boy!!

Both of our girls struggle with some disabilities but that won't keep us down. Each day has it's own brand of insanity but we love it. Most days I am more monkey wrangler than mother but I do the best I can. Todays goal - getting to tomorrow.

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