My husband and I met in Puerto Rico, where I was an exchange student during college. We fell in love, he moved here and we got married. We are dog people and have a 14-year-old chocolate lab and a 4-year-old weimaraner.
We desperately want to have a child and expand our little family.
For seven and a half years now, we have been battling infertility. It’s been emotionally, physically and financially daunting. We have done three intrauterine inseminations, had two surgeries and have done six IVF cycles on my own. Unfortunately, even though IVF helped me get pregnant, I miscarried every time. I ended up losing five babies in all.
In the end, our doctors think that I have a complex reproductive immunological issue that can’t be solved with modern medicine.
So, after the devastation of so much loss, we started pursuing both adoption and gestational surrogacy.
In August 2012, God opened a door for us when a young woman found us through this website and offered to be our surrogate. After months of preparation, we went through IVF #7 with her in March 2013 and she became pregnant with twins. Our babies were born on October 18, 2013 — Ellis Nicole and Cole William. We feel blessed beyond compare and so grateful for our two babies after all this time.
I am a passionate advocate for infertility and repeat pregnancy loss. I volunteer for RESOLVE, the national infertility association, and was a finalist for their HOPE award for best blog for the past two years. I was also honored as an “infertility hero” by RESOLVE in October 2012.
I served as the vice co-chair for RESOLVE’s Infertility Advocacy Day in 2013 and will be co-chairing the event for 2014.