Our Journey to parenthood.
We are Josh and Cherie MacLean, and here is our story...well so far.
We met at work in 2000 and, after being friends for a few months, we started dating. Josh was kind, loving, intelligent, thoughtful, and my best friend. We dated for two years, then got married. We decided to start a family which was not as easy for us as it is for most. We went to a doctor after a year of trying and he said everything is fine just keep trying... After a while we went to another doctor, then another, and yet another they couldn't figure out what was wrong.
We recently found the cause of our difficulties in getting pregnant. Our journey has been long. We have been to 9 doctors in about the same number of years, and endured endless drugs and treatments. We finally found out our inability to conceive is a result of a car accident I had when I was 18 years old. The resulting surgeries, and internal bleeding left adhesions on my tubes. So to have a baby we have to do Invitro. It is good to finally know what has caused all this. When they told me, it was really hard to hear that something that happened so long ago, that took a long time to recover from, had been causing all this sorrow and heartache. I do feel blessed every day to be alive!!!
But, now we have to come up with the money. We have gone through many thousands of dollars to get to this point. Our savings has been exhausted. So, we are with a nervous, but optimistic heart, seeking out help from our loved ones and caring strangers. We hope this charity site will help us to start our family.
Invitro is about $ 14,000 and our clinic offers a discounted plan that if you pay for three rounds up front, then you get a discount. So it comes out to about $28,000, that includes three treatments. If you don’t end up with a baby after three treatments you get 70% of your money back, and we would then use that to adopt.
We put our goal at $14,000 because that would give us at least one chance but we would love to be able to make it to the ultimate goal of $28,000 so we would have three tries and if it didn’t work we would have the money to adopt.
We would appreciate it if you would send it out to as many people as you can, to see if you can help make our dreams of having a family come true. This has been one of the hardest things we have had to go through. We know many others have trials that are hard and seem never ending. This has been ours. It has been a hard decision to put our private struggle out on display, but we need your help.
We want to thank our family and friends who have been supportive through the tears and heartache. Who have been our cheerleaders when we couldn't be our own. Who have brought baskets of love to our doors and spent hours upon hours listening to, and loving us. We cannot say how much it has meant to us to have such wonderful people in our lives we are truly blessed to be so loved by so many.
Invitro or Bust... After 9 Years
Josh & Cherie MacLean