A Holiday Miracle for Jamie
$1,240 raised
19% of $6.5k goal
9 contributors
5 Years running
Jamie Connors and her husband, Terence, have been trying to start a family for 16 years. For the past 3 1/2 years, she has been receiving fertility treatments. Jamie needed $6500 by December 1st 2012 to be able to have an IVF treatment. The opportunity came up suddenly and unexpectedly. It also comes with a higher fee due much, much sooner than they ever thought.
Jamie is a homemaker; she has chronic depression, social anxiety disorder, and social phobias that basically make it impossible for her to hold a job. I (Terence) joined the US Army in 2006, and currently work as a Geospatial Engineer for the 5th Engineer Detachment (Geospatial Planning Cell) in Honolulu, Hawaii. While we do ok financially, I'm still paying off 2 student loans.
The past 3 1/2 years, Jamie has been receiving various fertility treatments. The first round of treatments, using Clomid, was a complete wash. We then changed duty stations. It was summer 2011 before the Tripler Army Medical Center admitted Jamie into their fertility treatment program. After months of tests and 3 cycles of Follistim, Jamie had a pregnancy test come back positive December 20, 2011. We were both incredibly happy.
In February, I returned from an exercise in Japan just in time to go with Jamie to her 10-week ultrasound appointment. The doctor told us it looked like the baby had stopped developing at about 7 weeks; about 1 week after I left for Japan. We were crushed.
Since then, we have had no further success with the Follistim drug treatment. Jamie has been putting off receiving treatment for her other medical issues due to her trying to get pregnant. We were aware there was a slim chance she would be admitted to the January 2013 in-vitro fertilization cycle, but had resigned ourselves to having to wait. I am about to be re-assigned to Fort Lewis in Washington. Tripler only does 4 IVF cycles each year, so we will be leaving Hawaii before the next one comes up. Fort Lewis' Madigan Army Medical Center also has a fertility program, but Jamie will end up back at the bottom of the list when we get there. It will easily be at least 18 months before she gets another chance at IVF. Jamie is 36 years old, I am 38. We are running out of time.
We just found out on November 13th, 2012, that her slot had come up for IVF. This means dozens of women ahead of her declined. It's a miracle she even made the list for this cycle. She was also informed of recent changes to Tripler policy which meant we had to have the $6500 fee a month before the treatment even starts. We're not complaining about the fee; IVF for civilians starts at about $10,000 for 1 cycle and goes up from there rapidly. The fee is due December 1st, 2012.
I have managed to get a personal loan. Between that and the awe-inspiring generosity of the people who donated, Jamie will be participating in this IVF cycle. It would not have happened without the support of our family and friends, new and old.
We are desperately praying that the IVF cycle works. There is nothing in this world Jamie and I want more than to provide a good, loving home to a baby. If anyone is still willing to help, thank you from the depths of our hearts. Every dollar donated would go toward the personal loan. This would help to further reduce Jamie's stress, increasing the odds the IVF will succeed. It would also make our upcoming change of duty move just a little easier
I've set up a Facebook page were I will be posting updates and answering questions. Please come and check it out.
Thank you.
Jamie & Terence Connors
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