As my preliminary testing is over and Pat is just finishing up with his sperm analysis, we were informed my employer does not cover any IVF treatments. We were very disheartened. I couldn't even think about it. I was down for a long time. I could not believe I not only had to think of the possibility of the physical side of getting pregnant, but the financial side to getting pregnant as well!!! It was such a bad day when we found out. I couldnt stop crying about it for days, even weeks. I felt like I got punched in the stomach. Pat tried everything to make me feel better, but nothing was working. I had no idea where to start with this new idea.
After a few days, I was determined to find something out there in this world that could maybe help us...I looked at cancer survivor websites and medical loan companies. I could not believe the cost of infertility treatment! The cost of our case estimated $25,000. I thought "We will never have $25,000 just sitting around...that is a lot of money!" On July 16, I was on the FCI facebook page and saw a post made by Todd Trader with a title of WIN A FREE IVF CYCLE. My eyes lit up and I had a good feeling in my stomach. I immediately clicked on the link to look further into it. I opened up an application and filled it out as fast as I could because I saw at the bottom of the application that the due date for all applications was that day!! I wanted so badly to be considered, but I knew our chances were slim to none! As I was filling it out I felt a calmness come over me and a pure grace that I knew everything was going to be ok; just to be patient and have faith. It was the strangest feeling, but somehow, someway, I felt an instant relief.
Through correspondence with Todd Trader, we found out via email on July 28 (the anniversary of my diagnosis of cancer/my mom's bday) at 8:28am that WE WERE SELECTED for the 2010 beneficiaries for Birdies for Babies!!!!!!!!! Pat and I were jumping on the bed with joy! We could not believe it! I read the email 20 times and still didn't believe it! Pat told me call Todd! Make sure this is for real! I called Todd to confirm and he said ..."you can get excited!" haha I will never forget that morning. That morning changed our lives forever! I could not stop shaking with joy! :)