When I was 16 years old, I started to show symptoms of endometriosis and by the time I reached 19, I was having pain all day every day. The pain came in waves of intensity, and at the height of it I would pass out due to the intensity. My doctor tried everything. I was on tons of different birth control pills, the Depo shot, surgery to clean out the lesions, and even a shot to put me into medically induced menopause. Nothing worked for very long and when it did help, it never fully took the pain away. There came a point in time when my gynecologist told me that there wasn't much else she could do. She offered another round of some of the medicines that hadn't worked before, but there wasn't much hope. The only thing left to try was a hysterectomy. I asked her about pregnancy, and she told me that my endometriosis would go away during pregnancy, but would likely return. I had always known that I wanted to be a mother, but at 20 years old and being single, I was terrified to take that step. I was still in college, just starting out in a little apartment, and I had dreams of graduate school. It was another year before I was brave enough to take the next step. I finished my undergraduate degree and started a two-year master's program while working full time as a social worker. My incidents of passing out grew closer together, and it was difficult to live with that level of pain. I decided to start seeing a fertility doctor. I chose a sperm donor, and started intrauterine inseminations. After 6 months of unsuccessfully trying those even with fertility medications, I decided to move on to IVF. Fortunately my insurance covered the bulk of the process. After my first attempt, I was pregnant. Eight months later, after two months on bed rest, a 37 hour labor, and nearly hemorrhaging to death, I delivered a beautiful baby girl. Six months later I had a hysterectomy. I love single motherhood. My daughter is now 4 years old and so fun to be around. She has an incredible sense of humor, loves to bake, dance in the rain, and get dirty in our garden or playing with our pet chickens. She is very social, and is constantly telling me how her friends are her "sisters" or "brothers." I always wanted two children. I planned on waiting until my daughter was in kindergarten, and the time has snuck up on me.I want her to have a close relationship with a sibling, and not have them too far apart. As a single parent on an elementary school counselor's salary, taking care of a second child won't be a problem. But unfortunately having a second baby is much harder for me than it is for other women. When I did IVF with my daughter, there were extra embryos. I had them frozen in case I didn't get pregnant the first time. There they remain, my daughter's popcicle siblings. I would like to have a surrogate mother carry one of my beautiful embryos. I want the chance to be a mother again. I just bought my first house a few months ago, and the third bedroom is longing for cloth diapers and baby toys. I can't wait to induce lactation so that I can breastfeed again. I want so badly to make this happen, but the cost is well beyond what I can manage. Please help my little family grow and become complete.