Friends, Family and to all others that may read this:
John and I have been together for 10 years, in the last 3 years we have been through some major obstacles as you will read below and still standing strong.
The first time we found out we were expecting was a huge surprise, as we were not trying at the time. Unfortunately I suffered a miscarriage 10 weeks into the pregnancy. I am pretty sure at the point in my life it was one of the hardest things we had to go through.
A year later again found out we were pregnant and once again I suffered from a miscarriage at 5 weeks.
The OBGYN Dr. had recommended us to a Fertility Specialist. They did numerous tests along with ultrasounds, blood work, etc. to find everything looked ok. They were going to start the first treatment which was an IUI (IUI, or intrauterine insemination, is a relatively simple infertility treatment, where a small tube is used to place specially washed sperm directly into the uterus. You may know of IUI by the more commonly used term artificial insemination (AI). IUI and AI are one and the same fertility treatment) but then found out we were expecting again, although I miscarried at 4 weeks.
We have been through 3 IUI’s with clomid (Clomid is used when there are problems with ovulation, but no problems with blocked fallopian tubes. In that case, stimulating ovulation would be pointless –- the egg and sperm can’t meet if the tubes are blocked. If a woman has irregular cycles, or anovulatory cycles (menstruation without ovulation), all which have failed.
During one of my monthly cycles I was having pain for days, the pain was horrible. The fertility specialist thought I may have endometriosis (Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells (endometrial cells) similar to those that form the inside of the uterus, but in a location outside of the uterus. Endometrial cells are cells that are shed each month during menstruation. The cells of endometriosis attach themselves to tissue outside the uterus and are called endometriosis implants. These implants are most commonly found on the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes, outer surfaces of the uterus or intestines, and on the surface lining of the pelvic cavity) The Dr. scheduled me for a Laparoscopy. (A Laparoscopy is a relatively minor operation when used purely for diagnosis. It is when additional surgical treatment for Endometriosis is performed during a Laparoscopy that the procedure becomes more invasive and would be defined as major surgery.)
Dr. did find that I had a severe case of endometriosis, however she treated it and I was able to then again try 3 more IUI’s with clomid.
John and I have tried 2 more IUI’s with no success, the Dr recommended at our last appointment that we would seek better success with an IVF treatment. She said with the endometriosis coming back every time I have my cycle (monthly), the IVF would be our best choice, unless I wanted to go on birth control. (which obviously is not an option for us)
John and I have been thinking for months on how we are now going to be able to pay for this procedure?? So here we are in the hopes that we raise enough money to have this procedure and make our dreams come true.
We would be so grateful with any donation that you would be able to make. We have listed rewards that you would receive with a donation. We know times are hard and some will not be able to donate, but please if you cannot please spread the word about our project.
There is nothing greater than the gift of life, please help us achieve that.
John and Toni Maloney
$100 donation reward - A personalized that you letter from John and I.
$400 donation reward - A personalized thank you letter from John and I and a dinner party hosted by us.
$1000 donation rewards - A personalized thank you letter, a dinner party hosted by us and updates and progress of IVF Treatments.