Guest Post: Miracles Do Happen Part:1
Forward: Have you or someone you know had trouble conceiving? It is a most unbelievable experience, when for most of our lives we grow up believing how truly easy it IS to get pregnant. But when one can't, the rollercoaster ride is full of emotion and sadness. Please welcome Tara- a guest blogger who has a pretty amazing story to tell.
I can’t say our story is a new one, but it is definitely one not shared in society very often and definitely one my husband and I never thought would become ours.
We were married in June 2006 and had the same dreams as most newly married couples: travel, pay off our debts and start a family. In September 2006, my husband was hit by a drunk driver and seriously injured; spending the next 3 months in the hospital and another 7-8 months from there at home on disability, regularly attending specialized doctor’s appointments and physiotherapy.
While his healing progressed, we decided that life was too precious to wait and we started trying for a family. After 18 months of being unsuccessful and finally being seen at the fertility clinic, it was determined that the car accident had taken away our chances of conceiving a child on our own and we would have to continue forward with a donor option. Honestly, as heart breaking as it was to hear and as much anger as it brought back regarding the drunk driver, we both knew we would not let it determine how the rest of our lives played out. We both wanted a family more than anything, no matter what options we had too look at.
After 5 failed IUI (inter uterus insemination) attempts, 2 failed IVF (invitro fertilization) attempts (over 4 years) we were drained; both emotionally and financially. We knew that there was still a family in our story to be had and after some research, we decided to move forward with the adoption process. By December 2010 we had completed our adoption process and had been approved. It felt wonderful to know that there was going to be a light at the end of our seemingly dark tunnel! Even though we didn’t know when, we knew that there was a beautiful child out there for us and waiting didn’t seem so hard anymore.
In the midst of the adoption excitement we were contacted by the fertility clinic informing us that we still had one donor sample remaining and our “free” storage on it was coming to an end. We needed to decide if we would like to continue the storage for a fee, use the sample, donate the sample or destroy the sample. Knowing we had already put a lot of money into the purchase and previous attempts and no longer having that feeling of loss (with the knowledge of an adoption in our future), we talked about it and thought “why not use it? what did we have to lose?”.
A few weeks later we took a pregnancy test not really expecting anything and very used to it showing negative for the last 4.5 years. To our surprise, 2 little pink lines showed up! We couldn’t believe our eyes! It was positive and we, of course, proceeded to take 4 more at home tests... and a doctors appointment to assure ourselves it was real and we were not crazy! It was a MIRACLE-- we were PREGNANT : ) !
At 7 weeks we had our first ultrasound. We were so excited to see the little person we had created inside. The ultrasound seemed to take forever and we both were starting to get a bit nervous. The tech didn’t say a word the whole time either. I just kept praying that everything was alright and I was just letting my nerves get to me. Well let me tell you... We were way off! Not only was everything okay, but the reason it took so long was because 'Baby A' was not alone. There was also a 'Baby B'- We were pregnant with TWINS!
Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined we'd be so overwhelmingly blessed. Those years of loss were so hard. We hope our story is of help to others struggling as we had. Never give up.
~is a 30 years old, local, soon-to-be-Mommy of twins!
*To read Part 2, click HERE*