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Baby Steps: A little help

Posted June 9, 2011

Our fertility specialist came through in a bind again! Dr. P is really starting to grow on me … even though we’ve only met in person a handful of times.

I decided to put some of my new found free time (since graduation) to good use and apply for a grant that would help us out with the cost of treatment. For us, our only option is IVF so – while we haven’t spent lots of time with our fertility docs – we could very well be in for a hefty price tag if we want a baby of our own. We haven’t decided for certain that this is what we’ll do but it is one of the few options we’ve narrowed down to.

The challenge for us was to try to get this extensive application done in a very limited time frame. By the time my rigorous class schedule and graduation was over, we only had about a week to get it all together. Most importantly, we needed a letter from our fertility doctor to describe our situation. I assumed we’d be pushing it to get a busy doctor to complete a personal letter for a single patient with only a business week to do it.

Remarkably – I was wrong again!

Dr. P responded to my Friday evening email on Monday morning and said he would have the letter done the same day. Again, I am amazed by and deeply grateful for the personal attention we’ve received.

We won’t know if we will receive any grant money until later in the summer. If anyone else is interested in checking out the charity that offers this kind of help please see www.payitforwardfertility.org.

Christine is the weekday noon news producer at WRAL-TV. She lives with her husband and three dogs. Christine is chronicling her experience as she and her husband struggle with infertility. Find her here on Fridays.

 

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  • Mac1 Jun 11, 2011

    Dr. P is amazing - you'll be very happy to have his guidance, knowledge, and compassion on your side. Thanks to his efforts, we're almost 5 months pregnant after IVF. Best of luck to you!

  • BabaStink Jun 10, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your story and the resource. I had no idea that such a non-profit existed. While I was fortunate to be able to conceive on my own, I have known several friends that did have fertility issues. Before I had my child, I always thought that if I could not conceive on my own, then I would have to let it go because we surely would not be able to afford the fertility treatments. Good luck to you in the grant process!