I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure at a very young age, but officially diagnosed at 26 years old. Prior to my diagnosis, it was always my biggest dream to have children. When I initially learned why I would need an egg donor, I was absolutely devastated. Years went by and I saw various doctors, but none of them seemed inclined to help me or give me any hope. After I married my husband, Josh, we got more serious about starting a family, and decided to go straight to the best. We sought out treatment with Dr. Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Right away, I felt comfortable, understood and excited for the first time since my diagnosis. Dr. Bromer took such care and time to guide us and always went the extra mile. He explained that he could give us our best possible chance by using donor egg and believed it would be a viable option for us. We felt encouraged by our treatment plan and took Dr. Bromer's advice. And how THRILLED we were that we did.
Our treatment plan was made very clear and we felt supported throughout. We were so happy to have a chance, finally, at a family of our own. Our first transfer was on March 20, 2017, and it worked the first try! I sobbed with happiness; I could barely believe it. We had our miracle baby girl in December 2018, and plan on using another of our 3 remaining embryos to give her a sibling in the future. She is the light of our lives, our greatest gift from God, and our reason for existing.
If I could go back in time years earlier, hopeless and beside myself with sadness, I would tell myself that there’s nothing to be sad about because the greatest joy you’ve ever known is just ahead. I would tell myself to hang in there and have faith. I would never trade our story for another. Our little girl is perfect in every way, and I am SO happy that we had this beautiful chapter in our lives. I am grateful every single day, and never take it for granted.
If you have the option to use donor egg to complete your family, I encourage you with all my heart to seek it out and open yourself up to the possibility that it's the best thing you'll ever do. We can't thank Dr. Bromer, our nurses and the Shady Grove Fertility staff enough for all of their help. We can't wait to work with them again in the future. This has been the best experience and I am so glad that God brought us to SGF! We were meant to be parents in this different, but beautiful way. And our lives are more amazing, rich and indescribably happier for it.
For the first time in my life, I can say that I am glad I have premature ovarian failure. Without it, I would have never gone down this path that led us to our little girl. There are no words to describe the gratitude and love that we feel. And I’m confident that you will feel the same way. Sending love your way as you embark on your family's journey. With Shady Grove Fertility by your side, you will feel confident knowing you are being guided in the right direction!