Hello my name is Isabel and this is my story
As long as I can remember I have always have had female reproductive issues since I was young (around 15) I don’t want to get into the gory details, but if you are interested in the details please feel free to reach out id like to be able to help others in anyway that I can. Lets just fast track to last year.. In May of 2019 My health was deteriorating, I couldn’t get out of bed sometimes pale and motionless I went into the ER quite a few times, had a couple blood transfusions/iron transfusions that month I went to Riverside Community Hospital (I had moved from Orange county which by the way has one of the best hospitals out there UCI) and they sent me home said it was just my endometriosis didn’t really bother doing much for me, I went home feeling worse, so I decided to take the long drive out to Orange County to the hospital I was used to for years (UCI medical center) and I had a D&C done and they got the results May 24th, I was unfortunately late to hear my diagnosis as I was out of the state shortly after to attend a funeral in Arizona, They left messages and I guess I was too scared to find out what they had to say, June 3rd I had an appointment to see one of the OBGYNs and I was given the diagnosis Endometrial Adenocarcinoma. If I would have gotten this diagnosis a year before, I would of just taken my uterus out and been over with it because I suffered for years half my life in pain and agony from the endometriosis, But That January of that year (5months before my diagnosis) I met my boyfriend and fell completely in love with him and the idea of starting a family with him.
What does this mean for me? So many different emotions went through my head.. My mom died of cervical cancer, her sister had breast cancer and I had another aunt with Uterine cancer, All I could do is cry and the thoughts again about how I always seem to have bad luck, but was this bad luck? Or was it a lifechanger? Maybe both. My diagnosis is bittersweet because it opened my eyes to a lot of things, I needed to live a healthier lifestyle, lose weight, eat better because this cancer responds to hormones and being overweight causes things to be worse. Since my diagnosis I have lost approximately 85lbs or so and I plan to keep losing even after I beat this and live my best life that I can, It made me realize I wanted to be a mother and a wife and live the best life I can.
Why am I here telling you this? Well.. Unfortunately at 32 years old, I never expected to have cancer I also never prepared for kids, But all that comes with a very expensive price tag. Let me break down a bit for you now if you are still with me..
An average egg freezing cycle, which consists of hormone stimulation, egg retrieval, and lab processing, costs around $16,000. Your clinic will likely charge you $11,000 and the medication will cost around $5,000.
The average cost of an IVF cycle in the U.S. is $15,400 The main reason why an IVF is so expensive is because it requires many stages of preparation before and after the treatment that add up over time. Couples will pay for the procedure itself, along with additional fees comprised of frequent consultations, hormone medications, and the possibility of having to perform multiple cycles.
Surrogate pregnancy is an option for couples experiencing infertility, especially if the woman cannot physically carry a pregnancy to term. Because of the complexity of the process, couples often use a surrogate agency to find a surrogate and guide the process. Typical costs: A surrogate pregnancy typically costs about $60,000.
Im not sure how much it is to buy other womans eggs, but If my cancer spreads and I have to get a full hysterectomy I will need to buy someone elses egg which I read could be about 5,000 more or less.
- My purpose here isn’t just raising the funds to start my family, It is also to shed light on the issue at hand, make some awareness for young adults who may not ever have a chance at a family because financially they are unable to pay for all this such as myself. I am also here if any of you going through something similar need to just talk and vent. Thankyou for taking this time to listen to my story and considering the help, even positive vibes and prayers go a long way, its what has got me through all this so far, That and the support of my family and friends.