God has continually showed his faithfulness throughout each season of my life. The season I am in currently is no different.
At age 25, after having abnormal lab values return at a routine doctor's appointment, I was diagnosed with Polycythemia Vera, a rare type of Blood Cancer. The medication of choice for my disease and circumstance has little research on the long term impacts of fertility in young patients who are within childbearing age. Prior to beginning my treatment regimen, baseline fertility labs and assessments were obtained. My fertility status at that time was considered normal for someone of my age range. Given the nature of my disease at that time and the information available, fertility preservation was not prioritized as beginning treatment was time sensitive. After 6 months of treatment, I have responded well as my disease is currently controlled. However, after another fertility assessment, my fertility status has declined. I was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve, and the need for fertility preservation is urgent, given how my body responded to the medication in a short time frame. Given this information, my Oncologist and Fertility specialist have recommended beginning the fertility preservation process as soon as possible. Assistance from this organization would be life altering as it would allow us the opportunity to hope for a family in the future.
My husband and I have been married for 5 years. We long to have a family and pray that one day this will become a reality for us. We know and trust that God's ways are better than our own, and that there is a bigger plan authorized for our life. We trust that God will use our situation for good and our testimony for His glory and for the betterment of the kingdom of Heaven.