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Baby Bound... John and Laurie Gentry's Journey through IVF and Beyond

Hello and thank you for visiting our Baby Bound Fundraiser!

I am excited to say that John and I just recently celebrated our 2 year anniversary in March and can't wait to celebrate many more.

About 6 months after we were married we knew we wanted to start a family and we knew we weren't getting any younger. I have always thought that getting pregnant was an easy process and that we would be pregnant in no time. After 4 months went by and no positive pregnancy I began to wonder what we were doing wrong. We waited it out a couple more months and started tracking my cycle, temperature and used ovulation tests. Still no positive pregnancy.
I set up an appointment with my doctor who had me take various blood tests in which they all came back perfect and normal. Next, the doc sent John in for an Analysis which didn't come back so positive. Through all the testing we found out we would need a little help to conceive. We then sought out a fertility clinic to help us through this very emotional journey we are now on.
After our first trip to the clinic in July 2010 and $1500 dollars later we tried an (Intrauterine insemination) IUI in September which was unsuccessful and would have only had about a 2% chance of conception. I decided from that moment I wanted to move on to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) but the only thing holding us back was the funds to do it. We were told that an IVF procedure ranges from $15k-20k without any guarantees. Unfortunately, our Insurance does not cover any Infertility Costs.
Because of financial costs we had to put our dreams on hold. Now that I will be turning 35 this August (which age can be a huge factor for success) I am determined to do whatever it takes to come up with the money by June this year.
I started doing a lot of research on the different fertility clinics in California and finally landed on Reproductive Partners in San Diego. They have really high success rates and I have read many great things about the Doctors and clinic. I set up a consultation on April 4th and felt very comfortable with the whole process, staff, IVF Coordinator and the Doctor.
On the day of our consultation I was also given an ultrasound to determine where I was at reproductively. I was given a very positive outlook from the Doctor who said I had lots of eggs left and everything looked great!
Leaving the clinic that day we both felt a sense of closure and a new beginning. We are very excited that we are so close to starting our family, we just need a little help both financially and medically to achieve it.

We are also in need of donations for our garage sale that we will be having on April 30th. If there is anything you just wanted to get rid of or were going to donate to the Goodwill we would be more than happy to have anything you want to get rid of. Just let me know and we can come by and pick it up.

We appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers and thank each and everyone of you.

John and Laurie
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