Supporting others, to achieve their dreams to have their own baby through IVF, a little bit about why I’m doing it below. As of the 14th October 2018 we have raised £5080 so far, which is amazing, and really shows that people will come together to help others.
A little bit of why I set the page up:
My name is Sarah Anderson, and I found myself on what I can only describe as a roller-coaster of emotions, failures and almost cost me my marriage journey several years ago to have the family I so longed for.
I underwent four rounds of IVF, which started in 2013 and finally ended in 2014 when I had a simple procedure on the NHS to unblock my tubes and have thermal destruction of endometriosis, which I was not aware was even the issue of why we wasn’t falling pregnant. I was told that myself and my husbands chances of falling natural were extremely slim and that IVF would be the best move for us. We hit the National headlines in the Daily Mail and local papers in 2016 when we made the decision to speak out about our story, to raise awareness, as looking back now if I had fought my battle with the NHS to have thorough investigations carried out we would not be £21K+ out of pocket. We were not entitled to any funding through the NHS as my husband had a child already from a previous relationship, and the criteria in Essex is strict and do not allow any other children in either sides past, so our only option was to self fund our treatment.
After 4 failed rounds, using two different clinics, we were finally given our happy ending, when I discovered in Nov 2014 that I was pregnant, with our son Alfie, who is now 2 years old.
The cost to go through the treatment was very expensive, but we were in a good position that we paid for two rounds ourselves and our parents both supported us with a round each aswell. I for one would have kept going and going and to be honest would probably have sold my soul to have a baby of my own or our home.
I understand that many people require IVF to have their own family or extend their current family set up, and with the NHS making further cuts, soon there will be no money to support this treatment. I would like to try to help at least one couple if not more to have their dreams come true as well, so I am going to be crowdfunding to raise enough money to support a round of treatment.
We will use my own business to get the word out there and when we are near the target I have set, we will then set about to find a couple to help, who do not have the funds or access to help and support from family and friends to undergo treatment. I will create packs of chocolates which I will sell on my site, and part of the proceeds will be given to this justgivingpage, full details of amounts will be clearly published.
If everyone I know on my Instagram page gives just £1.00 we would be able to raise a massive £57 K, which would actually pay for approx 11 rounds, just think if we can help four different couples to have their happy ever after.
I thank you for reading my story and why I want to help others and keep my fingers crossed that with the power of social media we can all help each other.
Much love – Sarah xx
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