As I sit and write this, my heart is full. I am watching my 4 year old little man and his equally mischievous little sister pushing each other around in a baby doll stroller, demolition derby style, of course, having the time of their lives. Their little giggles are music to my ears.
7 short years ago, I was sitting in this same spot, wondering if having a family would even be a reality. I had just suffered a miscarriage after two long and difficult years of trying to become pregnant. And I remember wondering if the emptiness of that moment would ever go away.
2 years later we found ourselves in the throes of IVF treatments. Needles, medications, 3 ½ hour road trips (to see our doctor), and ultrasounds. It was all a bit overwhelming. But the doctor’s had laid it on the line, this was our last hope.
On January 10, 2008, after 4 years of trying to conceive, we were blessed with our miracle. Our first son was born, thanks to IVF. He was beautiful and amazing and everything we had dreamed of.
5 million couples, like us, struggle with infertility. And of those 5 million, 2 million will only achieve pregnancy through IVF. With IVF costing anywhere from $10,000-$15,000, this is not a reality for everyone. This is why my husband and I co-founded The Hudson Foundation.
The Hudson Foundation is a non-profit charity whose mission is to give hope to couples struggling with infertility. We have started the Mission Hope Grant, with the goal of helping couples financially with infertility treatments. We are passionate about giving couples the same opportunity we had for our miracle.
Our goal this year is to raise $6,000 and we are currently about halfway there!
We raise funds by selling products including jewelry and t-shirts at our online store. We also accept donations on our website.
And one lucky reader will win a HOPE T-Shirt of their choice from The Hudson Foundation!