Help Ashlee and KC make their dream come true.
Help Ashlee and KC make their dream come true.
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Tammy McConnell is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Ashlee & KC Claunts.
I have known Ashlee and KC for several years now. Ashlee and I started as co-workers and quickly became friends. I have watched as they have grown as individuals, professionally and as a couple. I have also witnessed the continued struggle of becoming parents. Other than giving them our emotional support, I feel helping them financially will give them some relief on their day to day lives.
Here is more insight on their journey from Ashlee:
It’s difficult to open up about things that mean a lot to you. I’ve been able to open up to a few people, but haven’t been able to rip the inevitable bandaid for everyone to know our story. With that said, I am sharing both vulnerability and hope.
KC and I have been together over 7 years now. We’ve been attached at the hip for 9 1/2 years. We started dating in August 2014, engaged by September 2015, and married the next September in 2016. We’ve lived in four different towns and two different states. We’ve excelled in our education and careers over the years, made lifelong friends, and traveled to many destinations. The memories are already endless and we’re only 5 1/2 years into our marriage. It’s been blissful.
But then an unfortunate reality has hit us like a freight train. Having a baby is not as easy for us.
We’ve been trying for well over 6 years now to have a child of our own. One with our DNA. We’ve wished for the names we have had picked out can be used. We pray for things like they get KC’s smile or eyes, and let’s be real – my sense of humor.
At this rate we’ll be happy with just one. As much as two or three would send us over the moon. The glimmer of hope has become dimmer with each passing month with that negative test result. I never knew peeing on a stick would become so consuming of my life. While everyone is avoiding those two lines on a Covid test, all I can pray for is two lines on a pregnancy test.
We started fertility treatments last year. We realized everything we tried wasn’t working leading up to this point. I lost over 100 pounds to help with the process. We thought that would do the trick. Naive thought on our part. We’re selling our house to hopefully get financially ahead of our regular day to day lives, but also to help this process along. Another monotonous word, hope.
We drive two hours one way for sometimes a 20-minute appointment hoping it’ll solve our problems; It hasn’t yet. “Unexplained infertility” is what we’re told. On paper, there’s nothing wrong with either of us. So why is this so hard? We’ve had three failed IUIs, with a fourth happening soon. If we don’t get a baby out of round four, we will start IVF treatments. Insert more stress here. “Just relax” echoes in my brain, yeah sure I’ll just relax.
We fully understand some couples have it worse than we do, and we feel for them. Our hope is we don’t have to continue this journey much longer and we’ll be blessed with a child of our own. But it doesn’t diminish the pain we’ve already been through. We would never wish this upon anyone.
The only thing we’ve wished for is to be parents. This journey has been nothing but cruel and devastating in reminding us we aren’t parents. Remaining optimistic has dwindled with each passing month. With our two-hour drive one way to our closest fertility clinic, hope fades. With each bill that comes in the mail because neither of our insurances cover fertility treatments, emotions rise. It’s mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially taxing. But we don’t want to give up. We just hope our rope doesn’t run out.
We’re trying to focus on things in our control. We appreciate the few who have been along with us on this journey since last year and continue to support us. And we hope the rest of you that now know will support us as well.
Again, with vulnerability and hope – we’re asking for help. Help to give us the family we dream of. Any donation is a huge blessing. If you are unable to donate, that is ok. Your thoughts and prayers mean the world to us.
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|Lyndsay Lehnertz||$50.00||April 30, 2022|
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|Tammy McConnell||$100.00||April 30, 2022|
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