Our Journey to Baby Elliott

Portland, MI (US)
Created 1 month ago
Fertility Treatments

Our Journey to Baby Elliott

by Shea Elliott

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  • $12,000.00

    Fundraiser Goal
  • $10,760.00

    Funds Raised
  • 36

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$10,760.00 raised of $12,000.00 Goal
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Portland, MI (US)

Shea Elliott is organizing this fundraiser.

Campaign Story

Hello there! My name is Shea Elliott and my husband is Ryan Elliott. Our infertility journey started in January of 2022. I had my first and only positive pregnancy test at the end of December in 2021, but it didn’t last long. We found out I had a chemical pregnancy in January 2022. I went to an OB and they told me to come back after trying to conceive for a year. Unfortunately, that year passed. I went back to the OB, they did lots of bloodwork, and we found out that I have low egg count. At first, we thought this only impacted the future, but turns out it also impacts the present. Because I have low egg count, my body doesn’t want to deplete its reserve, so it doesn’t release an egg every month. Therefore, I have many cycles where ovulation doesn’t occur. The OB told me that our best chance at getting pregnant would be if we saw a fertility specialist, so we were referred to The Fertility Center in GR.

Upon becoming patients at The Fertility Center, our doctor ordered bloodwork for Ryan, as well as a semen analysis. We found out Ryan had high prolactin which was impacting his sperm shape, count, and speed. After being bounced around between different specialities, stopping his anxiety medication, a pituitary tumor scare, and taking an intense medication to shrink a non-existent tumor (turned out to be a cyst), his numbers did all return to normal. Praise God!

We did 3 rounds of IUI at the fertility center and none of them resulted in pregnancy. We had another appointment with our doctor, and she told us it was time to do IVF. IVF is like this dark gray cloud before a thunderstorm… It is VERY overwhelming. The oral and injectable medication, ultrasounds, procedures… the price tag. It’s a lot and it sucks. It sucks that we are here. No one imagines they’ll get to this point. We are 25-26, watching our friends start families or grow their families, and we thought we’d be there too by now. We believe that we’ll be able to start our family in God’s timing. With that being said though, we want to take the next steps in our treatment plan.

We were told we’d likely have to do at least 2 retrieval cycles before we do our first transfer because Shea has low egg count. The billing department at our doctor’s office told us people spend an average of $15,000 for one retrieval and one transfer, and because we are overachievers, we will likely be in the $20k range. Unfortunately, we just can’t save that much money in such a limited time (our doctor wants to start retrieval in the next 6 months), so we started a fundraiser page to hopefully offset the financial burden. We think we’ll be able to save up to 50%, and we were hoping to get some help with the other 50.

Please feel no pressure to give, even just praying for us or sharing our story would be helpful!

Thank you for reading!
Ryan & Shea Elliott

  • 02-02-2024

    Thank You

    Thank you to everyone who has donated to our fundraiser so far! Ryan and I have been blown away by your generosity. Since we are almost at our goal already, we have been asked by several people to increase our goal. This will help cover more than the 50% we asked for originally, gas to/from Grand Rapids (where our appointments will be), and acupuncture. Acupuncture helps the body accept and digest all of the hormones it is being pumped full with. Again, thank you for your help! We are forever grateful and giving praise to God for all of it!

Megan Kapcia commented with a $200 donation about 4 days ago
We love you guys!!!
Alicia Overlander commented with a $100 donation about 3 weeks ago
We love you guys! We pray daily that you’ll be blessed with a little one 🤍
Anonymous commented with a $200 donation about 3 weeks ago
Praying for you!
Katelyn Hoppes commented with a $50 donation about 3 weeks ago
Praying for you ❤️
Lynn Holdren commented with a $50 donation about 3 weeks ago
Keeping you in my prayers
Tanya Schneider commented with a $100 donation about 3 weeks ago
Sending you so much love & prayers always! - Lee & Tanya
Kimberly Thorp commented with a $100 donation about 3 weeks ago
Jesus, please be with Ryan, Shea, the doctors, and all that have helped through this process. We pray Lord that you will be a part of this journey and that you will provide beautiful healthy babies. Amen
Sadie Bower commented with a $500 donation about 4 weeks ago
Our family continues to pray for you guys daily. We love you both so❤️❤️
Anonymous commented with a $1000 donation about 4 weeks ago
Good luck. Love grandpa
Jill Lowery commented with a $100 donation about 4 weeks ago
The Lowery’s love you guys
Anonymous commented with a $2000 donation about 1 month ago
I love you both and my prayers are with you 💕
Isaac Clark commented with a $50 donation about 1 month ago
Good Luck
Chris Steinman commented with a $100 donation about 1 month ago
Love you guys
Tyler Brochhagen commented with a $25 donation about 1 month ago
Wishing you guys the best!