Journey to Baby P
Journey to Baby P
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Megan Ashley is organizing this fundraiser.
Hello. 🖤 I’m Megan and my husband’s name is Mikey (Michael). We are both 33 years old, newly married parents to 4 children from previous marriages. Mikey is a helicopter pilot in the Army and I am a mental health advocate on social media. I was a single mom to two kids before I met Mikey but they quickly knew that he was the dad that they have always dreamt of having. Mikey has 2 sons with his ex wife as well that we get to see every other weekend. Together, we are a perfectly blended family full of love but have known since the beginning of our relationship that we would want to have one more child to complete our blended family.
We have always known that IVF was our only option because my ex husband, who was an abusive alcoholic, had forced me to get a tubal ligation because he didn’t want to have any more children but didn’t want to go through “the pain of a vasectomy”. He made the appointment for me to have the surgery and I had no way to say “no” even though I didn’t want to go through with it but I was scared of his repercussions. Unfortunately, the procedure was done and 10 months later, he ended up leaving our kids and I for another family anyway. We haven’t seen him since.
Fast forward 7 years (after my tubal ligation) and I am now 33 years old, incredibly happily married to Mikey, and not to toot my own horn but an amazing mother to our 4 other children. I don’t have enough fallopian tube left to reconnect them so after meeting with doctors, IVF is our only option to have a baby of our own. Mikey is active duty in the army but Tricare won’t cover any of our IVF costs, unfortunately. We met with a fertility clinic where I had a full work-up with testing and ultrasounds and they said that other than the tubal ligation, I am completely healthy and ready to carry a baby! That was a relief but then the sticker shock hit us. $26,000 for IVF. We had known that it would cost a lot of money and have some money aside for it but we weren’t prepared for *that* much. Mikey is on a fixed income since he is in the army and he pays a substantial amount of child support to his ex wife every month for their two sons so while we live comfortably and have the space in our home and hearts for a baby of our own, we just would love a little bit of help getting through the IVF portion so that we can focus more on providing a wonderful life for our new little one. We are incredibly loving people with 4 beautiful children who we absolutely adore and bringing a baby of our own into our wonderful, blended family would really complete our lives and make our dreams come true. Any help towards that is greatly appreciated and would mean the world to us.
Thank you for your time in reading this. And for giving us the opportunity to share our story. We’re very grateful. 🖤
|January 21, 2024