Monday, February 13th, 2012 @ 09:45
Ahmad, he is 4 years now.
Hello Dr. Fakih! I'm so happy to find out about this blog page! This is our beautiful son, Jad (done through gender selection at your clinic last year) and now our family is complete, thanks to you and your wonderful team. Not only do you make little miracles, you make beautiful ones! Thank you again and looking forward to seeing other baby pics made in First Fertility!
Dear IVF Michigan, We can't believe we are actually able to write one of these letters that will hopefully be posted on the wall that we passed so many times when we came to our appointments. Hopefully, it will give others the strength to fight the sadness and to get a little stronger each day. My wife and I have been trying to start a family for almost 4 years now and it has been an incredibly exhausting and a very emotional journey. There were many times we almost gave up. When we lost twins in the spring of 2007 we experienced a terrible pain in our hearts that we never thought was possible to feel. Then about 6 months later, we lost our best and most supportive friend, Ryan to kidney complications in the winter of 2008. Again, we went through a pain that took us even longer to heal. Somehow we managed to get back up and try to have a family again. This time, Sarah could not get pregnant. After about 8 months, we saw a fertility doctor and began treatments and medication. About 3 months later, it worked! Sarah and I were so happy. However, it did not last long. The baby died at 10 weeks old and we were told it was a natural miscarriage. After this happened, we were extremely mad at the world and questioned all of our beliefs and our strength took a major hit. We tried to hard to get back up and fight, but it was not happening. We almost gave up and isolated ourselves from everyone we cared about. We both never imaged we could sink this low. Both being Elementary teachers, it was even hard to go to work and see all these happy kids. It made us envious and a little angry at everyone that was able to get pregnant and stay pregnant. Our last and final chance was to try IVF. We were all out of funds and our health coverage would not cover the costs, so we decided to get a small loan out for the procedure. We would only have one chance, so my wife and I began talking to everyone and anyone who knew or had gone through IVF. Originally, we began our treatment with U of M but then after discovering the success rates on the internet and talking to some other people who went through IVF Michigan we changed doctors and thankfully you took us on and made us feel hopeful again. Sarah often reminds me how crazy we must have seemed. I can remember calling at all times; day and middle of the night, to ask questions or to express concerns. There will always be a special place in our hearts for Deanna and Susan that answered our questions and calmed us down every time we freaked out. We also want to thank all of nurses who took Sarah's blood and helped us on the day of the retrieval and transfer. You were all so kind and calm and we needed it more than you probably were aware of. When we smiled on the outside, we were also terrified inside. We especially thank Dr. Fakih who to this day, we will never forget the day of the transfer when he said, "You'll get pregnant." We answered, "Really? Please don't say that, if you're not sure." He answered, "You will." Both Sarah and I looked at each other and beamed with happiness. You are all true professional and it is obvious that you do this more than just for a paycheck. You are making a difference in the world and giving loving parents a chance to be blessed with a family. We can not express how thankful we are through words. We feel alive again with a new happiness that shines. Thank you so much for everything you did for us. We finally had our baby boy; Samuel was born at 3:23 AM on June 27, 2010. He is a miracle and will be loved more than he could ever imagine. Your friends, David and Sarah