I’m grateful for a lot of things in my life. I’m grateful for my husband, our daughter, my extended family, and my health. I’m grateful for our home, our jobs, and all the wonderful memories we were able to make this past year together.
There’s one more thing I’m grateful for: the opportunity to donate my eggs. The amount of happiness I feel when I think I was able to help another woman start her family is hard to describe. It’s boundless.
I’m not new to the world of reproductive endocrinology. After my husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer, we realized we’d need to start our family through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). He underwent a testicular sperm extraction, but it was unsuccessful, and we ended up using a sperm donor to get pregnant. We were successful, and our beautiful daughter is the light of our lives.
When I was going through my IVF cycle, I met other women going through the process, some of whom needed an egg donor to proceed with care. Having used a sperm donor, I understand the value of someone else’s help during the fertility journey, and, since I had no issues with my own eggs, I always envisioned being able to give back to this community of women.
After my daughter was a year old, I decided to donate my eggs through Ovatures. Ovatures has given me the opportunity to help make someone’s dreams come true. The fact that I have helped make someone a parent is a remarkable thing: not only have I given a gift, but I feel I have also received a gift. I feel very lucky to have had this experience. Being a donor takes work: you are giving yourself injections every night, waking up early for monitoring, and going through the egg retrieval procedure. But knowing you are giving someone the greatest gift ever is worth it.
My heart feels so full knowing that I was able to donate a small part of myself to someone else to allow them to start a family and fulfill their dreams.