I was recently asked by the studio behind Suffragette to write a post about what I am thankful for.
Honestly? There are so many things…
I am thankful for my family. My family actually has an interesting story about how we came to be. Which leads me to the next thing I am thankful for:
I am thankful that IVF exists. IVF (in-vitro fertilization, or “test tube babies”) is how my children came into my life. My husband and I got married on a wintery day in 1999 with dreams of moving out of our little apartment and starting a family. We thought it would be easy.
It wasn’t easy.
After trying and running tests after about 6 years of not so much as a positive pregnancy test we sought the help of specialty doctors called Reproductive Endocrinologists. We knew our chances were slim for IVF – the national average for carrying a child to term was below 50%. We also knew that we were seeing the best doctors in the field. We also knew we had one chance at this.
I am thankful for my husband’s insurance. Our insurance covered 80% of the pre-treatment and procedure. While that seems high, we still spent in the 5 figures when it was all said and done. But that was a far cry from the $100K plus we could have had in bills. To be honest, we wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t for the insurance break.
I am thankful it worked the first time. Because our insurance gave us one shot. When I did the IVF cycle and procedure, it had been 9 long years since we got married and started trying for a family. I’m not sure what I would have done or felt had it not worked.
I am thankful for not one but TWO babies. I was lucky that not only IVF worked, it worked well. I carried my twins past “twin term” to 38 weeks, 3 days before going in for a scheduled cesarean to deliver them. They were born healthy, perfect, and beautiful. My daughter weighed in at 6lbs, 11oz and my son 5lbs, 14oz. They were flawless.
I am thankful for a happy home. Because we brought two beautiful children into our lives, we considered ourselves a “family”. When they were 2 years old we were able to buy our home. We are able to care for them with love and provide for them.
None of this would be possible without the Suffrage Movement. Because of the strong women who fought for our right to vote, it opened up the doors for other rights, including medical and reproductive rights. IVF wouldn’t exist, at least not here in the US, without this fight.
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