Wow, it's been awhile! I have to admit, I shied away from blogging for a few months because I've always had a hard time opening up to people I have not known closely for many years. I know, not many people would guess that. I am very friendly, and I am mostly an open book, but it is hard for me to share deep things that mean something to me. It's scary to put your heart out there and hope that people accept it. Unlike my wonderfully independent husband, I do take others' opinions to heart- probably a lot more than I should! Yet, my heart keeps telling me to share my story. My spirit keeps telling me that someone out there needs to hear it, and I need to hear theirs. So, here's to choosing faith over fear.
|My beautiful bridesmaids!|
|...and the handsome 3/5 guys|
|The best hiking buddy|
Jason and I have struggled with combat-related infertility. That is, due to the excessive shrapnel embedded throughout his body, we will likely not be able to have children of our own without the help of modern technology. Thankfully, the option of in vetro fertilization is out there. Unfortunately, this is a very expensive procedure, costing up to $25,000 per try. Even worse, although this is a problem stemming directly from Jason's time in Afghanistan, the procedure is not covered by the VA. In March, a bill was introduced (specifically, HR 2257) that would require the VA to cover IVF for all veterans who are unable to have children naturally due to service-related injuries. This makes perfect sense, since our military men and women were promised to be taken care of in the case that any complications were to arise from their service. Yet, it is another area where the government has chosen to let them down. So now, we have to pay out of pocket for Jason's trips to receive prosthetics (and wait months every time) on top of paying to have our own family.
|Can't get enough of the mountains :)|
All of this is stressful, difficult, and even painful at times. Yet, I cannot help but keep the end in mind. In the end, every long appointment, every needle, every phone call, and every ounce of effort will be worth it, both when we see things change, and when we see our beautiful baby. When I think of our future family, there is no price that is too high to make that dream happen. We will do anything, and we will try to help as many others along the way as we can. By being bold and speaking up, our veterans can spread their priceless knowledge and powerful love onto the next generation.
Please keep us and others in similar situations in your prayers, and feel free to reach out!
God bless you and yours!
|Our wedding caricature!|