Help a Hurricane firefighter with IVF medication cost

The Anderson family pictured here hopes to grow their family | Photo courtesy of Nate Anderson, St. George News

HURRICANE — Nate and Beth Anderson have been trying to build their family for the past 12 years with very little success. A GoFundMe account has been set up in their name to help with costs associated with IVF treatment.

Read the Anderson’s story here:

Nate and Beth knew from the day they said, “I do” that they were ready to start trying for their dream family. That Spring, they were thrilled to see the positive sign appear on their home pregnancy test. At 7 weeks Beth miscarried. The years to follow contained excruciating, heart breaking miscarriages ranging from 7-10 weeks along, 2 ectopic (tubal) pregnancies, the loss of a tube, and no answers.

After you lose a baby, some try to make you feel as though it is just a common medical condition you get over, it’s not. It is heart shattering.
Nate and Beth went to many specialists and had extensive testing done that resulted in no answers or treatment.
When it is not your choice and you can’t do something as innate as carry a baby, it hits you at your most basic level.
Beth found Methlynetetranydrofolate reductase, MTHFR, in her personal research. She had herself tested and the results were positive.
Women who test positive are at a higher risk for miscarriages. Although, there has not been enough research done in the medical field to prove that the gene disorder causes it. Therefore, rendering no treatment plan for women like Beth.

Soon Beth found herself pregnant with baby number 6 with still no plan from the doctors. She began researching what other women in the same position had done. The solution was relatively simple, Heparin shots given to herself during pregnancy to keep the blood thin and prevent the clotting which was leading to the miscarrages. 500 shots of Heparin, 1 every 12 hours in the stomach until the day of delivery.

Beth’s doctor agreed to the treatment plan and 9 months later she gave birth to a very healthy baby boy, Graham.

Finances, dreams, hopes, and desires were all surrendered to another ectopic pregnancy that led to the removal of Beth’s last working fallopian tube. This sealed their fate of ever getting pregnant on their own again.

Most feel complete when their family is full and choose to stop. They adjust to the idea, and don’t anguish over the result because it was their choice. They don’t have to deal with the unspoken stigma attached to secondary infertility. Graham is loved and charished by his parents. They have great graditute for him and because of their love for him they want to give him the gift of siblings. They want him to know the bond between siblings that is not replicable.

Nate works hard at two jobs in order to support his family and medical expenses. He is employed at Hurricane Valley Fire & Rescue as a Firefighter/EMT. This occupation is preceeded by 8 years of volunteer work. He also owns and operates his own landscaping business and services the local area.

Beth is involved in volunteer work for the City of La Verkin. She has served on past 4th of July committee’s and currently on the Beautification Committee. Beth regularly volunteer’s at Graham’s school and was recently asked to participate in an assembly for the students. Beth and Nate both have volunteer positons within their church.
Their insurance does not cover any of the medications that Beth needs leading up to Invitro.

All of the medications must be paid in full before the Invitro procedure. With time quickly passing, their window of opportunity to expand their family one more time is closing.

Beth is scheduled to start the invitro process in March 2018. They have saved and are able to pay for the invitro process, but IVF medications leading up to the invitro are outrangeously costly. This gofundme will help ease the burden of the cost of medication and any other unforeseen medical expenses that may arise leading up to the date of their procedure.

I know at some level we can all understand the weight of medical expenses. I want us to help the Andersons forget all the reasons it won’t work so they can focus on the reasons that it will. Please donate towards the cost of their medication expenses.

There is no amount too small or too big: Donation x lots of people = A Bigger Anderson Crew!

Ed. note: When making charitable contributions it is advisable to consult with professionals for tax advice and investment risks.

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