Eschman Egg Basket
Organized by: Team Eschman Egg Basket
Hello, we are Team Eschman Egg Basket and we are asking you to please stop and read our friend's story. For most of us, we live "normal" lives - grow up, get married, have children etc... taking for granted all of the blessings we are given. For our friends, Sarah and Ed Eschman, their story has gone differently. They have been dealt a lot of rough times and are in need of our help. During their 19-year marriage, they have been through many obstacles and hardships including multiple organ transplants and the death of a child. For most people, this would be enough to tear them apart, but Sarah and Ed are a very unique couple. Instead, all of these struggles have brought them closer together and deeper in love. They have a great desire to share that love by continuing to grow their family through egg donation. Please read their whole story below and help out in any way you can.
• 1996 – Married
• 1999 – ESRD - End stage renal disease
• Peritoneal Dialysis at home 13 months
• 2001 February - Kidney and Pancreas transplant
• Excessive Medical Payments
• 2006 – Built home
• 2007 August – BK virus
• 1 Matched
• 2008 February – Husband / Wife kidney donation
• 2009 February – Hernia Surgery
• 2011 September – TTC -- Trying to Conceive
• 2012 January – Dr. Mooney
• 2012 May – Low Sperm diagnosis - Transplant Medicines
• 2012 – Clomid – 3 months
• 2012 September - IUI – Intrauterine Insemination
• 5/29/13 - Ethan born
• 7/11/13 – Ethan Passed
• September – TTC – Trying To Conceive
• 5 IUI’s Pregnant
• 8 Weeks miscarriage
• 3 IUI’s failed
• IVF Failed
When married in 1996 we realized there may be setbacks and delays in our plans at times as Ed had been battling juvenile (Type I) diabetes since age 9, But hopes for his health were strong. We both worked hard and were able to make progress toward preparing a home for our family.
Ed Suffered Kidney failure in 1999 and endured peritoneal dialysis at home for 13 months. As with others, we worried how we would get through it and manage all that was needed. While regretting the loss of a life, Ed gratefully received a kidney / pancreas transplant in 2001.
Despite our concerns regarding organ rejection and the side effects of immunosuppressants, and despite our struggles paying for long lists of required medications and costly medical bills while dealing with endless insurance issues, which continue today, we looked forward and were able to build our home in 2006.
Unfortunately, Ed became sick again the following year and was found to have BK virus. He would again lose his Kidney. Fortunately, and to everyone’s amazement, I was a match. We had a successful wife to husband kidney donation transplant in February 2008.
We will be forever thankful for everyone who remained with us during all our ups and downs through the years we remember those who brought food, did our chores, ran errands, cared for our cats and kept us company when we were not very good company ourselves.
I soon had hernia surgery, which corrected improper stitching from the transplant. Once healed, and after years of traumatic events, the two of us began pursuing our dream. We got back on track trying for our family.
With no luck, we started trying to conceive in September 2011. After consulting with our reproductive endocrinologist, testing diagnosed low sperm, which was medically elevated with Clomid.
I then had IUI (intrauterine injection) in September 2012 and became pregnant.
We were blessed. Our first IUI worked and our pregnancy was a happy, healthy one. We had a beautiful baby boy, Ethan, the joy of our lives on May 29, 2013.
Ethan Passed at 6 weeks due to an undetected congenital heart condition. He became ill was hospitalized and passed the same day. We were devastated.
The loss of a child is unfathomable. You become fixed in a state of shock and the grief seems endless. Pain remains for years despite good therapy and the support and comfort of those who love you. Our family, neighbors, friends and employers generously helped us emotionally and financially again.
We had to move forward somehow. So with overwhelming sorrow, we went ahead with IUI’s, which resulted in a pregnancy that soon miscarried. Then with encouragement from our doctor, we tried several more IUI’s, which failed, each a harder disappointment as time kept slipping away.
Our doctor remained confident that a successful pregnancy was possible for us and felt the best path would be a more dependable but expensive procedure, IVF (In vitro fertilization).
Understanding our strong desire for a family my parents offered us the gift of funding for the procedure. We were fearful of further disappointment but we gladly welcomed the opportunity to realize our dream.
We began again. Our hopes where boosted as each step was positive. Excitement mounted for all of us, including the doctor and staff, as eggs were counted and as the procedures took place.
It seemed a long wait for the sad results. This would not be the time.
We are delayed and disappointed but we are still optimistic. We are reminded daily as we see other families how much we wish to have our family grow. As with many other couples, we are willing to keep trying. Our doctor remains positive and unwavering.
Continuation of the fertilization process will be our path. Our next step will be going through egg donation. Having exhausted our resources, we need help whether it be prayers, sharing our story with others who may contribute, or funding part of our journey, all are needed. Anything can help. All will be appreciated and honored with gratitude.
The final cost is about $24,825. Below is a breakdown of the costs.
Donor Expense $22,125
- Physical Evaluation
- Phsycological Eval
- Retrieval of eggs
- Fertilization of eggs
- Ultrasounds for Sarah
- Embryo Transfer
Expenses for Sarah $1,200
- Pyschological Exam
- ICSI (donated by doctor)
Assisted Hatching $500
Freezing 10 Embryos for 1 yr $1000
We are asking for $18,700 through this crowdrise and will be raising the rest through various fundraisers. We will be updating this site and our facebook page with more information on the fundraising events at a later date.
We hope to be able to update you with happy news and photos throughout this process. Thank you for your interest and for reading our story.
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