Sara and Brady Hand Fundraiser

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Benefit March 16 8am-12pm True North Church in South Fargo
Contact Kelsey Knodel 701-202-0744 OR kelsey.longwell@gmail.com

 

Sara and Brady, of Moorhead, got married in 2020. Fully aware that they both struggled with pre-existing health issues, they united their lives with hopeful hearts that they would be able to manage their conditions and become parents. Sara is challenged by Lupus, which, in conjunction with diminished ovarian reserve and the presence of SSA antibodies, compromises her ability to conceive and carry a child full-term. Brady has Kallman’s Syndrome which affects his testosterone, leading to male infertility. Following many grueling and costly medical appointments to manage their health conditions and increase conception, Sara and Brady learned in April, after their first IVF cycle, that Sara was pregnant. Their elation was short-lived. In May, Sara lost the baby due to a subchorionic hemorrhage.

Despite all the heartbreak and out-of-pocket costs that have drained their savings, Sara and Brady wish to proceed with careful management of their health conditions enabling them to undergo another costly round of IVF. Caring friends are hosting this online fundraiser to help Sara and Brady with medical expenses. Online gifts to their fundraiser will be boosted by 20%, with 100% of gifts going directly to Sara and Brady. Cash/check gifts may be directly gifted to Sara or Brady.

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:6:"2-7-24";s:5:"title";s:41:"Insurance Hurdles and Starting STIM Shots";s:7:"details";s:1830:"February 7, 2024 Things have been a bit hectic as we prepare for our second round of IVF. Due to my autoimmune issues and the need for specialized doctors, we have to seek treatment out of state, adding complexity to an already challenging situation. Here's the update: I've been on Enoxaparin injections since January 8th, but there were issues with insurance when I requested more than the pharmacy's limit for our travel. It’s always something with insurance. After numerous phone calls and enduring long waits on hold, I discovered that my insurance had changed the coverage for my injections without informing me. All this back and forth is enough to cause anyone a headache. In the end, I learned that we now need to pay out of pocket for the remaining Enoxaparin shots. The price has jumped from $28 for 10 shots to $352. Needless to say, we're very grateful for any support through the Lend A Hand Up Fundraiser, especially at times like these when unexpected costs arise. This morning, we had my baseline ultrasound. The nurse reported that everything looked normal for the desired thickness of my lining and that my ovaries seemed to be at rest, which is ideal because we don't want them to produce eggs yet. We received approval from the doctor to begin our STIM injections tonight. Brady, being best husband ever, prepared all the medications and administered the shots. They weren't as bad as I feared, thankfully—icing the area for 15 minutes beforehand really helps! For those unfamiliar with the STIM process in IVF, it involves taking several injections in the abdomen for 8-14 days to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. We aim to harvest as many eggs as possible because the number tends to decrease at each stage of IVF. We are thankful for any and all prayers. Xoxo, Sara";}

    Insurance Hurdles and Starting STIM Shots

    2-7-24

    February 7, 2024

    Things have been a bit hectic as we prepare for our second round of IVF. Due to my autoimmune issues and the need for specialized doctors, we have to seek treatment out of state, adding complexity to an already challenging situation. Here’s the update: I’ve been on Enoxaparin injections since January 8th, but there were issues with insurance when I requested more than the pharmacy’s limit for our travel. It’s always something with insurance. After numerous phone calls and enduring long waits on hold, I discovered that my insurance had changed the coverage for my injections without informing me. All this back and forth is enough to cause anyone a headache. In the end, I learned that we now need to pay out of pocket for the remaining Enoxaparin shots. The price has jumped from $28 for 10 shots to $352. Needless to say, we’re very grateful for any support through the Lend A Hand Up Fundraiser, especially at times like these when unexpected costs arise.

    This morning, we had my baseline ultrasound. The nurse reported that everything looked normal for the desired thickness of my lining and that my ovaries seemed to be at rest, which is ideal because we don’t want them to produce eggs yet. We received approval from the doctor to begin our STIM injections tonight. Brady, being best husband ever, prepared all the medications and administered the shots. They weren’t as bad as I feared, thankfully—icing the area for 15 minutes beforehand really helps!

    For those unfamiliar with the STIM process in IVF, it involves taking several injections in the abdomen for 8-14 days to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. We aim to harvest as many eggs as possible because the number tends to decrease at each stage of IVF.

    We are thankful for any and all prayers.

    Xoxo,
    Sara

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:7:"1-21-24";s:5:"title";s:36:"Navigating Lupus: Hematology Results";s:7:"details";s:2396:"On January 15, 2024, I had my follow-up appointment with the hematologist. I was nervous going into the appointment as I had to do labs a few days before and a few results came back abnormal. The last thing I wanted was to go on Dr. Google and search what those abnormalities meant because I feel like worst-case scenarios always lead to cancer. So, I patiently waited for the nurse to call me back. When the doctor walked in, he was super nice. The first question he asked me was, "Do you know why you are here?" I was a little taken back as no doctor had asked me that before. I sort of knew the reason, but I mostly knew it was a referral from rheumatology. He smiled and said, "Okay, I just wanted to make sure we get what you are looking for out of this appointment." He dove into some of the lab results. He started with the good news. He said that from a hematology standpoint, he was not too concerned about my labs, but he was concerned about the Lupus test results. He informed me that I have what is called "triple positive", meaning that my Cardiolipin IGG/IGM, Beta-2 Glycoprotein, and Lupus anticoagulant tests are positive. What does that mean for me? He educated me on the importance of moving my body and monitoring any and all symptoms, even if they seem unrelated, because I am more likely to have a blood clot. He noted that I should continue to monitor and document any and all symptoms because Lupus can impact any part of the body. Blood-thinning shots: I have taken the shots for 13 days now, and the bruising is very noticeable. While I have been a champ at taking them, it's pretty evident that I will have a lot more bruising before these shots end. Brady is the best nurse! Most days he gives me the shot, so I don't have to think about it or muster up the courage. If you didn't know, you have to be consistent with these shots and take them at the same time every night. We decided to take them at 8:30 p.m. because most nights we are home. Well, recently we went to a comedy show that started at 8 p.m., so I had to bring the shot with me and administer it myself in the ladies' room at Fargo Brewing. That's the thing with infertility: it stops for no one and doesn't care about your schedule; the shots must be done. With each shot, I pray that God is leading us down a path to a miracle on the other side. Love, Sara";}

    Navigating Lupus: Hematology Results

    1-21-24

    On January 15, 2024, I had my follow-up appointment with the hematologist. I was nervous going into the appointment as I had to do labs a few days before and a few results came back abnormal. The last thing I wanted was to go on Dr. Google and search what those abnormalities meant because I feel like worst-case scenarios always lead to cancer. So, I patiently waited for the nurse to call me back.

    When the doctor walked in, he was super nice. The first question he asked me was, “Do you know why you are here?” I was a little taken back as no doctor had asked me that before. I sort of knew the reason, but I mostly knew it was a referral from rheumatology. He smiled and said, “Okay, I just wanted to make sure we get what you are looking for out of this appointment.” He dove into some of the lab results. He started with the good news. He said that from a hematology standpoint, he was not too concerned about my labs, but he was concerned about the Lupus test results. He informed me that I have what is called “triple positive”, meaning that my Cardiolipin IGG/IGM, Beta-2 Glycoprotein, and Lupus anticoagulant tests are positive. What does that mean for me? He educated me on the importance of moving my body and monitoring any and all symptoms, even if they seem unrelated, because I am more likely to have a blood clot. He noted that I should continue to monitor and document any and all symptoms because Lupus can impact any part of the body.

    Blood-thinning shots:
    I have taken the shots for 13 days now, and the bruising is very noticeable. While I have been a champ at taking them, it’s pretty evident that I will have a lot more bruising before these shots end. Brady is the best nurse! Most days he gives me the shot, so I don’t have to think about it or muster up the courage.

    If you didn’t know, you have to be consistent with these shots and take them at the same time every night. We decided to take them at 8:30 p.m. because most nights we are home. Well, recently we went to a comedy show that started at 8 p.m., so I had to bring the shot with me and administer it myself in the ladies’ room at Fargo Brewing. That’s the thing with infertility: it stops for no one and doesn’t care about your schedule; the shots must be done.

    With each shot, I pray that God is leading us down a path to a miracle on the other side.

    Love,
    Sara

  • a:3:{s:4:"date";s:10:"01-10-2024";s:5:"title";s:52:"IVF Round 2 Begins: Asking for Blessings and Prayers";s:7:"details";s:2232:"Last week we received our shipment of stimulation medication. Buying medication overseas was the cheapest option for us, but definitely not the easiest. When we say "cheapest" we don’t mean cheap; we mean it was the least expensive alternative. Going into our second round of IVF while knowingly battling autoimmune diseases, Sara was prescribed the highest dose possible in the hope that her body would respond well. With that said, we had to order double the medication compared to the first round. Placing such a large order online through an overseas website was nerve-wracking, but when the packages arrived on our doorstep, we were excited that we had actually received them without any shipping complications. As we unboxed the medicine, we quickly put the Gonal-F in the fridge to keep it cold. There were a lot more medications than we were expecting, so we had to do some reorganizing to fit everything in the fridge. On Monday, January 8th, Sara started the first of the medications on the list, which includes a daily shot of Clexane. Sara braved the first shot on her own as she was on a work trip, but moving forward, Brady will be her trusty nurse and administer the shot. Starting this shot makes the reality of how close we are to the “big shots” for egg retrieval very tangible, and how real this next round of IVF is going to be. It makes us second guess ourselves - "Have we done everything needed to best prepare us for this round?” “Did we make the right decision in choosing this clinic?”, “Can we afford this round of IVF financially?” With God on our side, we are optimistic that this round will provide us with better results than we have had before. But there is always the devil on the other shoulder telling you the harsh reality of the situation and bringing back the heartbreak from our previous miscarriage of our only embryo. Dear God, bless us as we start this journey and bless Sara’s body, the medication, the team of doctors, and our family to help us reach our dream of becoming parents after this cycle of IVF. We thank everyone for their prayers and continue to ask for your prayers as we will continue to need them as we embark on our second round of IVF.";}

    IVF Round 2 Begins: Asking for Blessings and Prayers

    01-10-2024

    Last week we received our shipment of stimulation medication. Buying medication overseas was the cheapest option for us, but definitely not the easiest. When we say “cheapest” we don’t mean cheap; we mean it was the least expensive alternative.

    Going into our second round of IVF while knowingly battling autoimmune diseases, Sara was prescribed the highest dose possible in the hope that her body would respond well. With that said, we had to order double the medication compared to the first round. Placing such a large order online through an overseas website was nerve-wracking, but when the packages arrived on our doorstep, we were excited that we had actually received them without any shipping complications.

    As we unboxed the medicine, we quickly put the Gonal-F in the fridge to keep it cold. There were a lot more medications than we were expecting, so we had to do some reorganizing to fit everything in the fridge.

    On Monday, January 8th, Sara started the first of the medications on the list, which includes a daily shot of Clexane. Sara braved the first shot on her own as she was on a work trip, but moving forward, Brady will be her trusty nurse and administer the shot. Starting this shot makes the reality of how close we are to the “big shots” for egg retrieval very tangible, and how real this next round of IVF is going to be. It makes us second guess ourselves – “Have we done everything needed to best prepare us for this round?” “Did we make the right decision in choosing this clinic?”, “Can we afford this round of IVF financially?”

    With God on our side, we are optimistic that this round will provide us with better results than we have had before. But there is always the devil on the other shoulder telling you the harsh reality of the situation and bringing back the heartbreak from our previous miscarriage of our only embryo.

    Dear God, bless us as we start this journey and bless Sara’s body, the medication, the team of doctors, and our family to help us reach our dream of becoming parents after this cycle of IVF. We thank everyone for their prayers and continue to ask for your prayers as we will continue to need them as we embark on our second round of IVF.

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  1. Kristi

    God bless and good luck.

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Pancake Fundraiser for Sara & Brady

Date: March 16, 2024
Time: 8am-12pm
Location: True North Church (4837 Amber Valley Pkwy S Suite 1, Fargo, ND 58104)

With our pancake feed fundraiser just shy of two months away, we are still in need of a lot of help. Ways you can help us include:

  • Sharing the event with friends and family
  • Providing gifts for the silent auction
  • Donate to our page to help us reach our goal and get the full 20% match
  • Share, Share, Share 🙂

Thank you to the generous donors, volunteers, and all those that have played a part in getting the ball rolling thus far. We want to express our appreciation for the outpouring of love and kindness that has been shown.

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  1. Kristi

    God bless and good luck.

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