Hope & Perseverance

Like most classic love stories, Zach and I fell in love, married and started trying to build a family. Months turned into years, but with IVF and an amazing team of doctors, we were successful in conceiving our first son, Colton.

Like many others, we yearned for Colton to have a sibling but in addition to my infertility, I was also diagnosed with Asherman’s Syndrome (uterine scar tissue). Doctor appointments and my medical trials started to consume our life outside of work resulting in many cancelled plans and vacations. Our friend Amy desperately wanted to help us and realized that she in fact could. With several prayers and signs in her daily life pointing her toward the answer, she offered to be our surrogate. In the interim, I found myself pregnant with twins! We heard their heartbeats at 7 weeks but were devastated soon after to find that we lost both of them. 

During a surgery to remove a fibroid sometime after, I was woken to my mom having to deliver more news to me. I would never be able to carry a baby again. It was then, we turned to Amy and moved forward with her as our gestational carrier. The gift of life she’s provided to Clayton has humbled us beyond measure. I can’t even begin to think of words to say ‘thank you as those words don’t even exist. Clayton will forever know his story, and know that Amy is the amazing angel that made his life possible.

We are now in our 13th year of our journey and another amazing angel has offered to help us as a carrier. We have remaining embryos and will be attempting IVF transfer in the weeks ahead. Her offer is once again- indescribable in words. ❤️🌈

Melissa Konal Keen