Patient Stories

Nicole

Nicole is a passionate patient advocate and the co-founder of IVF4BC. Having experienced firsthand the emotional and financial toll of this unsupported medical condition in BC, IVF4BC was created to help others and to bring change. Together we can make a difference!

Misty

At the age of 26, Misty did two fresh cycles of IVF at a cost of $18,000, opting to put back two embryos per cycle in an attempt to maximize her chances of getting pregnant. To her surprise, both embryos took, resulting in twins. She endured a complicated, high risk pregnancy, delivering at 32 weeks. The twins were born with low birth weight and feeding complications that required a five and a half week stay in the NICU.

Nick

Nick and his wife struggled with infertility for 6 years. It turned out Nick had a benign tumour on his pituitary gland leading to low sperm count. Nick began treatment for the tumour but his sperm count never recovered. IVF was their only option to have a child but they couldn’t afford it. Nick turned to a crowd sourcing campaign and was able to raise enough money for one round of IVF. They were lucky enough for that round to be successful and in March 2014 had a son.

Mary Jane

Mary Jane, a professional photographer specializing in maternity and newborn portraits, was reminded everyday through her work of the dream that kept eluding her. She struggled for 4 years with infertility, spending $38,000 for treatments, until she was blessed with a daughter. It was by opening up and sharing with her clients, many of whom went through similar struggles and shared their stories, that she was able to keep going and is why she is advocating for more government support today.

Kirstin

Kirstin underwent IVF with ISCI and CCS in late 2014 after being diagnosed with unexplained infertility, three failed IUIs and a miscarriage. They were lucky to have a healthy 9lb baby boy 41 weeks later but the process cost their young family almost $20,000. She is now a passionate patient advocate who believes everyone who requires medical treatment for fertility should have fair and equal access to it.

John

John from Prince George, was in shock when he learned that the "morphology" -- the shape of his sperm cells -- is not conducive to fertilization. "We have less than a 1% chance of conceiving naturally, basically 0%. I can't believe it... this means I may never have kids because I can't afford to get treatments in Vancouver!"

Share Your Story