Hoping for a Miracle Part 1: Meet Ashley

There's dust on them because they've been hanging in the closet for six years. After a lifetime of babysitting, and loving kids, Ashley Matulis was finally ready to have a baby of her own. 
 
Months earlier, she'd met Marc, the man of her dreams. They clicked immediately, started dating, moved in together quickly, and wanted a lot of the same things. They got married, first started trying, but no baby even a year later.

"Started worrying how long is this gonna take," said Matulis, "Here we are, six years later, and still hadn't happened."

"I was diagnosed with PCOS," said Matulis, "Essentially, my ovaries are covered in cysts so that it makes my hormones all out of whack."

Polycystic ovary syndrome is the leading cause of infertility in women. It's estimated 10 percent of women have PCOS, many don't even know it. Common symptoms are weight gain, acne, thick body hair, and missed periods.
 
"Past seven or eight years, I've had a period on my own three times maybe," said Matulis.

Ashley's doctor put her on medications to induce and regulate her cycle.  Birth control pills, Clomed, Provera, even an insulin drug Metformin. Nothing happening. In the meantime, Ashley and Marc became foster parents to children in need.

"Thought, well, if we can't have one of our own, we can at least help other kids," said Matulis, "Not knowing how hard it would be to be going through infertility and having these kids."

That just made their desire to have their own even stronger, so Ashley tried the next step: injections of HCG, the hormone that releases the eggs. That one failed. They waited two months and tried again. This time, they got an amazing four follicles, the sac which releases the egg to be fertilized.

Everything was down to a 't' and didn't work," said Matulis. "That was probably the lowest because you have four, and it didn't work. So that's when you really start questioning."

So, could it be Marc? They had him tested.

"Nothing with him," said Matulis. "Checked out? He's perfectly fine in all aspects, so it's just me. I was done because it's just... There's nothing you can do."

Bear in mind, none of this is cheap.  More than $6,000.  Mark and Ashley are a blue collar working couple.  And they didn't have infertility coverage. They looked into adoption, but Ashley says the expense and restrictions nixed that.  

"You want it so bad," said Matulis, "and there's nothing you can do to get it."

Then, on a fluke, Ashley made a call to Boston IVF, the Infertilty Treatment Center at the Women's Hospital.

"I said I'm telling you right now," said Matulis, "I don't know why I'm calling you. I have no way of doing any of these treatments.  I just had to call you."

And it was during that 30 minute phone call, Ashley learned Marc's company does have infertility coverage.
 
Within 30 seconds you have 100 percent coverage," said Matulis, "so what was an emotional day 'cause that changed everything."

And now, Ashley and Marc are setting out on a new journey to conceive a baby of their own through in vitro fertilization.

"This may or may not work," said Matulis. "If it does great. If it doesn't, this is the last attempt. I have to do it." 


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