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Photography by Madison James Photography
Two months after Mike proposed to Cindy, doctors gave Cindy devastating news. She had cancer and would need a hysterectomy followed by treatment. Mike and Cindy embraced the news and moved forward knowing they would not be able to have a family. Eight years later, Cindy and Mike decided they did want to have the family they longed for and started the process of in vitro. A wonderful and very dear friend offered to give up nine months of her life as their gestational carrier so Cindy and Mike could have the family they had always wanted. Cindy and Mike went through a month of shots, sonograms and blood work that culminated on the day the doctors retrieved her eggs. Shortly after waking from the anesthesia, Cindy and Mike received the news that only three eggs were recovered. The average is normally 15 eggs. Cindy remembers that day well saying, “I think that day I realized our story was over. No happy ending for us.” Weeks after doctors implanted the eggs, Cindy and Mike found out they were not pregnant.
Cindy and Mike decided then to try the route of adoption to start their family. They were excited when they found a birthmother who was expecting twins and she selected Mike and Cindy to adopt her babies. Six months into the birthmother’s pregnancy Cindy and Mike received the news that the birthmother had changed her mind and wanted to keep her babies.