My name is Lakisha Bundick and my husband and I have been trying to conceive since 2013. I was previously married and had three children from that marriage. I met my husband in 2008 and he has a son as well but we have no children together. In 2013, I had a tubal reversal and one of my tubes was taken due to endometriosis. My doctor at the time, Dr. Daniel Martin, explained to me that I still had the same chances as a 20-year-old to conceive and during that time the only diagnosis that I had was unexplained infertility because all of my hormones and test results were fine as well as my husbands.
We went on with everything as we continued doing blood work and being monitored and we continued to try. We paid out-of-pocket for the reversal as well as other tests, procedures, and medications. I had gone through a lot of procedures from checking to make sure my tube was open and there was no blockage, making sure that I was ovulating, having a cyst removed, being placed on different medications such as Clomid, letrozole and among others. The metformin made me sick and I just couldn't tolerate it no matter how I tried so at that point we decided to take a break and give my body some rest and just try on our own, to no avail. We know God promised us a baby so we have to keep trying and not give up.
I returned to the Doctor in August of 2020 for more testing and this time they added the malefactor diagnosis as well as my age and the fact that I only have one tube. Fast forward to today and we are currently still seeking treatment. Insurance only pays for testing and diagnosis but it does not pay for procedures or actual treatment such as IUI, IVF or anything of that nature so we will have to pay those expenses out-of-pocket. Because of our diagnosis, our chances are slim and recommended we do IVF.
However, IVF is so extremely expensive and we still have to live and still have other things that have to be taken care of so we decided to go with IUI because we believe in God, we believe God is faithful and we are standing on his word and we are trusting him regardless of the struggle and regardless of the process. We are trusting God for this because he said that this was our portion and He promised, so we believe and we have believed throughout this entire process. Regardless of the diagnoses, procedures and process we choose to stand on the word of the Lord.
That is a portion of our story and I could really go into detail but it will be so much more about the frustration regarding the ups and downs and the heartache at times. We know that we cannot give up and we must continue to walk this walk. That is why my heart is to be an advocate for women who are going through the same process, heartache and who cannot afford even the things that we have been able to afford this far by the grace of God. For the other women and the other couples that cannot afford any treatment, I want to be a help to those women in any way that I can if it's telling our story because our story is not over.
We will see the promise and we will have our baby. Any encouragement and whatever I can do to give back is my heart's desire to do. This is very very very important to me and is very near and dear to my heart. Thank you again for this opportunity.
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