Hi! It’s Ala and Tom here!

We’ve been trying to conceive a baby for more than 5 years now, since we got married in 2013.

Since it wasn’t happening for us, we decided to get some answers. This was November 2015.

It took almost exactly one year of doctor visits and fertility specialists, after many tests and ultrasounds, our doctor noticed that there is something funny going on with my fallopian tubes.

On November 28th, 2016, I had a surgery called a diagnostic laparoscopy where I was put under full anesthesia, and my doctor made two incisions – one on the side of my belly and one in my belly button – and went into my body with a tiny camera to check out my tubes.

Two and a half weeks later, on December 14th 2016, we finally got some answers. It turns out that my fallopian tubes are no good! They are both completely blocked, dilated and full of fluid. This is a condition called hydrosalpinges. We also found out that I have a reduced ovarian reserve which means I have fewer eggs left than the average lady at my age. Once my eggs are gone, they are gone!

The GOOD NEWS is that on January 9th, 2017 I had another surgery, this time to remove both of my tubes completely, it’s called a Laparoscopic Bilateral Salpingectomy.

As a result, I will NEVER have the opportunity to conceive a baby naturally – EVER.

But, on the positive side (and those who know me, know that I always find a positive side to everything) removing my tubes will increase our chances to conceive a baby through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

This is really exciting news because it means that we can still have a baby and there is HOPE!

Unfortunately, the cost of our IVF treatment is NOT covered by healthcare. Time is also of the essence since now we know that my egg reserves are low.

In December 2016, we launched a GoFundMe campaign and reached out to our family and friends, and anyone else who is inspired to help and support.

We decided to create a Go Fund Me page so that you can follow our journey. That’s when we started to post update videos as we go through this crazy and difficult, yet exciting journey towards making a baby! Thank you for all your support! We love you!

Since then, I launched this website to continue sharing our IVF journey to making a baby.

We hope to help others going through a similar journey by knowing you’re not alone!

Ala & Tom Fulwood

Our Love Story…

I’d like to share a little about us as a couple, and how we came to be husband and wife!

Our story starts at the beginning of 2008, in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia. We were both backpackers and met on a special night out and danced the night away. We ended up working and living at the same hostel and our love story began. At the end of our working holiday visa’s, we had to return home – for Tom it was Rotherham England, for me it was Ottawa, Canada.

For 10 months we developed an even stronger bond through a long distance relationship, until finally I decided to move to England to be with Tom in July 2009.

We made a home together in England for 2 years before deciding to make the move over to Canada. For years we went through the immigration process with Tom and he is now finally a proud permanent resident of Canada!

In June 2012 we were on a trip to see Tom’s family in England, on the way back to Canada, we stopped in beautiful Iceland where Tom popped the question! I said, “Yes!”

We were married the next year!

We now have 2 awesome doggies, Ruby and Stella, and can’t wait to grow our family with a little baby Fulwood.

The money that we raise through our Go Fund Me page is all used for IVF and the medications that go along with the treatment!

To give you an idea, the medications I will be taking are in the form of daily injections that cost $6,000. Then once we are ready for the actual IVF cycle, this could cost $7,000.

The total cost for a baby is between $13,000 per IVF cycle.

If you are able to donate – any amount counts – you will be part of creating a new human being! A little Tom & Ala mix! He/she will have been created with the help of your kindness! That’s very special!

#BabyFulwood