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Apr 16, 2014 3:13 PM by Elizabeth Hill

Acadiana organization offers hope for families facing infertility

"For me there was a sense of failure as a wife, as a woman."

Beth McCleery and husband Eric started trying to get pregnant as soon as they were married.

"I just had a feeling that something was wrong."

A fertility doctor confirmed Beth's suspicion.

"I thought that it could be fixed very easily. I thought medication or something smaller would fix it and that I'd be able to get pregnant."

After trying several different treatments without success, the McCleery's considered in vitro fertilization, knowing that it could cost tens of thousands of dollars.

"It's like the air is let out of your balloon because now you're back to square one," says Eric.

"We were kind of just waiting to save up the money to have invitro when we applied for the Gift of Hope," says Beth.

The McCleery's were granted the treatment and in April of 2009 Beth gave birth to Grace-Ann.

Before becoming pregnant, Beth says with each step they took that didn't work, the feelings of failure and hopelessness grew.

"I knew I wanted to be a mother, I knew I wanted to have a family and failure was hard to swallow."

"It drew us closer together, but it was still tough to know that your wife is going through that and you have to watch her struggle."

Looking back the McCleery's say their struggle was a small price to pay for their little miracle.

"Looking now at Grace-Ann and seeing my family it's like, man, I'd do it three times over."

If you are interested in learning more about the Gift of Hope and how to apply you can click here.



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