For the past seven years, Erick and Whitney Anderson have tried and tried and tried to have children. They’ve prayed countless hours, struggled to put on happy faces when surrounded by friends with families, and at times isolated themselves in despair.
They’ve consulted doctors in Roanoke and Charlottesville: gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists and a hematologist.
Whitney, 35, has had surgery twice. Three times she was artificially inseminated. Seven times they’ve tried in vitro fertilization. They’ve spent more than $40,000 in pursuit of a family, and they’re still spending.
The results? Five miscarriages, each more crushing than the last.
They formed an infertility support group here in Roanoke, and Whitney started a blog on the subject, whitneyanderick.com.
Whitney and I met at a coffee shop in Salem on Tuesday morning. She’s a Salem native and Virginia Tech graduate who works in Roanoke College’s public relations department. Read more »