“You will never be able to get Pregnant.” Hearing those words can be devastating to any woman, at any time. But as a teenager with an entire future of endless possibilities ahead of you that news can be particularly daunting. Becoming a woman brings many changes, but for Sara McCarter it also brought a difficult diagnosis. Hearing those words from her doctor was life altering. But now, a new opportunity proves that although you may have to take a different path you can still reach your desired destination.
I was a teenager when I first found out about my condition. I was born without a uterus. The condition is called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster- Hauser Syndrome (MRKH) and it affects about 1 in 4500 women. The severities of this syndrome vary, but all women who suffer from MRKH face one consistent truth: you will never be able to get pregnant. Accepting this diagnosis was an emo- tional battle, but overtime and as I grew older, I was able to have a more optimistic look on my future. However, the condition continued to loom over me when it came to matters of the heart and falling in love.
When I met my husband, Zack, I was so afraid that I would ruin his chance of being a father. I held back and tried not to get involved for his sake. Well, true love is very persistent and he stole my heart anyway. He has been by my side and sup- portive ever since. I have known for a long time that I’ve wanted to have a family and that it would
be a difficult process. I have healthy ovaries, so I can still have children but they would need to be carried by a surrogate. A friend and fellow MRKH sister connected me with an organization that offered to help with the surrogacy process. Now, thanks to Surrogacy Together and Expect Miracles my prayers have been answered; I’m getting the chance to become a mother!
Being a family with my husband means the world to us both. To be able to have so much love and not be able to share it with a little miracle is heart wrenching. We can’t wait to be the best parents we can be and for our love to grow. I am extremely excited to start our surrogacy journey and also be living proof that infertility, whatever the diagnosis may be, is not the end of the road to parenthood. Today, I am more determined then ever to beat MRKH and prove that my desire to become a mother can overcome the challenges and together we will reach our destination.