Last week, I finally wrote my letter. Here it is. And then, you can read Dr. Coddington's personal response.
Dear. Dr. Coddington & Staff (especially Mary, Nancy, and Roxanne),
We first came to your offices in 2003. At the time, Dr. Coddington was not on staff. We Began infertility treatments and then had to take a "forced break" when your offices closed for a year for restructuring.
What followed was three unsuccessful attempts with Clomid, five failed IUI attempts, and 2 retrievals (4 attempts) ... all negative.
We took a break from infertility treatments in 2007 still childless. We were fairly certain that a biological child was just not in the cards for us.
What followed was a whirlwind -- we adopted a son and had two surprise pregnancies -- completely natural.
With three young children now (ages 4, 3, and 1), we returned to your office in December of 2012 for a final transfer. You worked with us from our overseas location (Portugal) to facilitate a transfer. We had seven embryos remaining. Two made it to transfer.
I remember Roxanne said, "There go your two shooting stars" as they were dropped into my womb.
And one of those shooting stars joined us on this earth on July 16, 2013. Hannah Joy Kitsteiner weighing an incredible 10 pounds 2 ounces at 39 weeks became our fourth child.
While no one enjoys infertility treatments, my memories of your office staff were always good ones. I was treated with kindness, patience, and encouragement at every single one of my appointments, ultrasounds, and procedures (of which there were more than I could ever possibly count.)
We are now the incredibly proud parents of Isaac John (5), Elijah Luke (4), Abigail Grace (2), and Hannah Joy (now 2 months.) We like to call her our fifty thousand dollar baby. All those years of pain and heartache brought us the exact family God always wanted us to have!
Dr. Coddington, you are one of the kindest most gentle and wonderful doctors I have ever met. THANK YOU for devoting your life to women like me -- for somehow understanding, despite the obvious fact that you are not a woman, what it feels like to be childless and how important it is to have a chance at motherhood.
Please feel free to share this letter with anyone whom you feel it would be appropriate. I have attached some pictures of our family -- perfect in every way thanks to you and your staff.
I hope to stop by some day when we are back in Minnesota and allow you to meet all of my children but especially Hannah Joy. Thank you for bringing her to us!
Dr. John and Wendi Kitsteiner
Words cannot express the emotion that I have when I receive comments as yours. It is what it is all about. You have made my day and I will share this with our team. Without them, we would not have the wonderful success you enjoy.
All the best to you this Holiday Season.
And John we appreciate your continued service to our country!
Dr. Charles Coddington