Jeremy and Kia Roop met through mutual friends in the summer of 2001. Instantly they formed a connection and quickly became each other’s best friend. In 2004, they began dating. They were young, but knew that the Lord had designed them for each other. They were engaged in 2007 and married in July of 2008. They had hopes of starting their family right away, but the Lord had other plans. A year after they were married, Jeremy and Kia moved to Michigan where they served as Relief Houseparents at a children’s home. During this time, they continued to struggle with their infertility and after two years of trying on their own, they decided to go to the doctors to see what their next options were. Due to their age and health, the doctor decided to have them try a medication called Clomid, which would help increase the production of Kia’s eggs. After three months of trying Clomid, they still had not conceived, and the doctor then referred them to a fertility specialist. The fertility specialist ran many tests of both of them, and discovered Kia had endometriosis, and a dipped uterus while Jeremy had a low sperm count and motility rate. So in February of 2011, Kia had surgery to fix the shape of her uterus and to remove the endometriosis in her tubes. In April, Jeremy and Kia began the Invitro Fertilization (IVF) Process. On May 13, 2011, they had their first embryo transfer. The doctor had recommended that they transfer 2 embryos in order to give them their best shot at conceiving a baby. Two weeks later, the Roop’s were devastated and heartbroken to find out they had lost both of their embryos.
The Roop’s decided to move back to be closer with family and they did so in the fall of 2011. During this time, they heard of another fertility clinic in their area that provided a Shared\-risk guarantee. They made an appointment and after much discussion with their new doctor, decided they would give IVF another shot under this money back guarantee. In June of 2012, Kia began treatments again, but due to the medication, her ovaries became over stimulated and began producing fluid. They were able to successfully retrieve the eggs, but the transfer of the embryo would be put on hold for two months to allow Kia’s body time to recover. In the meantime, they decided to freeze all 5 of their embryos until Kia could do the transfer. In August, Kia began the process of a frozen embryo transfer \(FET\). The process went great and on August 21, 2012 they transferred one of their embryos. After waiting two very long weeks, they finally heard the words they had been waiting to hear for 4 years…they were pregnant!
Kia went on to have a very healthy pregnancy and on May 13, 2013 \(two years to the day after their initial embryo transfer\) they delivered a very healthy and happy baby boy, Judah Zion, which means Praise God in the Highest!
The Roop’s still had 4 remaining embryos and planned to use them to try for another baby again in the future. In October of 2014, the Roop’s decided they were ready to try again, and began scheduling appointments with their doctor to start another FET cycle. They began the process in December 2014, and again, everything went smoothly and they transferred one embryo on January 16, 2015. At the end of January, Kia took a pregnancy test and once again, they were pregnant!
The Roop’s were so excited and told all of their friends and family who also rejoiced and praised the Lord with them. A few days later, Kia had blood work done to make sure they baby was growing healthily and discovered they were miscarrying their baby. They were heartbroken over the loss but tried to find peace in knowing they would see their baby again in heaven one day. Kia went back for blood work a few days later, and it was discovered that she was not miscarrying the baby, but instead was having an cervical ectopic pregnancy. She was given treatment for the ectopic pregnancy and once again the Roop’s were devastated over their loss.
The Roop’s have decided that once Kia’s body is back up to functioning and can be safe to carry a baby, they would like to try to do another FET cycle. As you can imagine, the costs of these treatments are not cheap, and it can be a struggle to find the funds to do them. Their doctor has graciously cut the cost in half for them in order to try again, but they still need to come up with a couple thousand dollars to be able to do another round of treatment. Our hope is by holding this fundraiser we will be able to help lighten their financial burden. The shirt is specifically designed \(thanks to our good friend Allen Walck\), to encourage anyone facing ANY struggle, but you will notice on the back our personal logo designed to help raise awareness for infertility. Our hope is that our shirt design will be a reminder to anyone who is going through a struggle that while the challenge you may be facing is great, Christ is greater and our hope and joy are found in Him!