Obviously, I had a little morning sickness in the beginning of the pregnancy and heartburn at the end, but it wasn’t until the last two weeks that I started to feel bad.
ENCINO, Calif. (PRWEB) February 06, 2018
Alexandra (“Alex”) Betts, age 23, is a woman who everyone describes as “kind and caring,” states a January 28, 2018, blog posted by Center for Surrogate Parenting(CSP). Alex was inspired to investigate surrogacy after watching her close friend struggle to conceive a child and became a CSP surrogate mother and was matched with a lovely couple.
Throughout Alex’s surrogate pregnancy she was the picture of health. “During the pregnancy I felt fine all the way through,” said Alex. “Obviously, I had a little morning sickness in the beginning of the pregnancy and heartburn at the end, but it wasn’t until the last two weeks that I started to feel bad.”
On November 29, 2017, Alex gave birth to a beautiful, healthy 7-pound, 2-ounce baby girl. Unfortunately, it was during the joy of her labor and the baby’s birth that Alex received the startling news that something was very wrong with her blood test results: her white blood cell count was over 80,000 white blood cells per microliter of blood — the average range is between 3,500 and 10,500. Just three days after giving birth, Alex was told by doctors that she had Acute T-cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the rarest form of cancer in adults.
Alex recently traveled to Stanford University Medical Center to discuss options for her bone marrow transplant and have some testing done. Thankfully, it was discovered that both of her brothers were a positive match for donation.
Despite all that she has been through, Alex remains optimistic about the future. She is thankful for the early detection of her illness and the quick treatment that she received. She says that if she had not chosen to help a family by becoming a surrogate mother, it is doubtful that she would have caught the cancer as early as she did.
Alex will have to remain close to Stanford University Medical Center after her bone marrow transplant. While Alex is thankful to have medical insurance, her copays are high and she is still responsible for her living expenses and childcare. Without any income, the bills are quickly piling up. She has started a GoFundMe account to help offset the cost of these expenses.
To donate to Alex Betts’ GoFundMe account, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/medical-fund-for-sudden-leukemia. To read the CSP blog in its entirety, please visit http://www.creatingfamilies.com/blog/.
About Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc.
Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc. has been helping intended parents for over 38 years to become parents. It is a world-renowned surrogacy agency with offices in Encino, CA, and Annapolis, MD. Center for Surrogate Parenting currently has surrogate moms in 35 states in America. For more information, please call the Encino office at (818) 788-8288, the Annapolis office at (410) 224-0151, or visit http://www.creatingfamilies.com.
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