Meet Susie and Tony Troxler of North Carolina. The Troxler’s have been trying to have a child for almost a decade, and after trying for years, the pair, 50 and 61 years old, are now parents to a beautiful newborn baby girl.
Susie said that this is a surreal experience. “I don’t even have the words. It’s surreal.” Susie told TODAY, Parents. “I still can’t believe it. I spent so much time being me, first and then being a wife. So, now this idea of being a mom is… it’s still a ‘wow’ for me.”
The Troxler’s have had their fair share of obstacles trying to conceive. But, they never gave up their hopes of having a child.” Susie told TODAY, “We didn’t even realize there was a fertility issue when we got married because we were just doing the couple thing. I was working, he was working, and we were just busy.”
With help from the Carolinas Ferritlity Institute in Greensboro, The Troxler’s found out Susie was suffering from fibroids, otherwise known as noncancerous growths of the uterus, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Susie was also diagnosed with endometriosis, a painful gynecological condition where endometrial-type tissue grows outside the uterus.
The couple decided that even with all the risks, including gestational diabetes, premature birth, and fetal chromosomal abnormalities. They still wanted to push forward with their decision.
“The doctor was very clear that this was going to be an uphill battle from beginning to end,” said Susie. “I had fibroid surgery in January of 2019, went through the healing process, and then they collected egg after egg. I went through several rounds of egg retrieval and the insemination of eggs, and none of it took. Nothing, nothing, nothing.”
“It was not going to happen,” Susie said. “There wasn’t supposed to be a baby.” “We had that second embryo frozen, and we knew we didn’t want to leave it frozen forever. So we moved forward, and they did an embryo transfer. And here we are… parents,” she added.