“I always wanted to make a difference somewhere, somehow but I didn’t know how until I signed up to be an egg donor.
I also donate blood every second month and it makes me feel very good, knowing that my blood possibly saves someone’s life. With donating eggs it’s a little different. I’m not saving a life here, I’m helping create a new life – a little miracle who will grow up with parents who went the extra mile to have him/her, and there’s this unexplainable emotional connection that you have with your recipient. Although you know you’ll never, ever get to meet your recipient, you still feel as if you’ve known her all your life and you pray for her as if she’s part of your family.
I really don’t know how else to explain it, but what I do know is it makes me feel really, really good.
“So today is the end of my journey as an egg donor, but a new one for my recipient.
The Doctor retrieved 20 beautiful eggs today. I hope and pray that when they do the blood test that it will come back positive.
I feel a little sad because there won’t be visits to the Dr anymore, I’m going to miss all the friendly faces at the Cape Fertility Clinic. I would like to say thank you to Dr Matebese – she’s just awesome! Thanks to the Nurse who gave me two warm water bottles and two blankets because I was shivering after the retrieval, but there was no pain at all, and also to the other kind nurse who held my hand until I was asleep, thank you very much! They are all such wonderful people.
Thank you to you Melany for your support, I do appreciate it and to the rest of the Nurture team, you’re awesome!
A message to my recipient:
Thank you very much for choosing me to be your donor, I’m sure there were plenty to choose from but still you chose me. I feel so blessed and honoured, oh gosh I’m gonna cry…
You have no idea what this means to me, I cannot describe it in words, even if I want to.
The gift: I have no idea how you knew I would love it so much, I couldn’t wait to get home to fit it on. I totally love it, thank you so very much, I appreciate it!
In the meantime I’ll be praying non-stop for a miracle.
Thanks again to everyone.
A beautiful egg donor’s message to a potential recipient:
“I would like you to take a moment to think about the opportunity you would have from receiving eggs from a donor. Those reasons are why I would like you to have mine. I would like you to have the opportunity to have unconditional love in your life, to be able to wake up knowing that you’ve created a life that is completely dependent on you is the most euphoric feeling I have ever had the privilege to encounter. Parenthood requires love not DNA”
“I hope that the baby born out of my egg will be cherished and loved extraordinarily, because he/she will be an extraordinary baby.
I’ve only played a very small part, but you will play such a tremendous part in giving life to this baby and I hope he/she turns out to be amazing”.
We love this reply to the (anonymous) survey in which we ask an egg donor whether she would donate again:
“This was a very pleasant experience for me. The entire process was awesome and I’m so surprised that more people don’t donate. I saw the entire procedure as donating some extra tools from my shed for someone else to grow a little garden. Its a very cool feeling to be able to help someone by doing almost nothing, so much that I actually felt a bit guilty for receiving ‘compensation’ for the donation as this was no effort at all. It takes a village to raise a child, I would definitely do this again.”
“Wow, first off I just want to say what a blessing it has been to be able to go through this whole experience. When I got the email to say that I had been chosen as your egg donor I had tears in my eyes.
As the egg retrieval day comes closer I get more and more excited. I know I can’t even begin to imagine how you must be feeling at this point in time, but I truly can’t wait to hand the baton over to you and cheer you on for the rest of your journey.
Even though I don’t know you, you are in my thoughts daily, and will continue to be. I wish you all the best, and I’m sending you all the love and good vibes that I can.