Colleen wanted to be a mother for as long as she could remember. Like most teenage girls, she dreamed of how her life would unfold.
"I joked with my friends that I had a year to find a guy, get married and have a baby. The timeline I set out as a teenager said baby at 26," she said.
Unfortunately, life didn't go according to plan. She passed the age of 26, and was unwilling to settle down with any of the men she met. As she got closer to her mid-30s, it was time to make a decision. That being said, she knew one thing for certain: She still wants to be a mother.
Colleen had to make a choice. Would she continue trying to find the right person? Or would she have to opt for another route?
Becoming a mother
When she turned 34, she decided she would try artificial insemination. But doctors told her that her fallopian tubes may be blocked. Her chance of having a baby through this method was less than 5%. This was devastating news, but she wasn't ready to walk away just yet.
Colleen was given another option: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
Artificial insemination involves having a donor's sperm inserted in the body, while IVF is a process by which an egg is combined with sperm outside the body.
"This threw me for a loop," she recalled. "It was one thing for me to do artificial insemination on my own, but the leap to IVF was more than I was prepared for. It was scary to think of all the needles I would have to give myself and didn’t know if I could do it."
Colleen thought about it for four years, and then she finally made a life-changing decision.