I had to undergo a partial hysterectomy following hemorrhage a week after the birth of my son. I was in surgery over 6 hours and lost more blood than was in my body. I was sedated in intensive care for over 24 hours and the day I woke up I was a mess. I was in pain, confused and disorientated. My husband decided that it would be an appropriate time to tell me what the doctors had done to my body, that they had given me a hysterectomy and that they had saved my life. I was heartbroken, completely devastated. The only thing that could comfort me was looking at my baby boy and feeling grateful for being able to have the opportunity to see him grow up. I was grieving for all the children we would never have. How would it affect my relationship with my husband? Would people know I was incomplete? Was I still a woman? I felt like a failure. So many things were rushing through my head. The doctors managed to save my ovaries so I could have a chance to have another biological child. My husband and I are now ready to complete our family and give a sibling to our son. We are looking for a surrogate to be part of this journey with us and bring our dream of having another child to life.
We are Linda and Christoph. We have been in love for over 10 years and married for 7 years. We have a 3 1/2 years old son, Christoph Balthazar. We live in Palo Alto, CA. Christoph is German and I am French. We have been living in the US for 8 years. Christoph teaches a class in sustainability at Stanford University and I mentor and advise female entrepreneurs.