Overstreet Family Story
Chloe Elizabeth Overstreet
Eight and a half years is a long time to wait for a miracle. But we are happy to say that we have received ours.
My husband and I met and fell in love while we were in college. We grew closer and closer until one day, he asked me to marry him. We knew from the moment we met each other that having children was high on our priority list. We both loved children, and couldn’t wait to start our own family. I remember the day distinctly - we had just moved into our new apartment, we had finished dinner, and Rick was working on the computer. I asked him if we could talk. I told him that I was ready - I wanted to start our family. He agreed that it was a good time. We talked more, the excitement grew… and of course I cried. I was excited that it was really going to happen. We were “officially” trying to start our family. Little did I know that that excitement, and that trying would go month after month, year after year, unanswered.
I prayed, we prayed, our families prayed. We didn’t understand why we couldn’t conceive. We sought help from doctor after doctor, and specialist after specialist. Years passed. Each month hoping, and praying, and each month being crushed. The excitement turned to resentment - resentment for those friends and family members who could have baby after baby without even “thinking about it!” Many years I skipped Mothers Day at church, because it was just too painful. I couldn’t watch another couple receive another rose that represented yet another baby that they had brought into the world. We became bitter, frustrated, depressed and angry.
Realizing our attitude and our emotions were not helping the situation, Rick and I looked for more help, and that is when we found Dr. Yalcinkaya. Dr. Yalcinkaya’s calming, knowledgeable attitude was just what we needed. He listened. We had never met another doctor like him. It was as if he wanted this baby as badly as we did. It was like he understood every emotion that we had felt. He had a quiet confidence that just made us sure that we had picked the right practice.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Yalcinkaya, and the whole reproductive team took my case very seriously. They were supportive and friendly, but most of all, knowledgeable. It wasn’t only “book smarts” though. It was knowledge about how to treat their patient - how to “read” us, each time we came for an appointment. It was like they knew exactly what we were going through. They were our cheerleaders, our shoulders to cry on, our encouragers, and our friends!
Thinking back to the years of trying to have a child I can remember there were many nights that we would go to bed with tears in our eyes and pain in our hearts wondering if it would ever happen… now we go to bed with tears in our eyes and gratitude in our hearts. We are so thankful to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Yalcinkaya, and to God, that our dreams have come true. Chloe Elizabeth was born on September 17, 2009. She is the joy of our lives. We will be forever grateful!
Marli, Rick and Chloe Elizabeth Overstreet