Pregnancy
Woman miraculously gives birth to her first child at age 50 despite odds against her
Susie Troxler, 50, and her husband Tony, 61, had been trying to get pregnant for years.
Colby Maxwell
11.30.21

Fertility is a journey that many couples don’t find to be easy. It’s so often wrought with disappointment, grief, and pain. Still, that doesn’t stop people from doing everything in their power to have a baby because they know deep down that all that pain will be worth it to hold their very own baby. For one woman, that journey lasted until she was 50-years-old.

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Susie Troxler is a licensed psychologist living in High Point, North Carolina.

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Troxler has recently gotten some media attention when she finally reached a life goal. At 50-years-old, her goal wasn’t like most. Many quinquagenarians’ (people in their 50s), “big goals” look like running a 5K race or learning how to paint. For Troxler, it was to have a baby.

Fertility is one of those things that gets harder as you get older. At 50, it’s nigh on impossible.

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Troxler has been trying for a baby for years now. As the years went by, it seemed more and more impossible that anything would ever happen. When she and her husband, Tony, got married decades ago, they didn’t realize they were having fertility issues.

“We didn’t even realize there was a fertility issue when we got married, because we were just doing the couple thing,” Susie explains. “I was working, he was working, and we were just busy.”

Soon, however, they started to realize things weren’t adding up.

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Their pregnancy tests kept showing negative, even after years of trying. After 8 years, they sought medical help. After a consultation with her doctor and their regional clinic, they learned what the problem was.

“My doctor said, ‘You know, I would bet money you had fibroids.’ And it turned out, she was right,” Susie adds. “I had a boatload of fibroids.”

On top of all that, Tony was also having medical issues that complicated things.

Still, that didn’t stop them from trying.

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Despite being significantly older than you typically are when you start these treatments, the couple went for it.

“He was very clear that this was going to be an uphill battle from the beginning,” she explains. “I had fibroid surgery 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.”

The couple at that point was resigned to their situation. They knew their joy didn’t come from a baby, but that still didn’t make things easy.

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They had one final shot at things and decided to go for broke with it.

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Although it had been a while, they decided to use their last frozen embryo and try for their dram. Moving forward, they did the procedure. Incredibly, it worked! Months later and the Troxler family welcomed their very own child, Lily, into their family.

“I don’t even have the words, it’s surreal, 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.” – Today

Now, this 50-year-old mom is getting in remembering what it’s like to NEVER sleep!

“So I’m determined to enjoy even the sleep deprivation,” she adds, “because it almost never happened.”

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