There's a good chance you haven't if you're new to this site! Or maybe you have but you just didn't realize the story behind the woman who started this company with dreams entwined with heartfelt goals.
Christina Thursby, Owner/President
With over a decade of experience in this industry, I could easily start listing her job related experience, accomplishments, and inner community connections. But why do that when you can read that on the website?
Instead, I'd like to introduce you to the woman, not the professional.
Growing up in a broken home, Christina experienced firsthand what it was like to be "raised" by the people who bore her into this world. Then quickly found her true home once her grandparents took her and her sisters in. The love, acceptance, comfort, and safety she felt with them was something she had lacked before. As she grew older, she realized family didn't have to be the traditional setup.
Family is where you find your smile. It's the place you feel secure enough to be yourself. It's where you can celebrate the ups and learn from the downs, together. It isn't simply a mother, father, and 2.5 children. It is whatever you make it.
No one knew, not even Christina herself, that the day she sat in her doctor's waiting room as a first-time surrogate that she would be where she is today. Anticipation, nervousness, excitement- you name it, she felt it. The joy was in reaching out to do something few others do. Sacrificing her time, her body, and her well being to help give the gift of a family to others. To help people have a chance at the kind of love she felt in both her second chance at a family growing up, and the one her and her husband created together.
The anxiety came in the unknowns- would she carry her Intended Parents child well? Would there be complications? Would she have an easy birth? Could she withstand all the injections? How would her family feel about that life-changing decision? It was the anticipation that had her following through with eagerness.
There was a deep-seeded intuition that whispered to her, "you can do this".
Not every journey was blissful or filled with the happiness and smiles she had looked forward to. There are no guarantees in life, as we all know, but it was both the good and bad of each surrogate journey that shaped what Dream has become.
Christina knows what it's like to put others first. To feel unheard, uneasy, and unimportant became familiar to her as well. As each new journey came and went, she was guided by both the heartache of individuals who only saw her as a means to an end, and those who not only appreciated her every effort, but thanked and supported her, too.
The first time to the last, she saw the loving smiles that overwhelmed the faces of her intended parents, felt her chest tighten with love as each surrogate baby cried their first cry, and watched as these families she helped create bloomed in each other's presence.
Finding that perfect match, putting in the effort needed to keep both the surrogate and intended parent(s) well informed, confident, and excited was what she saw in her future. It wasn't just about the journey as a surrogate. It wasn't just about being there for her intended parents, or keeping herself healthy through each pregnancy. It was about the entire process. From beginning to end. For all those involved.
Her dream may have started out as just that, but now her reality beams like a light shining out of her. Christina puts her heart and soul into everything she does. She does it for you, for your journey, for your child, for your family and hers.
Without a doubt, the woman behind the tremendous growth and success of Dream Surrogacy has made her living helping others smile.