April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately three years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 65: April’s Guide to Fertility Resources
As my journey toward motherhood continues to move forward I am blatantly aware of two personal needs:
- To persistently continue on this journey until we reach Destination Parenthood
- To continue to take action to feel empowered as I forge forward
In order to arrive at Destination Parenthood with any form of sanity, I have to consistently educate myself. Being both a fertility patient and a chronic illness patient, I have learned that the more educated I am about medical topics of concern, the better I feel about what I am doing to improve my chances of a healthy and fertile life and the better I feel about what the doctors are doing, too. Developing confidence about how I approach my health and fertility requires me to understand what the doctors say when they use medical terminology and it allows me to work with the doctors so that I can be part of my own fertility/wellness plan. I remember when I was diagnosed with MS and asked the doctor how near we are to finding a cure for the disease and he explained to me that he thought a patient may eventually be the “expert” to crack the code because patients sometimes become so involved in their own care that they make the ground breaking treatment realizations.
Understanding the invaluable benefit of self-advocacy, I have made it a personal objective to know my questions before I enter into any consult appointment and to actively research what possible treatment options are. I know the doctors care but I know my body, and when I combine that knowledge with the medical professionals’ knowledge and care, I feel more confident that we are not missing anything and that I am part of the medical team. Since I strongly believe in the patient’s right to know what is happening in each appointment as well as the essential need to nurture her spirit, I introduce to you April’s Guide to Fertility Resources which includes four distinct sections:
- Fertile Resource Books
- Books to Nurture your Fertile Spirit
- Online Resources
- Alternative Treatments and Options
I encourage you to peruse through the guide and to purchase or borrow the items on there that you may find essential in fostering your own sense of empowerment.
As always, I am open to suggestions and would love to hear from you regarding your thoughts on the resource guide!
Part of the team,
April all Year
Click here to read all of April’s previous blog articles on her journey toward fertility.