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9
Nov

How To Deduct the Cost of IVF

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24
Jun

Syracuse Endometriosis Support Night with Special Guest

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heartbellyOn Wednesday, July 2nd, we are welcoming Heather Guidone, Surgical Program Director of the Center for Endometriosis Care and Vice President of the Endometriosis Research Center to our center for night of support for clients facing endometriosis.  At our Syracuse location, Heather will share her personal experiences with endometriosis, as well as many educational and support resources for clients facing similar challenges.  Lisa Stack, our Support Coordinator, will highlight some the support available at our center, and we will have plenty of time for discussion and questions.
If you are new to the diagnosis of endometriosis, or you have been coping with this for some time now, this will be a fantastic night of support for you!  We will meet from 5:30p-7:00p on Wednesday, July 2nd.  Please use the CNY Healing Arts entrance and the hostess will direct you to the kitchen.  To RSVP or if you have any questions, please email Lisa: Lstack@cnyfertility.com or message her directly within the Patient Portal.
For more information on endometriosis, please be sure to to read this article written by Heather for our site, and the recording of a teleworkshop we did together last year.
For all of our fertility support offerings, please check our CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts calendars.  Please let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you during these sessions!
One last note, did you know that we started  new Private Facebook Fertility and Pregnancy Groups for current clients?  We also have groups for Secondary Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Here, you can find a safe and secure space to share with other women and men facing similar challenges.  You can get immediate support and feedback!  If you are interested in joining, please message Lisa Stack within the Patient Portal.
 
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If you are interested in a more private one-on-one support situation, Lisa Stack is our CNY Fertility Center Support Coordiator, she offers her services as a lay support person and can be contacted by email at lstack@cnyfertility.com if you are not yet a client or via the Patient Portal if you are a current client.
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23
Apr

National Infertility Awareness Week: Successful Clients Walk for Hope!

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UntitledMy husband and I started trying to conceive January of 2010.  Like most couples we just assumed this was going to happen right away.  A year later we started to become very concerned.  We both were checked out to make sure everything was okay.  It turned out that I had some fibroid tumors and he had very low numbers.  We were both advised that surgery was our best options and would fix our issues.  Months later we still hadn’t conceived.  We had his numbers rechecked and were told that they hadn’t improved and our only chance of conceiving would be with IUI or IVF.  November of 2011 we started going to CNY Fertility in Syracuse.  Over the next 16 months we did 4 IUI’s, 4 IVF’s, 2 FET’s and unfortunately even suffered losses.  Our last IVF was March 2013.  This resulted in our beautiful baby boy who was born October 17, 2013!!  The happiest day of our lives!!  Doctor Kiltz always told us to not give up!! We are so happy we listened to him!  We’ll always be grateful to CNY for giving us our little Miracle!!!
I’ve been in a support group for the past few years that has been a huge part of my life. We are a group of women who met online and who all had been dealing with Infertility in some way.  We call ourselves the BFP Cheerleaders!  (BFP stands for Big Fat Positive!)  A BFP pregnancy test is what we all have been dreaming of.  Our group has seen each other through many treatments, surgeries, wonderful pregnancies, very hard pregnancies, losses, and even adoptions.  Last year one of our Cheerleaders walked in the Resolve Walk of Hope in DC on behalf of our BFP Cheerleaders.  Resolve is the National Infertility Association.  The name Walk of Hopeembodies the emotion that most people living with Infertility feel. We were able to raise over $1,000 for our Team!  This year I’ll be traveling to DC to represent our team and help raise awareness.   I’m so excited to walk on behalf of my Cheerleaders, but also for all women and men who have dealt with Infertility.
Thank You So Much!!!
Rick, Julie and Ricky Jr. Swift
 
17
Apr

Colorful Foods for Fertility

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When choosing fruits and vegetables, think in color!  Not only are colorful fruits and veggies visually appealing, but a rainbow of variety packs an extra punch nutritionally.  This is especially important for women’s and men’s health when trying to conceive.
Red!
Red fruits and veggies contain lycopene and are colored by the pigment called anthocyanin.  They contain powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage, helps improve egg health, and has been shown to help sperm quality and motility.
Some great ones to try: red apples, red peppers, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes and radishes.
Orange and Yellow!
Orange fruits and veggies contain beta-carotene and are colored by the pigment called carotenoids.  These can help women by keeping hormone balance in check and aids in cycle regularity in; and protects sperm from free radical attack in men.  Vitamin A found in these fruits and vegetables help sperm at receptor sites during the fertilization process.
Try: apricots, carrots, yellow and orange peppers, and pumpkin.
Green!
Green fruits and veggies are colored by the pigment chlorophyll.  Dark leafy greens contain lutein and are also a wonderful source of folate.  Folic acid helps to generate viable eggs.  The cruciferous veggies (such as broccoli and cabbage) are especially helpful if suffering from endometriosis or uterine fibroids because it helps with estrogen metabolism.  Folic acid helps with sperm quality and lowers the chances of chromosomal abnormalities.
Try: asparagus, broccoli, and honeydew melon.
Blue and Purple!
Also contain anthocyanin.  To keep cells healthy in both men and women, it is important to protect them from damage with these antioxidants for optimal functioning of eggs and sperm.
Try: blueberries, plums, and eggplant.
White!
These contain anthoxanthins, allicin, and selenium which can protect from chromosome breakage, improve sperm quality and motility, and work to reduce inflammation in the body.
Try: cauliflower, garlic, and bananas.

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28
Jul

April's Journey to Fertility: Feeling Scared, but Acting Brave

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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 75: Feeling Scared, but Acting Brave
Feeling scared, but acting brave,” was our book club’s favorite quote from the novel, Room, by Emma Donoghue, which was written from the perspective of a five year old boy.  When our club’s host pointed out the quote, I immediately connected to this idea because this concept made me think of all of us – the women who continue to be brave even though there is an inherent fear that exists within.
Fear is one emotion that has consistently emerged during my fertility journey – fear over missing work for appointments, fear over the next appointment not going well, fear over my body’s inability to do what comes so naturally to others, fear that the doctors will find a problem, fear that the doctors will not find a problem, fear of the side effects of the drugs, fear of the needles, fear of the financial burden of advanced reproductive fertility treatments, fear that I am too stressed out or not eating the best foods, fear of sharing my thoughts  with others. Fear even exists once we achieve success. Fear lingers and can be debilitating.
Yet, you have not let that fear incapacitate you. Instead, you go to your appointments and do whatever is necessary to fit the doctor visits into your schedule.  You give yourself those daily injections, take your supplements and vitamins and probably even go to acupuncture. I bet you attend yoga or partake in some sort of exercise regularly. You may even attend CNY’s support group, and/or you may see a therapist.
As you trudge from appointment to appointment, as your frustration mounts and your anticipation heightens, remember to recognize your accomplishments. Every single blood draw, monitoring appointment, procedure, consult meeting, and alternative medicine treatment you make it through is one more goal met. Of course, there is fear and anxiety, but you haven’t let that stop you.  You have been brave.
Remember that your bravery is what has consistently enabled you to overcome your fear. And that inherent desire to be a parent consistently fuels your bravery. When you begin to feel defeated, lost, or afraid – tap into that bravery and remember how strong you have already been; do not doubt that you possess the bravery and strength necessary to continue overcoming any feelings of fear.
Feeling scared, but acting brave,
April all Year
april.allyear@yahoo.com

30
Mar

April's Journey to Fertility: More Thoughts on the Egg Donor Option

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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 72:More Thoughts on the Egg Donor Option
When we were first considering the egg donor option I struggled with the following questions:
•    Who do we tell about our choice to use an egg donor?
•    Do I tell my future child?  Furthermore, when do we tell our future child if we decide to do so?
•    Do we tell our family?
Personally, I find the decision regarding when and how to tell my child (versus my friends and family) to be the easier one! After speaking with a mother who became pregnant using an egg donor, she told me there are a number of children’s books that explain the egg donor option to children with the use of cute characters and age-appropriate metaphors. Before I realized how common the egg donor option has become, I wondered how and when I would tell my child. The reality is, however, that the egg donor part of my baby’s creation need not be any secret, but part of the overall miracle of his or her birth. After all, isn’t this a testament to how much we loved our children before they were even born?
If you go to the following links, you will be able to peruse the children’s book options and read their general summaries. I have heard of mother’s just mixing these books in with their children’s other storybooks and discussing the topic as their children were ready.
•    http://www.donor-conception-network.org/childrenbks.htm
•    http://www.tracytrends.com/books/egg-donor-story.html
Additionally, the following link provides an overview of when to disclose this information and to whom you may want to consider making such a disclosure.
•    http://www.theafa.org/library/article/talking_with_children_about_ovum_donation_2009
As far as disclosing such information to family and friends, this is where I truly struggle. In the end, I think it is important to consider the following questions:
1. Does my need for support outweigh my child’s future need for privacy? Of course the answer is “no!” but we must consider how the support of others fits into the overall picture, with respect to our future children’s needs.
2. Am I telling those who are trustworthy and supportive of my family building process, in whatever way that may unfold?
3. Am I disclosing the information when I am vulnerable and only because I need support, or because I truly believe those with whom I am sharing the information will always keep both my and my child’s emotional needs in mind?
4. Have I thought of how the information I am sharing will affect my husband, my child, etc? I know I have a tendency to talk about whatever the issue at hand is, but my husband may sometimes be more guarded. Be sure that you are making “team” decisions in terms of who to tell and when to tell. When you are parents, you will be making decisions as a team, so why not begin this decision making practice now?
Wishing you wisdom,
April all Year
april.allyear@yahoo.com

7
Mar

April's Journey to Fertility: The Egg Donor Option

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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 71: The Egg Donor Option
Before any woman can fully examine the egg donor possibility she must examine her feelings about this emotional process. Throughout this process, I have associated the following thoughts with the egg donor option:

  • Women helping women
  • Fortunate
  • Sadness over my child not having a biological link to me
  • Moving forward
  • Creation
  • Opportunities
  • Options
  • Grateful
  • Excitement
  • Hope
  • Anticipation

What I like most about this option is that egg donors exemplify the beauty of women helping women. Upon reviewing many donor profiles, my husband and I noticed that numerous donors are already mothers who want to pass on the gift of motherhood to women who need an egg donor to make that dream a reality. Others are not mothers but know of women who have struggled on their journey to motherhood and simply want to help others create life. When I think of the fact that women did not even have such an option one generation ago, I feel hopeful and excited that I do have this opportunity. I am truly grateful to the women who give up their time, their bodies and their oocytes so that I may have a son or daughter. I feel as though I can move forward because someone else sees the value in my innate desire to mother even though she does not know me.
There are, however, some feelings of sadness that juxtapose the hopeful feelings. For example, the idea that there will never be a “little April” running around the house still makes me tear up for a quick moment, but then I remember the other part of the egg donor option. There will be a “little April” running around the house because she will have my feisty personality and my sassy spirit. My son or daughter may not have my facial features, but she or he will certainly have my facial expressions. My child will find a love for all things Italian and Portuguese because I will teach her the value of her ancestry. I will teach my baby how to be strong and happy because his mother will be an example of strength and joy. And, of course, my baby will have my tenacity because I will teach my child that persistence really does pay off and will remind my baby that he or she is proof of that! The characteristics that will make my baby mine do not come from blood or genes, but from love and nurturing.
My sincere hope is you remember that motherhood is about much, much more than DNA.
With anticipation,
April all Year

april.allyear@yahoo.com

2
Jan

April's Journey to Fertility: Turning Hopeless into Hopeful

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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 68: Turning Hopeless into Hopeful:
I write today’s blog with feelings of hopelessness. We went through an IVF cycle at the beginning of the month, and it has taken me about three weeks to feel as though I could even write about my experience to all of you. There are some patients who go through one or two IUIs  and discover they are finally pregnant. There are other patients who go through their first IVF to find they are finally pregnant. There are others, though, who repeatedly go through cycles with little to no explanation as to why they simply cannot conceive. I am afraid to say that I fit into that category.
We actually had what appeared to be a great cycle. 12 eggs were retrieved, and I responded to the fertility drugs well. Unfortunately, none of the 12 eggs were mature, and I am not even sure what that means medically. However, I know what that means emotionally – another cycle that didn’t work, another year gone by without achieving a pregnancy, another batch of eggs that weren’t viable, another long list of questions to ask for which there may never be a concrete medical answer, another year where I am supposed to be merry at Christmastime even though my heart is really breaking, more pregnancies and babies to hear of that are not ours, and lots of tears and anger.
So as this holiday season draws to a close and we begin 2011, I am faced with a significant question: How do I turn being hopeless into being hopeful? I have thought about this question so much over the last several weeks, and I have found the answer to be quite basic. We must keep moving forward. The complicated part of the answer is how do we move forward though?
Since I know many of you are in similar situations, especially if you have been following my blog from the beginning entries, I am going to spend some time exploring the different ways we can move out of the childless abyss. There is an end to this process, and my husband and I are going to our final destination one way or another.
However, each couple’s journey to fertility is different; while one couple may be open to a specific option another couple may find that option does seem right for them. What I would like to do is spend one week on each of the following topics:

  • Making the Most Out of Your Consultation Appointment
  • Egg Donor Possibilities
  • The Adoption Option
  • What is Embryo Adoption; could it be right for us?

As we begin this new year, my intention for myself, my husband and all of you is that we remember how much we are meant to be parents, how important it is to support one another, and how important it is to continue to move forward. Recognize and acknowledge today’s hopeless emotions, but remember that tomorrow is actually quite hopeful.

Ready to Ring in 2011,
April all Year
april.allyear@yahoo.com

24
Nov

April's Journey to Fertility: Season of Hope

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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 67: Season of Hope
It seems as though I blinked and the holiday season was upon us; we were beginning our next assisted cycle, and the entire first quarter of school had passed.  Although I love autumn and Christmastime, I do not love what falls in the middle: my birthday. With each passing holiday season, school year and birthday, I wonder if I am losing the biological clock battle, and if I am making the right fertility treatment decisions.
However, the more I think about all of these time “markers” I realize that the holidays are magical, a new quarter in school means a new start for both my students and myself, and beginning an ART cycle gives me hope. As for birthdays, are any as fun as your sweet 16 or your 21st? Maybe the first birthday when I am a mother will be as exciting, but until then I need to appreciate life’s seasonal and biological changes. I need to embrace my ART cycle and be hopeful about our future as parents, which reminds me of what my husband said last evening…
With this holiday season comes the holiday commercials. I am actually a sucker for them; I enjoy the family oriented ones and love the holiday jingles in the background of the commercials that pepper television programs during this time of the year. One of the well-known jewelry commercials came on last night. In the commercial, a mother is rocking her infant next to their beautifully lit tree and her husband gives her a piece of jewelry as he makes a comment related to how much he loves her and their baby. Although the commercial can be a bit over the top, my husband looked at me and said “That will be us next year.”  I loved him for saying that and just thought to myself, I hope so! And as the mother in the movie Home Alone says, “Christmas is the season of perpetual hope!
My  wish is that all of you will find a renewed sense of hope and joy in the miracles of the season.
April all Year
april.allyear@yahoo.com

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Click here to read all of April’s previous blog articles on her journey toward fertility.

12
Nov

April's Journey to Fertility: Confirmations

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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 66: Confirmations
In the past several weeks, I have experienced many “little confirmations” regarding our journey to parenthood. First, a woman at work came up to me saying “I don’t know if you will get mad, but I wanted to give this to you because I thought of you.” She handed me CNY’s IVF Flyer which lists the various package purchase options. I immediately told her I was thankful she thought of me and that we are already going through CNY. She went on to say she picked the flyer up at our local women’s expo and told me how friendly she thought the CNY representatives were; she is correct. (Thanks for the confirmation, Laurie.) I not only appreciate all of the staff members at CNY, but I also appreciate the sign from above that I am exactly where I am supposed to be in my journey to fertility.
Secondly, more than one of our aunts has openly supported and discussed our decision to explore adoption options. While this seems to contradict my other “little confirmation,” both actually work in conjunction with each other. You see when I attended my friend’s baby shower this Sunday, I received two more confirmations. First, Julie, who I wrote about in Week 61 and Week 62, is experiencing a truly miraculous pregnancy despite multiple failed IVFs and IUIs (at least a dozen). While I was truly happy for Julie and she confirmed that miracles really do happen, I was also able to speak to the host of the shower, who adopted her beautiful son and daughter from Romania. This week’s lesson is clear and simple: I need to trust the process, whole-heartedly embark on the journey, and be open to all of our family building options. The goal is for us to be parents and to enjoy the lessons we learn along the way!
Whether I become pregnant during our next assisted cycle, whether we use donor eggs or adopt, whether we experience a natural pregnancy or we chose to build our family through a combination of means, we are making the right decisions, and we will soon become a mother and father. So will you!
Keeping the faith and trusting the process,
April all Year
april.allyear@yahoo.com

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Click here to read all of April’s previous blog articles on her journey toward fertility.