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Win a Free IVF Cycle Door Prize at Long Island IVF Event: Final 3 Day Promo!

By Tracey Minella

May 19th, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Forget the Memorial Day weekend grocery list! Step away from the barbeque.

You’ve got a more urgent matter to address before the weekend festivities begin.

Are you listening?

I’m making you an offer you can’t refuse. Seriously. You can’t.

Picture this: Only $25 for a chance to win a Free IVF cycle door prize worth approximately $10,000 plus a guaranteed fabulous night out at the Great South Bay Brewery on Thursday June 4th filled with music, food, craft beer sampling, brewery tours, souvenir glasses, and a silent auction.

The free IVF cycle door prize is transferable, so those who need it should bring down all their friends and family to help increase their odds. Don’t need the IVF cycle yourself? You probably know someone who does. Just love beer? Perfect. This night is for you, too. So be a hero while raising money to help infertile couples build their families.

Can you even wrap your head around the idea of all you’re getting for only $25? You can’t even go to the movies for that!

The catch, you ask?

YOU HAVE TO ACT FAST. As in tomorrow, Thursday, or Friday.

In what can only be categorized as a moment of heartfelt compassion…or extreme patriotism… or complete insanity…the organizers of Long Island’s Brew for the Family event have decided to offer a FINAL pre-Memorial Day promotion in an effort to be sure everyone who would love the chance to win the Free IVF cycle door prize could afford a ticket.

So from tomorrow (May 20) through midnight on Friday May 22, 2015, you can purchase a regular $55 ticket for only $25!!!! Crazy, right??! Sure, it’s a bargain at $55, but why not take advantage at this steal of a price?!

Purchase your tickets right here:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-island-brew-for-the-family-hosted-by-long-island-ivf-tickets-15203780918

So what’s it going to be? Crying in your beer this weekend because you didn’t take advantage of this amazing opportunity…or raising a glass to hope and possibility?

Don’t miss this chance.

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Are you going to go to Long Island Brew for the Family?

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Getting Real About Mother’s Day Blues

By Tracey Minella

May 9th, 2015 at 2:05 pm

photo: davidcastillodominici/ freedigitalphotos.net


I want to help and inspire you this Sunday. To mend the raw and broken heart that simply is infertility. To distract you from the emptiness that is Mother’s Day. And from the pain of losses suffered and prayers still unanswered.

But the words don’t come.

I lived it, too, for very many years. The memories are crystal clear. And still the words won’t come to make the worst day of the year any easier. So I’m going to ramble and share some thoughts from the heart.

This journey you’re on, that consumes your life and sucks you dry, will end someday. Yes, it will… even though it feels like it’s been this way forever and that it never will end.  But it has to, if you take the time to think about it. And for many it will end with a family. One built in the way you hoped, or in another way that through your evolution on your journey you will have come to accept. And it will feel like it was meant to be and the heavens will literally feel like they opened up and shone down on you just like in the movies.

But you won’t get these years back. I call the infertility years, “the hole”. It’s nearly a decade that I let some form of family-building consume me. When I look back, it’s an effort to remember the good times because I simply couldn’t allow myself to be happy or force myself to have fun. I let infertility rob me of more than it already had. It stole a decade of my life. Don’t let it do that to you. Trust that you’ll be a parent someday. Believe it. Because if it comes true, which it often does, you will have been able to find some happiness during the waiting years. And if it doesn’t come true, you are no worse off.

Celebrate your own mom on Mother’s Day because she won’t be here forever. Trust me, I know. I lost my mom before I got pregnant and could make her a grandmother. Same with my dad. Put the focus on her on Sunday. If it’s too hard, then see her today. Don’t get so lost in your own desire to be a mom that you forget to somehow celebrate the woman who is your mother.

Want a bit of a distraction? Do this project: Fill a mason jar with memories of your mom. Colorful tiny strips of paper with stories and traditions and qualities that you admire about her. And give it to her. What a priceless gift. Not feeling that? Then make one for yourself (or start a journal) with a list of all your plans and the qualities you hope to have as a mom. Baby names, nursery colors, favorite movies and books you’ll share. Activities you’ll encourage. Traditions you’ll start or continue. Add tidbits about this journey you’re on and how you’re feeling. These are therapeutic projects.

Follow your heart Sunday and do what you need to do to get through the day. Avoid places with children if that’s too hard to bear. Stay up late tonight and sleep extra late (cut that day in half!). Treat yourself in some way.

And listen to that heart as well. It’s telling you more than the grief and fear and frustration is letting you hear. There’s a voice whispering deep inside that makes you get out of bed each and every day, including tomorrow.

If you listen…really listen…it’s telling you that you are a mom-in-waiting. Hear it.

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What are you doing to get through the day? What/who are you dreading most?

 

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Long Island “Brew For the Family” Event- June 4, 2015

Would winning a FREE IVF Cycle door prize help you or a loved one build a family?

Join us on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 from 7:30-10PM at the Long Island Brew for the Family event hosted in partnership with the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation.

We have come together to spread the message that infertility can be overcome! Enjoy a night out and forget the stress of infertility as we sample craft beers at one of Long Island’s premier microbreweries, The Great South Bay Brewery. The evening will include a sampling of 6 beers, guided brewery tours with a master brewer, great food, music, and a silent auction.

Each admission ticket will include one entry into the drawing for a FREE IVF CYCLE* door prize. Be sure to invite your family and friends for even more chances to win, as the prize is transferrable.

To purchase tickets and learn more about this event please visit: www.librewforthefamily.eventbrite.com.

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Long Island IVF-WINNER: Best in Vitro Fertility Practice 2015

It is with humble yet excited hearts that we announce that Long Island IVF was voted the Best In Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2015 contest.

The doctors, nurses, embryologists, and the rest of the Long Island IVF staff are so proud of this honor and so thankful to every one of you who took the time to vote. From the moms juggling LIIVF babies… to the dads coaching LIIVF teens…to the parents sending LIIVF adults off to college or down the aisles… to the LIIVF patients still on their journeys to parenthood who are confident in the care they’re receiving…we thank you all.

We love what we’ve gotten to do every day more than 27 years…build families. If you are having trouble conceiving, please call us. Many of our nurses and staff were also our patients, so we really do understand what you’re going through. And we’d like to help.

 

 

Photo credit:  http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Gestures_g185-Depressed_Woman_Sitting_On_Floor__p99322.html

 

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Long Island IVF Celebrates Nurse Appreciation Week!

By Tracey Minella

May 6th, 2015 at 3:56 pm

You’ve yelled at them. Cried on their shoulders. Squeezed their hands. Lent them your sore and weary veins. And celebrated (or will celebrate) your success with them.

They are your Long Island IVF Nurses. And they are the embodiment of all that National Nurses Appreciation Week is meant to celebrate.

They’ve been right there in the trenches with you on the most important journey you may ever take. They’re the link between you and your doctor. Maybe the link between you and your sanity at times, too.

They know your name and your history. Taught you how to do injections. Ordered your meds. Wiped your tears. They’re your biggest fan and are ready with a hug of support or congratulations. They’ve got your back.

If there is a special nurse at Long Island IVF (or anywhere) that has touched your life, please drop her a note, give her a call, or just give her a “shout-out” right here in the comments to let her know how much she means to you. It will make her day!

As a 7 time IVF patient from the “dark ages” of the 90’s, my personal shout out goes to my own LIIVF nurses: Joey, Maryann, Sue and Vicky (pre-donor egg coordinator days!)

Joey, you rode the ups and downs like they were your own and you always knew how to make me laugh, even when I was dying.

Maryann, your Katie stories and special humor were always day-brighteners. Your perfect mix of realism and optimism kept me grounded and hopeful.

Sue, no one…and I mean no one… could ever be more organized and on the ball than you. Thanks for giving me the peace of mind of knowing that every single minor detail of all my IVF cycle stuff was in order on your watch.

Vicky, I’ve never met anyone who oozes comfort, calm, and hope like you. Having you as a nurse was like wrapping all the stress of IVF in some fluffy, happy, insulating cloud. It’s no wonder you moved on to Donor Egg Coordinator.

My other nurses, Denise, Patty, and Dotty retired or moved on, but are all special to me.

Now it’s YOUR turn…

Shout out begins now!

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Who is your favorite LIIVF nurse?

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Long Island “Brew For the Family” Event- June 4, 2015

Would winning a FREE IVF Cycle door prize help you or a loved one build a family?

Join us on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 from 7:30-10PM at the Long Island Brew for the Family event hosted in partnership with the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation.

We have come together to spread the message that infertility can be overcome! Enjoy a night out and forget the stress of infertility as we sample craft beers at one of Long Island’s premier microbreweries, The Great South Bay Brewery. The evening will include a sampling of 6 beers, guided brewery tours with a master brewer, great food, music, and a silent auction.

Each admission ticket will include one entry into the drawing for a FREE IVF CYCLE* door prize. Be sure to invite your family and friends for even more chances to win, as the prize is transferrable.

To purchase tickets and learn more about this event please visit: www.librewforthefamily.eventbrite.com.

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Long Island IVF-WINNER: Best in Vitro Fertility Practice 2015

It is with humble yet excited hearts that we announce that Long Island IVF was voted the Best In Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2015 contest.

We love what we’ve gotten to do every day more than 27 years…build families. If you are having trouble conceiving, please call us. Many of our nurses and staff were also our patients, so we really do understand what you’re going through. And we’d like to help.

 

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How to Survive the Two Week Wait for Your Pregnancy Result

By Bina Benisch, MS, RN

May 1st, 2015 at 8:54 pm

photo: peter kratochvil/ publicdomainimages.com

 

It seems interminable.

 

You’ve finally made it through your IVF stimulation. You’ve survived your injections and all those early morning monitoring visits…not to mention being poked and prodded for blood and vaginal ultrasounds. You’ve undergone your retrieval procedure, sweated out the fertilization results, and here it is – the day of your embryo transfer.  Or, if you’re doing IUI, you’ve made it through your insemination.

 

What a relief!  You can finally relax…. NOT so fast!

 

The next 10-14 days can seem like an eternity when you’re waiting for your pregnancy result.

 

Your emotions may ride that roller coaster … slow ascending hope, with glimmers of joy at the prospect that this time you actually may be pregnant … only to be violently interrupted by thunderous pangs of fear that this may not have worked, and then falling into despair.

 

How do you regulate your feelings and create a sense of balance so that you’re not held hostage by every emotion and negative thought that grips you?  Here is your mission for the next 10-14 days, should you choose to accept it:

 

  • Create a list of leisure activities that you and your partner have always enjoyed doing, and set a plan into action.  Yes, there are jobs and responsibilities, but schedule some “special” time together for these activities… whether it’s watching movies together, outdoor activities, date nights, music, or working together on a project that embodies a sense of satisfaction.  Not only does this help keep your relationship close – which in itself is emotionally enriching – but it may distract your attention and maintain some perspective on your life so that you are not feverishly focused on your fertility status.

 

  • Talk to your partner about your feelings.  There are no pat solutions which will stop your anxiety. However, making room for all feelings – even the darker ones – and knowing you will get through it as you ride this wave, will relieve the stress of suppressing these feelings. This will also keep the lines of communication open between you and your partner.

 

  • Restructure your thoughts! This is not to advise Pollyanna or positive thinking.  Let’s face it, the last thing you need is to be told to “be positive” or “relax.” It’s extremely difficult to feel “positive” when you’re struggling with infertility.  However, take a moment to look at the thoughts you are telling yourself – the thoughts that are causing your fear and anxiety to escalate: “I know I’m not pregnant.”  “It probably didn’t work this time.” “What if it doesn’t work this time?” “What if I never become pregnant?”   These thoughts and statements are not etched in truth, and are only fear-based. Better thoughts… which may be equally true, but are not fear based…are: “I could very well be pregnant.” “The possibility that I will become pregnant is just as much a reality.”  Don’t fear that allowing yourself to entertain these hopeful thoughts will cause greater disappointment from a negative result. You will be disappointed or devastated either way, whether you’ve been fearful, anxious, and negative, or you’ve had the perspective that you may very well become pregnant.  Here is a mental framework that is absolutely realistic, true, and can go a long way to helping you maintain peace of mind:  “I am doing everything in my power to become pregnant, and therefore, I can emotionally let go for now, and leave this in the hands of (God, the universe, my doctors).”

 

  • Selectively avoid situations that you know will trigger your fear or anxiety.   Learn to say “NO”.  People will forgive you for not attending a family function, social event, or any situation where you find pregnant people, or people with babies, or people who will ask you when you are going to have children.  YOU come first at this time in your life. YOUR emotional health takes precedence.

 

  • Nurture yourself. Whatever that means for you. Massage, Reiki, reading, movies, shopping, yoga (not hot yoga), — what do you find to be a relaxing, self-nurturing activity?

 

  • Remember proper breathing. Slow, deep breathing will cause a physiological reversal of the body’s stress response.  This will reduce anxiety and stress.  Learn to practice breath work every day.

 

In essence, have compassion for yourself.  Talk about your feelings with your partner.  If you find it difficult to restructure your thoughts, practice the mantra that you have done everything in your power, and now it’s time to let go.  This takes practice, but you can do it if you take on this mission for self-balance, peace of mind, and equilibrium.

 

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Confessions of a National Infertility Awareness Week “Hater”

By Tracey Minella

April 27th, 2015 at 8:12 am

I hate infertility. I hate that people are so clueless… and their words and actions are so hurtful …that we have to raise their awareness of our pain and educate them about this disease. And I hate that NIAW is just a week long.

Then, in many ways, life just goes back “normal”. To the unacceptable normal. Starting now.

Sure, last week we certainly raised awareness in the community. We hosted a series of events including a seminar about the donor egg program and a fun fertile yoga class. We ended the week with Alternative Medicine and Holistic Approaches to Fertility Enhancement which included demos of fertility-focused acupuncture and Reiki, along with massage therapy, meditation and stress reduction techniques.

We bonded with patients from our own practice, as well as those from other practices, and they bonded with each other. We welcomed prospective patients, their parents and friends, and interested strangers. We fed them fertility-friendly trail mix, donned them with NIAW silicone bracelets, and sent them home with swag bags of fun and useful items and coupons from the participating service providers. We empowered them with therapies and activities they can use to take back some control over their fertility. They were thankful and such a pleasure to get to know. In short, we did some good. As did other infertility practices and organizations around the country.

But, now NIAW is over. And it’s kind of quiet.

How do we keep the momentum of NIAW going? How do we make sure the topic of infertility doesn’t get swept under the rug until next April?

One way is to move on swiftly and loudly to the next thing that keeps infertility in the news. Maybe that means joining thousands of infertility advocates by going to Washington D.C. for Advocacy Day on May 14, 2015. Or participating in Walks of Hope to raise infertility awareness. [For more info contact at RESOLVE http://www.resolve.org/ ]. Or seeking out charitable organizations that award grants to infertile folks, like the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, the BabyQuest Foundation, and others, some of which have grant application deadlines approaching soon.

As for Long Island IVF, we’re doing our part to keep infertility awareness front of mind…and donating a free IVF cycle as a door prize to one lucky winner…through a fun night at the Great South Bay Brewery on June 4, 2015.

Along with the Cade Foundation, Long Island IVF is happy to sponsor its “Brew for the Family” event, which includes a night of food, music, craft beer-sampling, brewery tours, souvenir glasses, a silent auction and more…plus a chance (or 2 chances for VIP ticket holders) to win the free IVF cycle door prize. Regular tickets cost $55, date night tickets for two cost $100, and VIP tickets cost $90. The free IVF cycle door prize is transferable in accordance with the contest rules, so bring your generous fertile friends and family down to increase your chances to win.

To get more information on the event and purchase tickets go here: http://bit.ly/1yvDBit or to go directly to ticket sales click here: www.librewforthefamily.eventbrite.com

Let’s keep the conversations about infertility going…

 

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Will you be there?

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Long Island “Brew For the Family” Event- June 4, 2015

Would winning a FREE IVF Cycle door prize help you or a loved one build a family?

Join us on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 from 7:30-10PM at the Long Island Brew for the Family event hosted in partnership with the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation.

We have come together to spread the message that infertility can be overcome! Enjoy a night out and forget the stress of infertility as we sample craft beers at one of Long Island’s premier microbreweries, The Great South Bay Brewery. The evening will include a sampling of 6 beers, guided brewery tours with a master brewer, great food, music, and a silent auction.

Each admission ticket will include one entry into the drawing for a FREE IVF CYCLE* door prize. Be sure to invite your family and friends for even more chances to win, as the prize is transferrable.

To purchase tickets and learn more about this event please visit: www.librewforthefamily.eventbrite.com.

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Long Island IVF-WINNER: Best in Vitro Fertility Practice 2015

It is with humble yet excited hearts that we announce that Long Island IVF was voted the Best In Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2015 contest.

The doctors, nurses, embryologists, and the rest of the Long Island IVF staff are so proud of this honor and so thankful to every one of you who took the time to vote. From the moms juggling LIIVF babies… to the dads coaching LIIVF teens…to the parents sending LIIVF adults off to college or down the aisles… to the LIIVF patients still on their journeys to parenthood who are confident in the care they’re receiving…we thank you all.

We love what we’ve gotten to do every day more than 27 years…build families. If you are having trouble conceiving, please call us. Many of our nurses and staff were also our patients, so we really do understand what you’re going through. And we’d like to help.

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NIAW Special Promo on Long Island IVF Event with Free IVF Door Prize!

By Tracey Minella

April 22nd, 2015 at 1:34 pm

In celebration of National Infertility Awareness Week, Long Island IVF is offering a special now through April 25, 2015…

During National Infertility Awareness Week, if you buy a regular admission ticket to the Brew for the Family event that we are hosting with The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, you will receive two (2) entries into the drawing for the Free IVF cycle door prize instead of one!!! That’s two chances to win a Free IVF cycle for only a $55 admission ticket.

So on Thursday, June 4th,  from 7:30-10:00 pm you get a great night out at the Great South Bay Brewery which includes plenty of great food and music, plus beer sampling of several craft beers, a brewery tour, souvenir glass, silent auction for additional great prizes, and more.

Click here for more information http://bit.ly/1yvDBit.

To purchase tickets please visit: www.librewforthefamily.eventbrite.com. The promo is automatically applied so no code is required.

And if you’re into getting out during the week, join us for the last two fun NIAW events from 7-9 pm in our Melville office:

Fertile Yoga Night Tonight

Yoga with a Baby Goal! Created for both newbies and yoga devotes, this is your chance to participate in a yoga session specifically geared to potentially enhance your fertility. Bring your mat or a towel (and yoga pants or gym wear) and experience mediation, breathing and stretching designed to reduce stress, lessen muscle tension and increase blood flow to the pelvis. You’ll be guided by Lisa Pineda, an instructor experienced in yoga for fertility who will leave you relaxed and wanting more. Light refreshments.

 

Alternative Medicine & Holistic Approaches to Fertility Enhancement Night Tomorrow

This interactive evening will highlight Mind-Body and holistic medicine practices including meditation techniques, breath work, Reiki, massage therapy and a live demonstration of fertility-focused acupuncture. LIIVF’s own Dr. David Kreiner will discuss acupuncture and Bina Benisch, MS RN and other affiliated local practitioners will lead the other discussions/demos. Additionally, Rachel Liberatore, LMT, from Nu Touch Therapy will be providing free chair massages. Jim Vitale of Suffolk County Acupuncture will give a live demo of fertility-focused acupuncture, too. Don’t miss this chance to learn how to help yourself reduce stress and improve your own fertility. Light refreshments.

The events are FREE, but pre-registration is required. If you’ve been trying to conceive without success, please RSVP immediately to reserve your spot by contacting our Patient Services Coordinator, Lindsay Montello at 631-386-5509 or lmontello@liivf.com. You do not have to be a Long Island IVF patient to attend. Feel free to bring your partner or a friend.

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Happy National Infertility Awareness Week #NIAW

By Tracey Minella

April 20th, 2015 at 10:55 am

 

 

Well, it’s the biggest week of the year in the infertile world… National Infertility Awareness Week. NIAW, for short.

I confess I hate saying “Happy” before “National Infertility Awareness Week”. Those suffering know there’s nothing “happy” about it. Not a club anyone wants to belong to. No reason to buy balloons or a cake.

But celebrate we will. We must. Because we are celebrating you.

We celebrate you for your strength and resolve in the face of what may be the greatest challenge of your life so far. In overcoming great emotional, physical, and financial stress. We recognize that no matter what pain and losses you’ve faced to date, you find the strength to get out of bed each day and continue to fight for your dream of a family.

This week, Long Island IVF has both educational and fun events to celebrate you, distract you,  and to help spread infertility awareness. All events are from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Melville office and will offer light refreshments.

 

Here is the lineup of FREE events:

 

Donor Egg Recipient Seminar (Tuesday):

Learn everything you need to know about the Donor Egg process. Learn why some women can benefit from donor eggs, how egg donors are thoroughly screened, how the process works, the competitive success rates of our program, and so much more. Meet the Donor Egg Team and hear a testimonial from one of our many successful and happy moms. Light refreshments.

 

Fertile Yoga Night (Wednesday):

Yoga with a Baby Goal! Created for both newbies and yoga devotes, this is your chance to participate in a yoga session specifically geared to potentially enhance your fertility. Bring your mat or a towel (and yoga pants or gym wear) and experience mediation, breathing and stretching designed to reduce stress, lessen muscle tension and increase blood flow to the pelvis. You’ll be guided by Lisa Pineda, an instructor experienced in yoga for fertility who will leave you relaxed and wanting more. Light refreshments.

 

Alternative Medicine and Holistic Approaches to Enhancing Fertility Night (Thursday):

This interactive evening will highlight Mind-Body and holistic medicine practices including meditation techniques, breath work, Reiki, massage therapy and a live demonstration of fertility-focused acupuncture. LIIVF’s own Dr. David Kreiner will discuss acupuncture and Bina Benisch, MS RN and other affiliated local practitioners will lead the other discussions/demos. Additionally, Rachel Liberatore, LMT, from Nu Touch Therapy will be providing free chair massages. Jim Vitale of Suffolk County Acupuncture will give a live demo of fertility-focused acupuncture, too. Don’t miss this chance to learn how to help yourself reduce stress and improve your own fertility. Light refreshments, including Dr. Kreiner’s special secret fertility friendly trail mix!!!

 

 

Again, all events are FREE, but pre-registration is required. If you’ve been trying to conceive without success, please RSVP immediately to reserve your spot by contacting our Patient Services Coordinator, Lindsay Montello at 631-386-5509 or lmontello@liivf.com. You do not have to be a Long Island IVF patient to attend. Feel free to bring your partner or a friend.

Please come out to one or all of these events. Please help us raise awareness of infertility this week by sharing this post. Someone you know is suffering. You can help.

Did I mention the secret trail mix?

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Will we see you at one of these events? Can you guess what’s in the secret trail mix?

 

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Infertility and TCM Part 14: Did Qi Bo Know Best?

By David Kreiner MD

April 15th, 2015 at 11:39 am

photo: stuart miles/ freedigitalphotos.net

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) evolved over thousands of years as evidenced by several ancient written works including the oldest medical textbook in the history of the world, the Huang-Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Cannon of Internal Medicine), dating back to between 300 and 200 BCE.

The book is named for Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor, who lived between 2700 and 2600 BCE.  The legend is that it is a record of the emperor’s conversations with his distinguished physician, Qi Bo.  The Huang-Di Nei Jing consists of 162 articles divided into theory and practice.  The section on theory involves the relationships among the internal organs, the sense organs, and the brain dealing with the concepts of yin and yang as applied to medicine.

In TCM according to the Huang-Di Nei Jing, the yin and yang principle proposes that the bodily organs are interdependent and support each other in harmony.  Disease is defined as a loss of this state of balance both within and among the organs.  Treatment with TCM has always been based on the restoration of the body’s natural harmony with a rebalancing of all the organs.

In all likelihood, the Huang-Di Nei Jing represents a compilation of works drawn from the experience of many TCM leaders over the course of hundreds, if not thousands, of years.  It is reminiscent of the Jewish Talmud which likewise represents contributions from thousands of Rabbis over the course of hundreds of years.  Also, in a fashion similar to the study of TCM, contemporary Jewish scholars study and follow the Talmud much as it was originally written.

The second section of the Huang-Di Nei Jing is a manual on the practice of acupuncture.  Today, this book continues to be used as a reference by contemporary TCM practitioners.

The internal organs are believed according to TCM to be connected by a system of acupuncture points organized along channels (also referred to as meridians) throughout the body.  Each point regulates an aspect of the functional activity related to its channel or associated organ, or sometimes some other channel or organ it may also ultimately connect with or relate to.  Acupuncture points are areas on the surface of the body where the Qi (the body’s life energy) may be accessed as it traverses through one of these channels.  By stimulating or reducing (suppressing or dispersing) at the acupuncture point, the TCM practitioner can regulate the flow of Qi in the channel and/or to a particular organ.

In TCM, pathology may exist secondary to a stagnation of this flow of Qi which disrupts the function of an organ not receiving its normal Qi flow.  Qi may be deficient in which case the treatment would be to increase the Qi in the body and tonify affected organs.  Other pathologies may exist based on excess or deficiency of fluids, heat and blood.  Stagnant blood flow may cause disease, as can excess cold or heat, all of which can affect the flow of Qi as well as the channels and organs in the body.

TCM practitioners often utilize herbs to assist in restoring the harmony in the body and expelling the pathogens which include heat (including summer heat), cold, dampness, dryness and wind which we think of in modern medicine as viruses, bacteria, fungi etc.

In addition to acupuncture, the TCM practitioner may utilize moxibustion which is the application of heat applied to the skin using a vehicle that may include the use of topical herbs.

Cupping, the application of small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices on the skin is yet another technique utilized to improve the flow of Qi through the channels in the body.  It is also used to release toxins, clear blockages of Qi and blood, as well as relax muscles.  It can encourage blood flow and sedate the nervous system.  It has been used for cellulite reduction as well as to clear congestion from the common cold or to help patients with asthma.

Modern application of TCM… though based on ancient science, philosophy, and techniques… still resembles that which was performed over 2000 years ago.  I think that… despite its lack of Western scientific explanation, basis, and justification… it remains a viable medical option because of the evidence of cure and palliation that it has brought to so many over the millennia.

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Do you believe there is a place for Eastern medicine practices, blended with Western medicine? Interested in learning more? Post any questions here for Dr. Kreiner.

 

 

 

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Long Island IVF Exclusive: The Jade Foundation IVF Grant

By Tracey Minella

April 13th, 2015 at 8:55 pm

 

photo: stuart miles/ freedigitalphotos.net


To say it’s a struggle to pay for IVF while meeting the high cost of living on Long Island is an understatement. It can take some couples without IVF medical coverage a few years to save up for an IVF cycle…ever aware of the ticking biological clock.

Extreme, long-term sacrifices are made. A dream is put on hold. Everyone else is pregnant.

It’s enough to make a couple, well, jaded.

But sometimes, “jaded” can be a good thing…

Long Island IVF is pleased to announce the availability of yet another IVF grant…the Jade Foundation IVF Grant…to help suffering infertile couples build their families.

Through an endowment from generous benefactors, the Jade Foundation IVF Grant was created for and is offered exclusively at Long Island IVF. It is funded to provide financial assistance to couples who lack insurance coverage to meet the IVF cycle expenses needed to build the family of their dreams.  Qualified patients will pay a cost share amount (their out-of-pocket expense) based on total household income level.

Funding through this grant program will be allocated for basic services related to an IVF fresh cycle (and exclude other types of treatment cycles such as: frozen cycles, egg donation cycles, surrogacy cycles, elective egg freezing cycles as well as the more complex embryology services such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis or screening (PGD /PGS ). Priority is given to first time parents and to those who have served or are currently serving in the US military.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • be less than 35 years of age;
  • have documented infertility;
  • meet clinical criteria;
  • be residents of Long Island, Queens or Brooklyn; and
  • have a combined household income between $50,000 and $99,999 annually; and
  • have commercial medical insurance coverage which either does not cover IVF treatments or for which they have exhausted their benefits.

Application Process: If new to our practice, interested patients should contact the Long Island New Patient Counselor at (631) 752-0606. Patients who are already in treatment with us should contact their Long Island IVF Financial Counselor to learn more about this grant.  Although there is no required application form, applicants must submit proof of residency and income. Grant awards are contingent upon grant funding availability. Unlike loans, the funds provided to couples through this Jade Foundation IVF Grant program do not have to be paid back.

Just a point of clarification…

The Jade Foundation IVF Grant is exclusively available at and through Long Island IVF. It should not be confused with the Cade Foundation’s IVF grants, which are also wonderful opportunities for infertile folks nationwide to build their families. That said, please see below for news on how you can have a great night out and also qualify to win a Free IVF cycle door prize donated by Long Island IVF in its “Brew For The Family” event on June 4th, co-sponsored by Cade. (Confusing, right?) But it’s all good stuff.

Whether you go for Jade, or Cade, or both, we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Have you ever considered applying for an IVF grant to pay for some or all of the costs of treatment?

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Long Island “Brew For the Family” Event- June 4, 2015

Would winning a FREE IVF Cycle door prize help you or a loved one build a family?

Join us on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 from 7:30-10PM at the Long Island Brew for the Family event hosted in partnership with the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation.

We have come together to spread the message that infertility can be overcome! Enjoy a night out and forget the stress of infertility as we sample craft beers at one of Long Island’s premier microbreweries, The Great South Bay Brewery. The evening will include a sampling of 6 beers, guided brewery tours with a master brewer, great food, music, and a silent auction.

Each admission ticket will include one entry into the drawing for a FREE IVF CYCLE* door prize. Be sure to invite your family and friends for even more chances to win, as the prize is transferrable.

To purchase tickets and learn more about this event please visit: www.librewforthefamily.eventbrite.com.

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Long Island IVF-WINNER: Best in Vitro Fertility Practice 2015

It is with humble yet excited hearts that we announce that Long Island IVF was voted the Best In Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2015 contest.

We love what we’ve gotten to do every day more than 27 years…build families. If you are having trouble conceiving, please call us. Many of our nurses and staff were also our patients, so we really do understand what you’re going through. And we’d like to help.

 

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Long Island IVF Announces Brew for the Family Event!

By Tracey Minella

April 10th, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Would winning a free IVF cycle make a difference in your life or the life of someone you know?

Has the stress of infertility and the depression that often comes with it caused you and your partner to withdraw from social situations? Are you slipping away from your friends and family because you just don’t feel like going out? Are date nights few and far between?

Well, we’re going to change that. At least for one special night in June.

Long Island IVF has again partnered with the Cade Foundation’s  to bring you another first of its kind event….Brew for the Family …and it’s coming this summer on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 7:30-10:00 pm at the Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore, N.Y.

Each attendee will have a chance to win a great door prize: A FREE IVF CYCLE donated by Long Island IVF*.

Let me repeat that. Every attendee has a chance to win that free IVF cycle door prize (and VIP ticket holders will have two chances!). So gather all your friends and family…you know, all those folks who love you and have been saying how they wish they could help you in some way…and come out for a fun night at the brewery. If they win the free IVF cycle prize, they can transfer it to YOU!

In addition to giving one lucky winner the chance to have a baby, we’re out to have a fun night at one of Long Island’s premier microbreweries and spread the message the infertility can be overcome!  All attendees will enjoy beer sampling, a brewery tour, a souvenir glass, tons of great food, music, and a silent auction. In addition to all that, VIP ticket holders will also enjoy additional beer samplings, a private guided brewery tour with a master brewer, access to the VIP lounge, and a second ticket for the IVF cycle door prize.

The three (3) different ticket options are as follows:

 

Regular Tickets $55.00   

Ticket includes entrance to the event, 6 beer tastings, private tour and a single entry into the drawing for the free IVF cycle door prize.

 

Date Night Package  $100.00  Ticket includes entrance for two into the event, 6 beer tastings each, brewery tour, and TWO entries into the drawing for a free IVF cycle door prize.

 

VIP Ticket  $90.00   Ticket includes entrance for one into the event, sampling of 9 craft beers, private guided brewery tour by a master brewer, commemorative souvenir glass, access to the VIP lounge, a beer themed gift bag, and TWO entries into the drawing for a free IVF cycle door prize.

 

Last year, we brought you Dancing for the Family, which was a ton of fun. Now we’re changing it up and going for the suds! So raise a glass (or up to six) and forget infertility for the night. Non-alcoholic options available, too, of course!

Remember: The coveted door prize is even transferable once*, so encourage your generous friends and family… who may not personally need the Free IVF cycle… to join you at this special event to help increase your odds of winning.

Why not make it a party! Share this event with your friends and bring your own crowd! Who wouldn’t like a night at the brewery?!

While we wish every attendee could win the free IVF cycle, and there’s bound to be disappointment among those who don’t win it, we hope you’ll leave with an overall feeling of satisfaction for being part of this ground-breaking event, since all proceeds raised will enable the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation to offer education-based programming and Family-Building grants to help people overcome infertility. All attendees are strongly encouraged to learn more about the great work the Cade Foundation does and to apply for one of their Family Building Grants for up to $10,000 in financial assistance to pursue fertility treatment or adoption. Visit their website at www.cadefoundation.org. Oftentimes, there are more grants to give away than people who apply for assistance, so be sure to check it out. The application process is easy.

To purchase tickets and learn more about this event please visit: www.librewforthefamily.eventbrite.com.

A portion of each ticket may be tax deductible. See details on the Eventbrite link. Don’t delay. Tickets are first-come, first-served. Click the link and reserve your spot today! Go on. Click. Now.

Someone will win that free IVF cycle*.

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Will you be coming to the event?

 

*See Long Island IVF website and eventbrite ticket purchase site for full details, rules, and restrictions. You must be present at the event to win the IVF cycle door prize.

 

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