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Long Island IVF Proudly Sponsors Long Island Pridefest 2017

By Tracey Minella

June 8th, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Long Island IVF is proud to once again be a major sponsor of this year’s LI Pridefest Weekend here on Long Island. Pridefest is really kicking it up a notch this year not only by moving the festivities to beautiful Long Beach, New York, but by offering a full weekend jam-packed with activities right on the beach. Does it get any better?

From beach parties, concerts, and the Rise with Pride parade to tons of other unique fun things like a carnival, 5K runs, drag bingo and a trapeze show, there is something for everyone’s tastes—singles, couples and families, young and old– and it runs from June 9-11, 2017. And we will be right there for all that Pride on the Beach!

LIIVF has been actively building families for the region’s LGBT community for decades due to its long-standing belief that every person has a right to be a parent and we have long-partnered with the Long Island’s LGBT Network. We pride our practice… which includes members of both the non-LGBT and LGBT communities… on acceptance and inclusion. And we address the unique aspects of LGBT family-building from both a personal and medical perspective. In many ways, your needs are the same as the non-LGBT community, but in some ways they are different. We get that.

Just stop by our booth at LI Pridefest Marketplace Fair on Sunday and meet some of the team. Our prior successful LGBT parents will stop by for impromptu reunions throughout the event, too, and are often eager to share their experiences as well. The Long Island IVF booth will be on the Boardwalk all day and night on Sunday June 11.

Not in the mood to chat long with all the festivities to see? We totally get that! Swing by and grab some of our informational brochures to read later. Enter our free raffle to win a relaxation basket! The forecast looks great, so come on down and meet us.

You can also get to know us later this month as we host “Family-Building the LGBT Way” on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. This very special event will be held in conjunction with the LGBT Network at Long Island IVF’s Melville office located at 8 Corporate Center Drive, Melville, New York.  Dr. Steven Brenner joins other key LIIVF team members to bring you a seminar on everything you ever wanted to know about today’s LGBT Family-Building options. Please pre-register here for this free event. You can also email Lindsay at lmontello@liivf.com with any questions. Light refreshments will be served.

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So who is coming to Pridefest?!

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Will YOU Win Long Island IVF’s Fur-Baby Holiday Photo Contest?

By Tracey Minella

December 14th, 2015 at 1:59 pm

 

Photo of Minion by Liz


Plenty of people love their pets. But no one loves them like those suffering from infertility. When you’re longing for a baby to hold, that four-legged furry thing becomes your “fur-baby”.

Many couples’ pets help get them through the infertility journey. While they are not babies, of course, they definitely help fill the void. They are soft and warm and needy. They offer unconditional love and tons of kisses. And many even tolerate being dressed up for holiday pictures.

At this time of year, it can be particularly hard to handle the onslaught of baby photo holiday cards from friends and family. So last year we decided to create a diversion and give you all a chance to celebrate the adorable fur-babies in your life by holding a fun photo contest.

Want to show off your pet(s)? Send us a photo of your fur-babies. They can be dressed up for a holiday… or not. Upload the photo in the comments section of this post on our Facebook page anytime from now until 5:00 pm EST on December 21, 2015. That’s one week, so get snapping!!!

[We’re required to post a bunch of rules despite the simplicity of the contest, but don’t let the obligatory legalese dampen your enthusiasm to enter your fur-baby! But do read the rules at the bottom of this post in their entirety (sorry!)]

We will randomly select three (3) fur-baby photos, using random.org (or a similar automated random selection system) and announce the selections on December 22, 2015. Each of the three (3) Fur-babies will receive a $50.00 Petco Gift Card!

You do not need to be a patient. You can only enter once. You do not have to “like” our Facebook page in order to enter (but we’d love it if you did!) Remember the selections are by an automated computer system, it is not a judged contest.*

So go on and grab that camera! We can’t wait to see your adorable fur-babies.

NOW HERE ARE THE OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:

 

Long Island IVF 2015 Furbabies Contest Rules

CONTEST RULES: We’re looking for your best photos of your furbabies! Whether they’re dressed up, doing something funny, or just plain being cute, post your photo in the comments below and you could win a $50 gift card to Petco!

*Only provide photos for which you own the rights (i.e. you took it). By submitting a photo, you represent that you own the rights to it, and consent to Long Island IVF’s public usage of your photo on their website and social media channels. There will be no compensation for use but photo credit will be provided. This contest is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

1. Eligibility: Contest open to anyone over the age of 18 with a Facebook account. Employees of Long Island IVF (the “Sponsor”), its advertising or promotion agencies, parent companies, service providers, agents, officers, subsidiaries or affiliates, or any other persons or entities directly associated with the Contest (collectively, the “Contest Entities”) and members of the immediate families of and/or persons living in the same household as such persons, are ineligible to enter the Contest. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. This Contest is void where prohibited.

2. How to Enter: To enter, submit a photo that you have taken of your furbaby on the Long Island IVF Facebook page. There is a limit of one entry per household. Prior contest winners may enter again, but must submit a new photo. No responsibility is assumed for late, lost, damaged incomplete, illegible, or misdirected submissions. No responsibility is assumed for technical, hardware, software or other online entry malfunctions of any kind or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the sender, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest which may limit the ability to participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the submission. If for any reasons (including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of the Sponsor, which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest), the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these Official Rules, Sponsor shall have the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest with no obligations of any kind to entrants.

3. Requirements of Entries: Each entry must be the original work of the entrant, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant, and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, before submission of the entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the entry by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the entry (or their parents or legal guardians if such persons are minors). Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render entry null and void. Entrant understands that Sponsor has no obligation to display, publish, or otherwise include the entry in any Sponsor publication or Website. By submitting an entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she, on his/her own behalf and on behalf of any children or legal wards of the entrant, if any, depicted in the entry, and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the entry (or their parents or legal guardians if such persons are minors), consent to the submission and use of the entry in the Contest and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. By submitting your entry, you agree that your entry conforms to these Official Rules and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may disqualify your entry for any reason, including if it determines, in its sole discretion, that your entry fails to conform to these Official Rules in any way or otherwise contains unacceptable content as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. By submitting your entry, entrants grant to Sponsor and its parent companies and affiliates an unlimited, transferable, exclusive license to use their entry/photograph on Facebook, in editorial publications, advertising material, for promotional purposes, on websites or in any other media form whatsoever that Sponsor may choose without further compensation unless otherwise prohibited by law. By submitting your entry, you agree to assume all liability for and indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, contractors and agents from any and all claims arising out of the publication or use of your entry, including without limitation any failure of your entry to comply with these Official Rules or any representations being made by you herein.

4. Judging: Winners will be selected randomly using a random number generator in conjunction with a list of entrants organized in chronological order of submission date.  Winners will be announced on the Long Island IVF Facebook page on or by December 22, 2015. It is the entrant’s responsibility to check the Facebook page for this announcement, and follow the provided instructions for claiming the prize. Failure to do so within 10 days will result in forfeiture of the prize.

5. Prizes: Three (3) winners will be chosen to receive one (1) $50 gift card to Petco.

6. General Conditions: By participating in the Contest, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, contractors and agents from any and all liability for injuries and damages sustained in connection with participation in the Contest and publication of winner’s photo.  By accepting a prize, each winner grants to Sponsor and its parent companies and affiliates the right to use his or her name, likeness, image, voice, testimonial and/or biographical information, as well as the name, likeness, image, voice, testimonial and/or biographical information of any children appearing in the entry, in advertising and promotion in all media without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.
Sponsor of this Contest is Long Island IVF (Sponsor) 8 Corporate Center Drive, Melville, NY 11747.  This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

 

* Hey did we mention that this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and each entrant or participant completely releases Facebook from any and all claims??

And if you’re not too tired to keep reading…

LONG ISLAND IVF was nominated BEST IN VITRO FERTILITY PRACTICE in the Long Island Press’s “Best of Long Island 2016 contest. If you’d like to vote to help us win… and keep our title from last year… you can vote once per day from now through Dec 15 here:

http://vote.longislandpress.com/engine/YourSubmission.aspx?contestid=192637

 

Photo credit: our good friend Liz and her taco dog, Minion

 

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Be a Hero: Win a Free IVF Cycle for Someone You Love

By Tracey Minella

August 21st, 2014 at 7:23 am

Everyone knows someone who is suffering from infertility. And you wish you could do something to help.

Now you can.

Some infertile people suffer in silence and unnecessary shame. Others are open about the devastation of wanting a baby but not being able to have one without medical intervention. And sadly, not being able to afford costly medical treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the number one reason some people will never become parents.

Who do you know that is suffering? Is it you? Your best friend? A sibling or co-worker? Maybe your own grown child or grandchild? What about that wonderful, child-loving person…that favorite “aunt” to everyone else’s kids… who would make the perfect mom but, oddly, hasn’t had a child of her own yet?

These people need you. Now.

It is time for a random act of kindness. Now.

Here is how you can be a hero today. Buy a ticket to our Dancing for the Family event this Saturday August 23, 2014. Long Island IVF is donating a Free IVF cycle as a door prize at the event. The value of this prize is approximately $10,000 in monetary terms. But for a couple who needs to win it in order to build a family…it’s priceless. How to you put a value on a family?

The Free IVF cycle is TRANSFERABLE*. This is HUGE. It means you can win it for someone you love…or even someone you just like a lot. If you can use it yourself, you’ve likely dreamt of how it would feel to win it. But for those who don’t need it for themselves, just picture how overwhelmed your suffering friend or family member would be if you presented them with this opportunity to get pregnant? Can you even imagine that moment?

How often do we get a chance to make a real difference in someone’s world on a large scale? Like an entrepreneur or charitable organization can? Wouldn’t we all love to have $10,000 or more to help someone in need? Well, here is that chance. It’s not cash, but it’s a potentially life-changing opportunity which may literally deliver a priceless gift.

$65.

An evening of music, professional dance lessons, food, drink, desserts, a silent auction…all in the breath-taking home dance studio of Dancing With the Stars® champions! So order your ticket today and we’ll be seeing you at Dance With Me Studios in Glen Head, NY on Saturday night from 6-9 pm. Tickets are limited. Get your friends together and come out for a good time and a good cause.

For details* about the event, including the Free IVF door prize, and to order tickets click here: http://bit.ly/1p8hDZ9

Someone needs you to take this chance. Will you?

 

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If you’re coming already, that’s great! And if not…Why haven’t you ordered your tickets yet?!

 

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“Dear Mom and Dad, We Need Your Help…”

By Tracey Minella

August 5th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

 

credit: nuchylee/freedigitalphotos.net


It isn’t easy to ask for help. Especially when it comes to financing infertility treatments. But the sad reality is that many insurance companies offer little if any coverage for advanced assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF). And while Long Island IVF, as well as a variety of not-for-profit organizations, participate in grant programs to help with these costs, the demand is always greater than the resources.

In an effort to give back to the community it’s been serving since it created Long Island’s first IVF baby 26 years ago, Long Island IVF is sponsoring an exciting infertility fundraiser event called “Dancing For The Family on August 23, 2014 from 6-9 pm and is donating a Free IVF cycle door prize that one attendee will win that night. The free IVF cycle is transferrable once, subject to certain restrictions, so friends and family can win it for someone they love. Be sure to read the sample letter below to help you invite your friends and family. Tickets are $65 and are limited. They should be purchased online in advance at http://bit.ly/1k9huoG.

The event will be held at the breathtaking Dance with Me Long Island Studios in Glen Head—home studio of Dancing With the Stars champion, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The evening will include music, group dance lessons with Dance With Me Long Island instructors (private lessons for V.I.P. ticket holders), hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts, a silent auction, and a chance to win the free IVF cycle door prize. Since there is no pressure to dance, wallflowers will have plenty of fun, too! The event is co-hosted by The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation® (“Cade Foundation”), a not-for-profit organization that provides education-focused programming and Family-Building Grants for couples suffering from infertility.

Many of you have family and friends who want to help you, but they don’t know how to help beyond lending a supportive ear. Financial help may be awkward to ask for or to receive. But this event offers the perfect opportunity to let them support you emotionally as well as potentially increasing your odds of winning the free IVF cycle door prize, valued at approximately $10,000. They can do all this, and have a fun evening themselves, for only $65. And by attending they are also supporting the infertility community at large.

Here’s a sample letter for you to send to your support system, inviting them to support you and to attend the “Dancing for the Family” event (feel free to tweak it as needed):

Dear Mom and Dad/Sister/Best Friend, etc.:

As you know, we’ve been struggling with infertility. We know you love us and wish there was something you could do to help. The medical treatment we need to start a family is not covered by insurance and the cost has kept us from moving forward at his point. A single cycle of in vitro fertilization (“IVF”) costs about $10,000.—an amount too high for us to ask anyone to help finance.

But there is exciting news.

There is an opportunity for us to win a free IVF cycle at an infertility fundraiser on August 23, 2014 sponsored by [our fertility doctors] Long Island IVF. One attendee will win this free IVF cycle and it is transferable once (subject to certain restrictions), so the more people we have with us who are willing to transfer the prize, the greater our chances of winning it.

Would you please consider purchasing a $65 ticket and attending the event on August 23, 2014? It’s from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm at Dance with Me Long Island Studios in Glen Head, New York– the breathtaking home dance studio of Dancing With the Stars® champion, Maksim Chmerkovskiy!

We would love to have a break from the stress of infertility surrounded by friends and family at an evening of music, group dance lessons with Dance With Me Long Island instructors (private lessons for $100 V.I.P. ticket holders), hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts, and a silent auction. While no one knows who will win the free IVF cycle door prize or the silent auction prizes, we will be raising infertility awareness and important funds for grant and educational programs and having a fun night together in any event. No pressure to dance–wallflowers are welcome, too!

Tickets are limited and should be purchased online in advance at http://bit.ly/1k9huoG. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. The event is co-hosted by The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation® (“Cade Foundation”), a not-for-profit organization that provides education-focused programming and Family-Building Grants for couples suffering from infertility.

If you are able to attend, that would be great, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. Also, feel free to invite anyone else you know who is suffering from infertility or who might enjoy feeling like they’re on Dancing With The Stars for an evening.

And thanks for always being supportive as we continue our family-building journey.

Love,

Us

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Will you be attending the Dancing for the Family event for your chance to win a free IVF cycle? Will you be inviting any close friends and family?

 

photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net/nuchylee

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An Infertile’s Review of “The Lottery”

By Tracey Minella

July 25th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

 

image courtesy of nuchylee/freedigitalphotos.net


“Maybe infertility isn’t caused by the disease. Maybe infertility is the disease.”

You think?

That line comes from a character in a new pilot, The Lottery, which aired Sunday night on Lifetime.

The show is about a “global fertility crisis”, set in the year 2025. The entire world is infertile. Government-sponsored fertility labs all over the globe are desperately trying to determine what disease caused the infertility pandemic in time to save the human race. Is it biological, or maybe environmental? It is unexplained infertility… to the extreme. No babies have been born since 2019…the year the final six kids were born. As you’d expect, those 6 year olds are closely watched by the futuristic government.

We meet Allison, the young, idealistic, female scientist, who somehow manages to create 100 embryos and James, her devoted male assistant. When word gets out, we root for her as the government fires her, takes over her lab, and… through the unilateral decree of a president trailing in the polls… decides to hold a lottery to determine the 100 lucky surrogates for these embryos. With James’ stolen access ID and the feds on her heels, she is only able to access the name and address of one of the egg donors and she goes to meet her because she believes that woman has the right to be a surrogate to that embryo (which she has also stolen). Did I mention she trolls the bars around ovulation time, picking up the unsuspecting men who don’t know it, but were the sperm donors for those 100 embryos (having improperly accessed those medical records too?)

We also meet Kyle, the single dad of one of the final six children born. We root for him while he battles the government who questions his parenting ways and takes custody of his boy. Oh, and Kyle’s a handsome young dad that every woman in the country (especially those in the PTA) wants to be with so they can be a mother his son (and hope for a miracle of their own.)

I have to admit I found myself completely drawn in to this show, as it taps the raw emotion and desperation many infertile people feel. Even though it was easy to embrace the over-reaching and corrupt government as the enemy, I was surprised to forgive and cheer the criminal and often crass actions of Allison and Kyle…all taken in the name of fertility and parenthood. Good cliffhangers will no doubt have infertile fans coining a new phrase…the “one week wait”…when complaining about having to wait until the next episode for answers.

“The Lottery” was an infertility action episode as much as it was a drama. Kudos for being something fresh and original in an era of mostly revamped remakes. But I wonder if the general population saw it as merely far-reaching science fiction? For me, having faced infertility, it was anything but Sci-Fi. In fact, a global fertility crisis could conceivably (no pun intended) be in progress right now. And what is a dystopian, futuristic fictional story today could be tomorrow’s reality TV.

Unlike that movie character, we infertiles already know… too painfully well… that infertility IS the disease.

Here is a link to the pilot on hulu.com (charges may apply): http://www.hulu.com/watch/663416#i0,p0,d0

***Long Island IVF Dancing for the Family Event with a Free IVF Cycle DOOR PRIZE**

If you please, for your own benefit as well as that of the infertile community on Long Island, join us at our come to our “Dance for the Family” benefit on August 23, 2014 at Dance With Me Long Island in Glen Head, New York, home of Dancing with the Stars™ champions. For further details on this night of professional dance lessons, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a silent auction and a chance to win a door prize of a free IVF cycle donated by Long Island IVF and/or to purchase tickets ($65 or $100 VIP) click:  http://bit.ly/1p8hDZ9 .

 

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Did you see the pilot? What did you like or not like? Would you watch it or would you rather watch anything else but an infertility-themed show?

 

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Long Island IVF “Dancing for the Family” Fundraiser with Free IVF Cycle Door Prize

By Tracey Minella

June 25th, 2014 at 5:48 pm


Remember date nights?

Infertility often wreaks havoc on a couple’s social life. Couples who were the life of the party before their diagnosis may start to withdraw from social situations for several reasons including depression, apathy, and financial restraint. If the journey is long, the couple can become virtual hermits.

Sound like you?

Well, we have a very special Saturday night planned with your name on it! Long Island IVF has partnered with the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s Dancing for the Family to bring you an event that is the first of its kind anywhere…and it’s coming this summer on August 23, 2014 at Dance with Me Studios Long Island, in Glen Head, N.Y.

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

So whether you were party animals who loved to tear up the dance floor or just a couple of couch potatoes who watch Dancing With The Stars®, this event is for you. You will get to dance in the very studio where professional and DWTS dancers like Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani call home. You should be sashaying across the floor to order your tickets already, but if you need some persuading to fight that “hermit habit” just picture this…

The big night arrives. It’s date night. At least one of you is excited enough to have made these plans. You’ll get dressed up a bit, maybe for the first time in a while. Your eyes meet. The old spark ignites between you and any apprehension melts away. You’re on your way. The studio is abuzz with excitement. People are eating and enjoying the silent auction. You’ve got a drink in hand. Moods are relaxed, the music starts, and the professional dance instruction fun begins.

By the evening’s end, you’ve rediscovered each other or maybe met some new friends who share your challenge. Perhaps you even cut the rug with one of the LIIVF doctors. You’ve danced and laughed and possibly even won a silent auction prize. Or the free IVF cycle door prize. Someone will win it. And since attendance is limited, the odds are increased.

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.

Go on, make it a party. Share this event with your friends and bring your own crowd!

You’ll leave feeling like a champion 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.

Tickets are available at www.LIDanceForTheFamily.eventbrite.com. Admission tickets are only $65 (or $100 for V.I.P tickets). A portion of each ticket is 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.

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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.

 

Photo credit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/agree-terms.php?id=100248739

 

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Infertility is Like the Oscars

By Tracey Minella

March 3rd, 2014 at 10:32 am

 

photo credit: Ellen DeGeneres


Extra attention was paid to the pregnant woman. Cruel jokes were rampant. There were more losers than winners. It ran longer than planned.

So if you tuned in to the Academy Awards last night for a little distraction from your infertility journey and found yourself less entertained than you expected, maybe you subconsciously sensed these odd parallels.

Like most of America, I love Ellen. I also feel that laughter is the best medicine. But I couldn’t help but notice how the audience started to squirm when the “good-natured ribbing” began. By the time she roasted Liza Minelli with that male impersonator barb and then hammered home Jennifer Lawrence’s latest trip on the red carpet, it seemed that every actor…while smiling and laughing nervously…felt like a sitting duck. Would the next light-hearted joke be aimed at their personal perceived short-coming and expose or humiliate them? If so, will they be able to take it graciously and smile through their pain or embarrassment? How often has this happened to infertile folks in social situations like holiday gatherings or baby showers?

And isn’t it funny (actually no, it’s not) that although there were a few pregnant women proudly showing off their bumps on the red carpet, that the very pregnant Kerry Washington got showered with all the attention? And a coveted slice of pizza. Not much different than in real life…except of course in real life, they’re literally everywhere! Remember the days when pregnant women hid their bellies under ugly frocks and we infertiles could at least pretend they weren’t pregnant? (Me neither.)

And who didn’t feel bad for the losers? Ellen even had consolation prizes. After all, they worked so hard, invested their hearts and souls, and dreamed their whole lives for this all-important goal. Would this be their only chance at the dream? If they lost would they ever get back here again? They came so close and things were looking good.

Yet for every winner, there were four or five others who went home empty-handed. Who can’t relate to that level of disappointment? Who hasn’t crumbled to the bathroom floor at some point along this journey to the crib?

The Oscars ran longer than planned. And cost more than expected because of that. Doesn’t that sound familiar, too? Whoever expected their family-building to take this long…or frankly, to cost anything? Time is no friend to the infertile.

Maybe in the Oscar world, where a gold statue is the prize, it really is an honor “just to be nominated”. But nominations just don’t cut it in infertility. We’re going for the take-home baby. And thankfully, with continuing advances in assisted reproductive technology, the odds of winning get better every day.

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What was the best/worst part of the Oscars?

Photo credit: Ellen DeGeneres

 

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Oscar’s Relationship with Infertility

By Tracey Minella

February 25th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

image courtesy of free digital photos.net

Last night was the 85th Annual Academy Awards celebration. As I watched the show, a small part of me…the cynic…couldn’t help but shake my head at the ridiculous amount of money entertainers make for what they do. (Was I the only one secretly wondering how many IVF cycles could have been funded by that gown Jennifer Lawrence tripped over?) But then, they only make it because we’re willing to pay it to see them. In fact, America loves Hollywood so much that millions of us watch not only their movies, but also shows where they give awards to each other!

Why are movies so important to infertile people? Well, they are still an affordable date for most folks. They’re a good choice for an outing when you have to socialize with those annoying friends that would otherwise talk your ear off about their children. But most importantly, movies are an escape from reality for the infertile couple. True, it’s a temporary one. But as anyone who’s walked a mile in our stirrups knows, we’ll take any escape we can get.

There are dramas that make you cry—a great release of all that pent up emotion and stress. Dramas also make us realize that others are suffering from their own burdens, which is something we may lose sight of when wallowing in our own sadness. Surely, misery loves company.

Then, there are comedies. Sometimes a great comedy is the only thing that can coax that true, long-forgotten belly-laugh out of an infertile person. Laughter really is the best medicine sometimes. (And it beats the heck out of Clomid.)

Of course, there are also animated films. These are tricky. They are usually made for a young audience and attract families, which may make viewing them anything from challenging to unbearable. But some infertile people like them…possibly viewed at home on DVD… because they think of bringing their future child to see such movies someday. I used to buy the Disney DVDs and put them away for my future child “before they went back in the vault for another 10 years”. Anyone else do that?

Then, on only two occasions I can remember, a movie will come along to deal with infertility head-on. This past year saw the release of the Disney movie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green. It was about an infertile couple at the end of their journey who, on the night they decide to give up trying to conceive, wrote down on paper scraps the qualities of the child they longed to have. Then, with heavy hearts, they buried the scraps in a box in their yard. A kick of wind, some Disney magic, and then the next morning, their son “grew” from the garden. The other film I remember starred Nicole Kidman doing IM fertility injections. Anyone remember the name of that one?

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What type of films do you escape with? Or do you escape another way? Did any of this year’s nominees’ or winners’ performances touch your heart?

 

Photo credit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Movies_Theater_and_C_g202-Oscar_Su_Sfondo_Rosso_p12046.html

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Long Island IVF Sponsors 12-12-12 Heels and Handbags Holiday Event!

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December 11th, 2012 at 11:41 am

image courtesy of WBLI radio

Do you have plans for 12-12-12? Now you can party mid-week and maybe even holiday shop at the same time!

Long Island IVF is one of the sponsors of tomorrow night’s Heels and Handbags Holiday Event. WBLI radio describes it as “the hottest ticket in town”. There are freebies and giveaways, including designer shoes and purses…hence the name “Heels and Handbags”!

Long Island IVF enjoys sponsoring community events and will be sending our own Lindsay Montello down to the occasion. If you’re there, be sure to say hello. Better yet, why not snap and upload a photo with Lindsay and share it on Long Island IVF’s Facebook page, so everyone can see the fun they missed.

Ladies, ladies…you do not want to miss this amazing event. So, click on the link below to learn more about how you can win tickets to get in.

There will be drawings every ten minutes for free handbags and shoes, plus the promise that when your friend wins, you do too! When you enter the event, you are entered in the drawings automatically. And there are other giveaways from the sponsors, including a beautiful basket from Long Island IVF.

Now is the perfect time of year check out a party and maybe win some gifts to lighten your holiday shopping list… or to keep for yourself!

The Heels and Handbags Holiday Event is tomorrow Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack. For more information, including a list of sponsors click here: http://wbli.upickem.net/engine/Welcome.aspx?contestid=75868

Looking forward to seeing you there if you’re able to nab a ticket!

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Will you try to get tickets? What kinds of raffle prizes interest you most?

 

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Long Island IVF Supports the Carol M. Baldwin Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Long Island Women’s Expo this Weekend!

By Tracey Minella

October 11th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

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What better way to support breast cancer awareness this month than to attend a fun and informative weekend event that is focused on exclusively on women…and benefits the Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund? Meet us at the Long Island Women’s Expo Weekend!

Ladies, ladies…you do not want to miss this two-day spectacular event. Admission is just $5.00 (cash only). So, head on down the Suffolk Community College’s Brentwood Campus to get in on the action. They’ve got everything of interest to Long Island’s women in the areas of health and beauty, fashion and fitness, wellness and wine! There are tons of freebies…wine-tastings, cooking and fitness demonstrations, and FREE hair and cosmetic makeovers! Plus tons more to see…that’s why it’s a two day event!

Feeling lucky? There are tons of giveaways, raffles and prizes, and the first 250 visitors get a free gift bag. Some of the highlights include:

  • a $500 Expo shopping spree;
  • a $500 Spa “Day of Beauty”  and
  • a Gurney’s “Getaway Weekend” for 4 Ladies

Of course, Long Island IVF’s Lindsay Montello will be there with a special surprise of her own, so be sure to come by our booth for your chance to win!!

Now is the perfect time of year to focus on your health and make some new goals…AND TO SHOP the hundreds of vendors’ booths! Need a new purse? A cool scarf? A divorce? (Surprised you there, right? Well, apparently there are divorce lawyers there, too!) Truly something for everyone!

Or if money is a bit tight, check out all the free stuff… like hair and cosmetic makeovers and wine-tasting! Only $5.00 cash admission, a portion of which goes to benefit breast cancer research! It’s a win-win.

The Long Island Women’s Expo is this weekend Saturday, October 13th  from 10 am-8 pm and Sunday, October 14th from 10 am- 6 pm at the SCCC, Brentwood Campus. For more information, including a list of vendors, sponsors, directions, and the schedule of presentations, click here: http://liwomensexpo.com/events.php#events_schedule

So grab your girlfriends and head out into the fresh fall air. If you go, be sure to snap a picture by our booth and share it on LIIVF’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/longislandivf , so everyone can see the fun they missed.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Do you like to attend Health and Wellness Fairs? What kinds of booths and raffles interest you?

 

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