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LIIVF Announces Third Early Entry Winner in Free Micro-IVF Contest!

By Tracey Minella

August 13th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

We’re coming down to the home stretch! Less than two weeks left to enter to win a free basic Micro-IVF cycle! Sure, the Grand prize has a face value of almost $4,000.00… but the baby that may result from it would be priceless.

Long Island IVF’s Extreme Family Building Makeover Contest…where the Grand Prize is a Free Micro-IVF cycle… kicked off during National Infertility Awareness Week on April 23, 2012. It runs through August 26, 2012.

To enter the contest for your chance to win a Free Micro-IVF cycle, and other great prizes, go to the April 23, 2012 blog post right here at: http://bit.ly/LHbmQR

Or click on Long Island IVF’s Facebook Page Contest tab to learn more right here: http://on.fb.me/L15L9Z

Each month the essay and video entries that get the most “likes” and/or comments will win an early entry incentive prize. Today’s prize is awarded based on July entries. July was a quiet month for video entries but there’s still time to enter an essay and/or a video. Take your time and send in your best work, but not too much time…as the deadline is 13 days away.

Congratulations to Leslie H. for her essay entry which had the most activity (i.e. comments/replies/likes) of all the July entries. Leslie, please email your full name and address to Lindsay at lmontello@liivf.com so we can send you your prize: a beautiful, hand-made fertility-themed necklace from Hoping Believing Waiting, identical or similar to this one.

Imagine how your life could change if you won a free Micro-IVF cycle? Don’t delay…enter the contest today! Maybe your essay or video will win the early incentive prize for August. Or maybe it will win the Grand Prize. Getting your story out can be therapeutic, as some of our essay entrants have confirmed. But you gotta be in it to win it, as they say.

Last year’s competition was fierce and this year’s promises to be more of the same. Procrastinators and perfectionists often submit at the last minute. And the last minute is approaching, ladies!

Need inspiration? Check out some of the amazingly beautiful and moving videos submitted this and last year, here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=FLSq5aQO1WW7spnS1KiSUW1Q&feature=plcp

An essay or video telling the story of your fertility journey will make a wonderful personal keepsake for the future, whether or not you win the Grand Prize. And, unlike the early incentive prizes, the Grand Prize is awarded by a panel, not by popularity, so you can enter to win right up to the last minute! But why wait?

So grab those keyboards and camcorders and get your story going! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Surviving Infertility in a Hurricane

By Tracey Minella

August 29th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Mother Nature can be a real b*tch.

Right on the heels of a ridiculously rare earthquake this week came the almost as rare hurricane on Long Island this weekend. What’s next? Locusts?

And while you guys snickered at my earthquake post (yes, I heard you), the impending hurricane actually did get your attention. At least one patient used our social media platforms to ask if the embryos are safe in a hurricane. And I’m sure many others wondered in silence.

Now to get the full effect here, you need to imagine me in a raincoat beside the shoreline, being pelted by gusting winds and rain, like any good storm reporter. Ready?

“Hello folks, this is Tracey Minella with East Coast Fertility News, reporting live from Plainview, New York, where throngs of infertility patients awaiting Hurricane Irene’s arrival are wondering if their embryos will be safe from the storm.

Despite the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency and evacuation orders, I’m standing here in a puddle up to my waist in the ECF parking lot. Right behind me is the Long Island Expressway which is totally dark and deserted except for a scattering of disabled cars.

That blaring beacon of light in the distance is coming from the ECF facility that houses the embryology lab down on Old Country Road… obviously glowing from its back up generator automatically kicking in. [Crowd erupts in applause] Now back to you in the studio.”

As we learn from the casualties in every natural disaster that even the best back-up plans don’t offer guaranteed immunity from harm due to Acts of God, you can take comfort that ECF has plans and procedures in effect designed to safeguard and offer heightened protection to your precious cargo in such precarious circumstances.

In a coincidental strike of stress-reducing good timing, the IVF lab is on a scheduled break from retrievals and transfers until September 7th. But in the event this hurricane (or any yet to come) caused major and prolonged power outages in ECF offices, patients needing an IUI or other time-sensitive or essential medical services could be accommodated in ECF’s generator-powered facility on Old Country Road.

In other words, ECF’s got your back.

There has been no disruption to services at ECF from Hurricane Irene and all offices are open for their regular business hours and services.

In the event of another hurricane, feel free to call the ECF office or service for further instructions and/or information from the medical and support staff. They will be happy to help you. Not just this week, not just this hurricane season, but always.

And check the website, blog and facebook for updates as well. We will post them so long as cable/internet service is not interrupted. Better yet, why not "Like" us on facebook right now, so you can receive and access important weather-related or other updates even faster?

Hope you all are safe and did not have much damage from Irene.

Be sure to check back this Thursday when we post the three lucky winners of the video contest!!!! Then again next Tuesday when the free micro-IVF cycle winner is announced!

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Feel free to share your storm experience with us here.

I’ll start things off:  I have a huge tree on my den roof and believe the effects of no internet or facebook access for two days will haunt me for years after that tree is removed.

How about you?

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Infertility and the Genie

By Tracey Minella

August 5th, 2011 at 9:16 am

Once upon a time, there was a couple suffering from infertility. They felt alone as they observed the fertile world from the outside, like kids on the wrong side of the locked playground fence.

They paid a king’s ransom for potions designed to bring them the baby they desperately wanted, but nothing worked.

Then one day, while walking through the woods to get some water from the well (there’s always a well in the woods in these stories), the couple came upon a pee stick on the ground.

The woman, seeing it hadn’t been used, rubbed it and..poof! Out comes a genie. Sort of.

Startled, the woman excitedly says without taking a breath, “Oh thank God. I can’t believe it. Three wishes. Well, I only have one…I want to have a baby! So genie, make me pregnant!”

With that, the Genie replies “Has anything good ever come to you from a pee stick before? I ain’t that kind of genie. I’m actually just an apprentice genie. You get one wish. Oh, and it can be anything EXCEPT to be pregnant.”

You #$#@% useless genie”, snarled the woman. Then she figured that she’d better take advantage of the opportunity given to her to ask for something that could somehow make her quest for a baby go more smoothly, more quickly. Something that would help her to reach her goal of getting pregnant since this pee stick genie could not just blink her pregnant.

So ladies…imagine I am your pee stick genie. (Hey, I’ve been called worse.)What would you ask for if I could grant you one wish? What can ECF do for you to help you get to your goal? How can we solve a problem or ease a burden on your journey? Is it something emotional? Physical? Financial?

What would you ask for? We are listening for ways to help you. You asked for a guys group and we made one.  We’re offering contests with ways to enter anonymously. For those who don’t enter, why don’t you? Would you prefer something else? Let us know.

What’s in the way of you having a baby and how can we remove that obstacle?

Your wish is my command.

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Channel Your Inner Speilberg

By admin

July 28th, 2011 at 9:29 am

Your next chance to win a free Micro-IVF cycle is coming! I know you’re all excited to hear about East Coast Fertility’s third contest of the summer. We will be kicking it off on Monday morning!

All I will say right now is that you may want to charge the camcorder or FLIP video recorder and be sure it’s in working order. This one’s gonna be very fun and exciting!!! It’s killing me to hold off the details until Monday.

This one will require a bit more effort than the prior two contests, but the prizes will be better. And of course, let’s not lose sight of the one Grand Prize that’ll go to one of the winners of our summer contest series…a free Micro-IVF cycle! Now if a chance to win that…valued at $3,900.00!…isn’t reason enough to enter the contest, I don’t know what is!

Actually, I can share another small detail today. This contest is gonna run all the way til August 28th! It may sound far away, but don’t procrastinate…you know how fast the end of the summer seems to get here!

Prior contest winners are encouraged to enter this one as well!

And speaking of our prior winners…Hey, this is the last call for claiming your prize from June’s “Make Us Gasp” contest. (You know who you are!). Cause ya know, there’s a cute pair of shoes I’ve been eyeing lately and that VISA gift card of yours is burning a hole in my pocket!

While you’re playing around with the camcorder this weekend and brushing up on your videographer skills, I have a thought that will make you smile:

Your baby could be a three minute video away.

See you back here in about 96 hours…

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The “Make Us Gasp” Contest Winners Are…

By Tracey Minella

June 30th, 2011 at 1:44 am

Well, this sure was a tough contest to call!

There were so many absolutely jaw-dropping comments that it was all we could do to refrain from hunting down the morons who uttered them and hurting them on your behalf! But in the interest of a civilized society, we held back and hope that karma does it thing.

The five (5) winners will each receive the Invisible Loss CD and a VISA gift card. In addition, they (along with the winners from the April and August contest) will be eligible to win the Grand Prize of a free Micro-IVF cycle, which will be announced on Labor Day!

I’d like to thank everyone who entered. All of your comments were “gasp-worthy”. And they inspired great, supportive dialog here on the blog and on facebook…which is wonderful to see. We’re developing a nice community here and are so glad you are a part of it.

Please remember we have another, different contest coming in the beginning of August, with more winners to crown. It’s going to be our biggest one yet and will be a great, creative challenge for all of you. And as soon as that one’s over, we’ll be announcing the winner of the Grand Prize on Labor Day!

And I have yet another awesome contest in mind to take us into the winter. But I can’t reveal it since I haven’t told Dr. Kreiner just yet. But, hey, I know he’ll be on board with it! Oh, the secret is killing me!

Anyway, enough of all that. You’re here to see who won, right? Well, here are the 5 winning entries (in no particular order and in different font sizes depending on what forum their entry was submitted in), who finished the statement: “THE MOST SHOCKING THING ANYONE EVER SAID TO ME ON MOTHER’S/FATHER’S DAY WAS…”

Jen T

Cdubin

Danny Mack

Stacie Penny

Jenni B

Clerk on Mothers Day –
 Clerk:  No kids? Well, they say the problems in this life are a direct result of our actions from a previous life.
Me: …Great, I feel better knowing I’m to blame.  Does that explanation make you feel better about your inability to think before you speak?

As a pre-K teacher, I was hosting a mother’s day workshop.   I was given the pity eyes and told “Imirtz Hashem” by you, at the right time but very soon!”  (Imirtz Hashem being translated from Hebrew to English as G-d’s will.)   Now here comes the shocker, another parent saw I felt embarrassed and said to me, “I think you should give her the same “chizuk” (inspiring words), umm the next time you happen to see her at funeral!!!”

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The most shocking thing anyone ever told me on Father’s Day was, "Why should I wish YOU a happy Father’s Day? They’re not your REAL kids, you’re only a STEP Father!"  …and no, I never spoke to him again… 

Thanks for the therapy session. I haven’t told many people about that….although HE should be the one embarassed, not me.

"…You have rotten eggs anyways!…" WTH?!?!

The worst thing anyone has ever said to me on Mother’s Day… as I was hosting 40 people for Mother’s Day dinner my sister in law told me how it must be nice to have so much time on your hands to do what I want to do and how she has to prep everything once her four kids go to sleep.

Anyone who won needs to contact Lindsay by email at lmontello@eastcoastfertility.com to claim your prizes. In our last contest, one winner failed to follow the rules regarding timely claiming her prizes and another winner was chosen in her place!

Thanks again to all who entered and to all who help make this blog the supportive place it is. Please watch for new contests and feel free to suggest topics for future posts. This is your space.

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Last but not least, I always do something special on the last day of the month for the guys, but this month I had to do it a day sooner. But it sure was special…I got you guys hooked up with a guilt-free GNO (guys night out!) Well, it won’t be a man-cave thing, but I promise you’ll love it! I feel the testosterone in the air already!

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Make Us Gasp to Win Free Micro-IVF!

By Tracey Minella

June 6th, 2011 at 12:31 am

Ready to claim your spot in the winner’s circle? Want a chance to win the Grand Prize of a free Micro-IVF cycle? Five winners from ECF’s first contest have already secured their spot. Now it’s time for five more to join them.

The June contest, our second of three this summer, kicks off today and runs through June 26, 2011. Men and women are encouraged to enter. The five (5) winners will be announced on June 30, 2011. Each winner will receive a Visa gift card and a copy of the CD Invisible Loss by songwriter and former infertility patient, Deb Grissett, (which non-winners or impatient folks can download through www.fertilityadvisors.com ) and, will be eligible (along with the winners of the first contest in April and the third contest in August) to win the one grand prize of a free micro-IVF cycle, which will be awarded on Labor Day!

See complete rules below.

Unlike the first contest, which was an essay on your infertility journey, this contest is shorter…but not necessarily sweeter.

To enter, you must complete the answer to the following statement, in preferably 50 words or less:

“THE MOST SHOCKING THING ANYONE EVER SAID TO ME ON MOTHER’S/FATHER’S DAY WAS…”

Okay. You can answer on this blog post in the comment section below, or on the East Coast Fertility Facebook page under the comments to this post there, or on the www.faceoffertility.com forum on the ECF website or by email. Or if your answer is super short, you can answer it on Twitter…follow us there as ecfertility.

We’re looking for answers that make us shake our heads in disbelief, laugh out loud (if appropriate), or make our jaws drop at the sheer awfulness. So bring us your funniest, your most stupid, your meanest, your tear-jerkers, and your ass-kickers, and your overall worst comments ever received. (And if space allows, please include your response to the moron!)

We’ve all been victims of senseless fertile folks. Sharing your experience here could win you a free micro-IVF cycle. So think back. Pull that knife out of your heart. And tell us what they said.

Go on. You know you want to.

In addition to the above, here’s the rest of the rules:

1.  You must be 18 or over to enter.

2.  You must enter online (no mail-in or handwritten entries).

3.  You can enter with your real name or a user name.

 

4.  You may enter your statement…preferably 50 words or less… by email or by posting it on only ONE of these ECF sites:

     www.thefertilitydaily.com blog as a reply/comment to THIS POST only!

OR

     www.faceoffertility.com forum

OR

    East Coast Fertility’s local business Facebook page.

OR

    On East Coast Fertility’s Twitter @ ecfertility.

DO NOT POST YOUR STATEMENT ON ALL THREE SITES. CHOOSE ONLY ONE.

5.  You may enter only one statement, and it will be eligible to win each day of the contest, so enter early for best chances. It can be poignant or humorous, but should be truthful. Make us laugh or cry with you. Shock us and make us mad on your behalf. Just speak from your heart. DO NOT INCLUDE ANY VIDEO OR PHOTOS OR IMAGES WITH YOUR ENTRY!

6.  All entries meeting the criteria herein will be considered. However, if you want to really want to noticed, get your friends and family to “LIKE” your entry post! Winners of all prizes, including the Grand Prize Free Micro-IVF cycle ($3,900.00 value) will be decided by a panel of ECF physicians and staff and the judges’ decisions are final.

7.  The CD and gift card winners can either pick up their prizes or ECF will mail them. Failure to provide ECF in writing with an address for mailing within 30 days of notification of winning by publication of your name/user name on this blog will result in forfeiture of the prizes, including the chance to win the micro IVF cycle, and ECF will have the right to award it to another entrant.

8. Winner of the Grand Prize Micro-IVF cycle must undergo the Micro-IVF procedure on or before December 31, 2011, unless ECF, in its sole discretion grants an extension of time to the winner in writing.   If the winner is or subsequently becomes pregnant at or after the announcement of the winning entry and prior to undergoing the Micro-IVF prize, she will forfeit the prize and ECF may award it to another eligible entrant.

9.  The Grand Prize is NOT transferable and may not be redeemed for cash value or for a credit against any other services rendered, past or future.

10. The Free Micro-IVF cycle is valued at $3,900.00 and is the basic Micro-IVF cycle offered by ECF. It covers the monitoring services of the ECF physicians and nurses for the duration of the cycle. It does not include the anesthesiologist, if needed, donor gametes, if needed, medications, cryopreservation, if applicable, required lab and screening tests, or other procedures, including but not limited to discretionary embryology services such as ICSI, assisted hatching, embryo glue, co-culture or other surgical or diagnostic procedures beyond the scope of the basic Micro-IVF program, if needed. It does not include any travel, lodging, food, or other such expenses.

11. The ECF physician retains the right, based on a review of the winner’s particular medical condition and other related factors, to determine at any time from the initial visit through retrieval and/or transfer, that Micro-IVF is either not medically advisable to commence or, if already commenced, then not medically advisable to continue, in the winner’s case. The denial or cancellation of the Micro-IVF is in the sole discretion of the ECF physician, as the patient’s safety and compliance with screening guidelines are of utmost concern. In such a case, the winner understands that ECF is under no obligation to provide winner with any substitute prize, or monetary or any other compensation for time, out-of-pocket costs or disbursements or damages of any kind whatsoever.

12. The grand prize winner must undergo all pre-requisite testing and screening, including physical and psychological testing, which is standard procedure for IVF patients in the ordinary course of ECF’s practice, prior to commencing the Micro-IVF cycle. It is possible that some (if not all) of this screening may be done through the winner’s hometown OBGYN, but as noted previously, it is the financial responsibility of the winner to undergo said testing.

13.The grand prize winner must represent in writing at the time of the initial office visit to discuss commencing the free Micro-IVF cycle, that she does not currently have medical insurance coverage for IVF on any medical plan whether through herself, her partner or spouse, or her parent, or that if she does, the IVF allowance has been exhausted.

14. ECF is not responsible for any technical difficulties or malfunctions with respect to any of the three online sites on which essay contest entries can be submitted whether or not same are in the ultimate control of ECF. It is the responsibility of the entrant to properly and successfully post an entry on one of the available sites in a timely manner. Entries will be accepted beginning 12:01 am EST on Monday June 6, 2011 and end at 11:59 pm on Sunday June 26, 2011. In addition, ECF reserves the right to tweak and/or modify the rules of the contest up until the prizes are awarded.

15. The five (5) winners will be announced on TheFertilityDaily blog (www.thefertilitydaily.com) on Thursday, June 30, 2011.

16. Winners of the prior essay contest in April, 2011 are eligible to enter this contest as well.

17. ECF has no relationship with the website www.fertilityadvisors.com  or its owner, real or implied, financial or otherwise, and expresses no opinion as to the content of the Invisible Loss CD which has been donated as a prize for the winners of this contest.

 

Phew!! Glad all the required legal stuff is over!

Now, let’s get that entry in…

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Oprah Finale: No Big Loss to Infertile Women

By Tracey A. Minella

May 25th, 2011 at 12:00 am

Relax Oprah lovers. I’m not saying this larger than life woman did not leave a major imprint (and footprint) on society over the last 25 years. She’s been arguably the most influential and successful American woman on the planet. Her incredible generosity has helped people the world over.

But she hasn’t championed the cause of infertile women during the last quarter century… and she could have. There was so much power and influence and charitable dollars at hand, but the consensus seems to be that the pain of the infertile woman was not high on her agenda.

First, she covered the topic pretty infrequently on her national show over the course of twenty five years. And when she did, I think she often disappointed the infertile women in her audience. What a shame that she squandered the opportunity to spotlight infertility in a productive way to huge audiences of women who would likely have done anything Oprah asked of them…from writing legislators, to considering being egg donors, surrogates or gestational carriers, to well…reading a book on how to be a supportive and sensitive friend to infertile couples.

She’s been called insensitive for glossing over Jenna’s post-IVF miscarriage in “Thirty Something in America”.  And simply naming an episode “Wombs for Rent” shows a lack of respect to surrogates and gestational carriers. It’s cold. 

People remember in a mostly negative way the show about surrogates/ gestational carriers in India, and how Martha Stewart was financing her daughter’s IVF attempts to the tune of $28,000/month. Wow, who couldn’t relate to that? I mean, don’t we all have parents footing our IVF mega bills? Really, Oprah? You probably had every infertile woman in America tuning in for words of wisdom and support, and valuable information on infertility. Who do you think benefited from that segment?

A show on sperm donation failed to include representatives from sperm banks or attorneys representing anonymous donors’ rights. Instead, it presented a one-sided position which heavily favored the right of the offspring to know the donor’s identity over the rights of the donor and recipient for donor anonymity in accordance with the agreement under which the specimen was obtained. The interests of all parties…offspring, donor and recipient…should have been fully examined and given equal importance. But that doesn’t always make for good ratings. I guess its okay to frighten off potential donors by worrying them that the anonymity under which they donate may disappear. Wonder how low the sperm bank supplies plunged after that show?

And I thought her show with Suzy Orman and the Octomom was more like Jerry or Montel. People on internet forums openly and harshly criticized Oprah for what’s been described as bullying a woman of questionable mental capacity. Those who missed it can only imagine how bad it was if the woman most of America thought was vile came out as sympathetic! Some viewers claimed they’d never watch her again after that show. Not that Oprah would miss them.

Maybe Oprah couldn’t help letting down the infertile women. She’s chosen to live child-free, which is fine, of course. She just doesn’t “get” us and our selfless, burning maternal needs. Which is too bad for us, because if she’d been so inclined, she could have really made a difference.

Imagine if she did a show with top REs from all over America, and every audience member was an infertile woman. And then imagine at the end, when they reached under their seats, there’d be a gift certificate for a free IVF cycle. Maybe I missed that episode?

What a difference a free IVF cycle would make in a woman’s life. Better than cars and trips to the Outback, that’s for sure. East Coast Fertility is holding a series of contests right now, in which one woman will win the grand prize of a free Micro-IVF cycle. Imagine doing this on an Oprah-sized scale?

Oprah, if you’re listening, it’s not too late to change the lives of infertile women. You can make this right. We can help.

With your financial support, we’d be happy to set up a scholarship, grant program, or other such fund to benefit infertile women. Just have your people call our people…if we had people.

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How do you think Oprah’s show influenced the interests of infertile women? Did she help them or hurt them or have no effect? Maybe I missed something really great that she did for the infertile population and someone can tell me and I’ll reconsider my opinion of her as a great and charitable woman who fell short in a key area?

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Happy National Infertility Awareness Week

By Tracey Minella

April 27th, 2011 at 4:34 pm


Well, there’s an oxymoron for you. Nothing should begin with the word “happy” and include the word “infertility”, if you ask me. And yes, I know…you didn’t ask me. But having been an IVF patient and a medical assistant in Dr. Kreiner’s practice, and now the primary writer of ECF’s blog, The Fertility Daily, http://www.eastcoastfertility.com/about/ecfblog, I have a unique perspective on infertility-related things. And if you know me from the blog, you already know I like to share.

Starting with the fact that for the infertility patient, every single minute of every freakin day is    Infertility Awareness Day.  So, giving us just a week is kind of insulting. Don’t you think?

So, how do we mark this week? Even Hallmark doesn’t have a card for this occasion…yet. And it certainly doesn’t seem like a celebration is in order, right? No one’s boss is sending flowers or candy. If the boss even knows.

Which brings me to the next conundrum about this week: How do we call attention to “our week” when so many of us haven’t even told our closest friends and family that we’re suffering from infertility yet?

In fact, many patients understandably go to incredible lengths just to keep the boss and co-workers in the dark, for reasons ranging from unfounded but real embarrassment to the fear of losing their jobs…and insurance benefits…upon discovery of their “secret”.

No one can understand the intensity and rawness of the range of emotions of an infertility patient … unless they are an infertility patient. Not your mother, your doctor, your best friend, or even your spouse. It’s something only you can feel the true depths of.  And calling attention to this week may not make you feel better. But it is necessary. Why?

Over the years, raising awareness of infertility has ever so slowly resulted in increased insurance coverage and benefits, and more grant programs to defer some of the costs of treatment. In addition, it has enabled IVF offices to reach out and offer opportunities to the community for discounted or free treatments, such as East Coast Fertility’s current contest.

In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, ECF is kicking off a contest where five winners (one each day of NIAW 4/25-4/29) will each receive a copy of Jodi Picoult’s new infertility-themed bestseller, Sing Him Home, plus a spa finder gift card! And that’s not all…each of the five winners will be eligible to win the grand prize of a FREE MICRO-IVF CYCLE. Complete rules are posted on the ECF facebook page, ECF website, The Fertility Daily blog and ECF’s face of fertility forum. It’s our way of showing how much our patients mean.

Raising awareness has also helped patients find blogs and support groups to help them through this journey, so please consider “liking” ECF on facebook, or at least bookmarking the blog.

And just as National Infertility Awareness Week will come and go, so too will this journey you are on. Even if it seems never-ending at times. It will end.

And because we raise infertility awareness, the technology gets better every day, and your chances for a happy ending get better daily, too.

Well, look at that…a sentence with the words “happy” and “infertility” in it. Things are looking up.

            

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