Monday, July 28, 2014

BE the Change

Mahatma Gandhi said: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

He was right. If you want things to change, you have to find your voice and make the change. 

For a long time I have been complaining about the fact that the law in California that mandates the coverage of infertility treatment, specifically excludes the coverage of IVF. It makes me angry and it's unfair. How can a medical procedure not be covered by medical insurance?

I have complained, and complained and COMPLAINED about how ridiculous this is. We do not want to do IVF (it's not exactly a bag of laughs). We are not opting to do IVF rather than have a child naturally. We have no option to be able to conceive except through IVF because I have a medical condition I have whined and moaned and obsessed about the fact that IVF isn't covered by insurance, but have not actually tried to do anything about it How can one person make a difference?

Then I saw a news story on and a light bulb went off. I CAN make a difference. I CAN be heard and I can make sure that others are heard as well.

I have created a petition to change the law that excludes IVF from coverage. You can be the change and sign it and let your voice be heard too! 

Let your voice be heard by clicking here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Waiting Place

The first time I heard Dr. Seuss's Oh, The Places You'll Go! was at my high school graduation brunch. A friend read it aloud to all of us and I have found, throughout the years, that it applies to pretty much everything in life. There will be hang ups. There will be hard times. There will be times when you just have to wait. Right now, I am in The Waiting Place. It happens a lot during infertility treatment.

When you first go to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) you are gung-ho and ready to go. You have a long consult, ultrasound and the doctor orders lots and lots of tests. And then you just wait.

After what seems like forever, you finally start your first round of treatment and for the first two weeks there are a slew of ultrasounds and medications and blood work until you are waiting. Again.

Any new diagnosis or treatment plan change due to any problems that come up along the way? Guess what? You have to do some more waiting!

It seems like there is always something for which you have to hurry up and wait.

Some of you have asked, "When are you doing your IVF?" That is an excellent question and one I wish I was able to answer. We had hoped to be able to "cycle" in August but it looks like that will have to be pushed back a bit. Right now, we are saving money and applying for grants. So here we sit, in the waiting place, hoping to escape soon!

If you are interested in helping us out of "The Waiting Place" click the link "How to Help" at the top of the page!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Best Thing About Being Infertile

Often times in our lives, we focus on the negative things. It's easy to do. It's easier to give in to the negative emotions, easier to wallow in our sorrows. It is hard to remember that for every dark cloud, there is a silver lining. While there are many difficult things that go with being infertile, there is one spectacular thing: the community.

As I have mentioned before, there is a large online support system for women with infertility and throughout my journey I have come across many amazing women who offer unwavering love and support.

An example of this support came for me at an unexpected moment from a woman I have never met in real life. Caroline, fellow blogger from In Due Time, made me an offer I couldn't refuse. As a Stylist for Stella & Dot she offered to host a Trunk Party to fund raise for our infertility treatments! 20% of the profit from purchases made will go towards our Quest for Baby Lane. I was so touched by her offer and surprised by her generosity for a couple she's never met. It reminded me that there is hope and support around every corner.

To participate and shop for a cause, click the link below and get to shopping! You don't have to wait until the 1st, you can start shopping online, today through August 22nd. And don't forget to share it with your friends! Look good and feel good about where your money is going!

Samantha Lane's Trunk Show

Friday, August 1, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Let's Shop & Raise Money For Fertility Treatments!

Hosted by Samantha & Caroline