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Infertility, Breast Cancer and Perceptions

Two friends of mine were diagnosed with breast cancer last week. Neither had any family history of cancer and both ended up with double mastectomies. Upon hearing the news, each one’s friends and family rallied around them, offering any help that was needed. I was struck by the universal reaction of love, empathy, and unconditional support that surrounded and u...

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When Losing Weight is More Than a New Year’s Resolution

As predictable as the sun rising and setting, the minute the calendar flips to a new year, we can count on the barrage of ads and information for weight loss programs. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, the number one New Year’s resolution is losing weight. Unfortunately, as reported in Forbes on January 1, 2013, “University of Scranton research suggests tha...

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Words Matter: Effective Communication Principles for People Dealing with Infertility

Infertility is not for the faint of heart. In addition to coping with monthly cycles of hope, disappointment and hope renewed, you have to deal with any number of other challenges. For many, a big challenge comes in figuring out if, when and how to talk with others about the infertility experience. After countless conversations with those at all stages...

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When Your Mom (or Mom-In-Law) Is Your Surrogate

I saw an interesting story last week. The headline read, “54-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to her Own Granddaughter.” Kelly and Aaron McKissack struggled with infertility for 3 years. Kelly experienced three miscarriages. They had four remaining embryos. Tracey Thompson, Kelly’s mom, understood how painful this experience had been for them and offered to be their surrogate. It had been 30 years since...

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