Friday, September 28, 2012

Laura's Aha! Moment

Check out the last article from Laura Naaman's egg freezing journey, What's Oprah Got To Do With It?  My favorite excerpt is from the last paragraph:

"...I have a really good life. God, or whoever (let’s be honest God is probably Oprah anyway) has taken care of me. If I’m meant to have kids, I’ll have them. If I’m not, I still have a lot of other amazing stuff. Hilarious friends, a fun job, parents who—despite what the butt doctor says—truly DON’T give a crap if I give them grandkids or not. In the meantime, I will sleep until noon on the weekends, and do my very best not to make myself miserable trying to avoid some vague possible future regret."

Laura, thanks so much for allowing us to come along with you on your journey!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Me and Kim Kardashian

I never thought I’d be saying this, but it seems that Kim Kardashian and I have something in common.  And no, it’s not a sex tape… She’s freezing her eggs!  

In the season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim starts hormone shots to begin her egg freezing journey.  She says, “I decided to get my eggs frozen so that when the time is right I am prepared in case something happens.”   
At 31, Kim is at a pinnacle place in her fertility.  Like the rest of us egg-freezers, she’s making a proactive choice to extend her fertility. Good luck in your journey Kim!
To read more about her story, click here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Advocacy: Life After Egg Freezing

I read an article on called Advocacy:  Life After Egg Freezing.  When I got to the last paragraph, I noticed my name and a quote!   Here are some other parts that stood out: 
  • "I believe that we are driven to advocacy because many of us just didn't know.  We didn't know how quickly fertility declines after 35." 
  • "What matter is the common bond that unites us.  Once we know more about our own fertility, we want to share our own experience and help ease the way for other women....We are not ashamed to be open about fertility.  It is no longer...ssshhh...the dreaded 'F' word." 
  • "As Jenni who recently froze 9 eggs so eloquently says in her case study, 'There have been many women before you.  There will be countless women after you.  You're not alone.'"
To read the full article, click here. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My Eggsurance "Women Like You" Interview

A few weeks ago, I shared my egg freezing experience with the founder of the Eggsurance website, Brigitte.  To check out my "Women like You" Interview, read below.

Current age: 36
Age eggs were frozen: 36
# of eggs frozen:   9

Why did you freeze your eggs?
I’ve always wanted to have a family. That’s never been a question for me. Turning 35 really threw me for a loop. I was no longer in the early-thirties bracket. I just kept thinking, “I’m halfway to 40.” You know the scene in When Harry Met Sally where Sally is in her bathrobe crying and she says, “And I’m gonna be 40….Someday.” That’s what I felt like. Forty was five years away at the time, but it was looming. I had to be really honest with myself about what I wanted for my future. If having kids was important to me, taking action to possibly extend my fertility seemed reasonable enough. I made the decision to freeze my eggs because I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to have my own children AND I didn’t want to pressure myself to choose a partner just because I wanted to have a family. It’s all a matter of timing.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Rabbis Urge Single, Orthodox Women to Freeze Eggs

The Orthodox faith places a high importance on starting a family.  This article introduces us to Rebecca who is a 38 year old, single Orthodox Jew.  She experienced a stroke at work, sparked by a migraine medication, two weeks before her wedding.  Falling to the floor, she suffered a broken neck which caused both spinal cord and brain injuries.  When her fiance realized the magnitude of her afflictions, he changed his mind about getting married.  With the blessing of several rabbis and the hope of raising a family, Rebecca has decided to freeze her eggs. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Laura's Moment of Truth

Check out part six of Laura Naaman's egg freezing journey.   My favorite quotes from the piece:
  • "Um…the whole point of this is to NOT FEEL PRESSURED TO MEET A MAN, not to feel MORE pressure to meet a man so I don’t have to spend another $10,000."
  • "It occurs to me that I may have been played by the whole Fertility Industrial Complex. First I’m panicked about my fertility, then I am offered a possible solution. But the solution only kinda works, and would work better with more time and money and needles. And even then, it still might not work." 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Should I Freeze My Eggs?

Heather is a 33 year woman getting married in five weeks.  Of course, since she's on the path to matrimony, there's a new question people are looking for her to answer.  Here are a few interesting quotes from her article:
  • "It comes as no surprise that our peers should ask us when we intend to start a family.  Isn't that the next natural step?  First comes love, then comes marriage, the comes...?"
  • "Without getting all women's lib on you, men are incredibly fortunate when it comes to procreation.  Aside from avoiding the obvious nine-month pregnancy and giving birth bit, men can procreate well beyond obtaining their senior status, making their sense of urgency less dire."
  • "Starting a family at 35 or older does raise fertility concerns, so wouldn't it be a viable option to freeze your family-to-be until you were mentally or financially prepared?" 
To check out the full article, click here. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dear Mr. Camera Guy

     I've been thinking about a commercial audition I had a few weeks ago.  We were asked to bring a picture of our kid, if we have one, to the casting.  Since I don't have children, I arrived without a photo in hand.  From past experience, I know this isn't a big deal.  Sans photo, they will ask if I'm good with children (or at least not allergic) and move the audition along.  Honestly, I could bring a picture of someone else's child, but there's really no point.  If I'm cast, they'll hire a precious little, mini-afro girl to be my offspring for the day.