Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chill and ABC's 20/20 with Aditi Roy

It's been an amazing week!  Yesterday, I was interviewed by Aditi Roy from ABC's 20/20 to be a part of a segment on egg freezing.  The show will also feature clips from Chill!  It's been an exciting journey and I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with you! I'll keep you posted on the air date!

A huge thank you to those who have supported this project from the beginning:  Heidi Durrow, Lesa Lakin, Mandi Forehand, Justin Kuhn, Mary Peralta and last, but not least - my mom!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

All the Cool Kids

A friend of mine shared the article, Want Cool Kids?  Freeze the Embryo, and it made me smile. My favorite quote from the piece:

"Personally, I think it really says something about a person who starts our as a chunk of ice.  It's as if they're already badass even before they reach the fetus age.  They've conquered their early beginnings with flying colors and eventually burst onto the scene as if to say, 'TA-DA! Here I am world!' That's a pretty impressive way to start a life, and there's nothing even remotely inferior about it."

Give it a read and let me know what you think.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Facebook and Apple Offer Egg-Freezing "Benefit"

There's been a ton of talk in the last couple weeks regarding Facebook and Apple adding egg freezing, for non-medical reasons, to their long list of employee benefits.  In January 2014, under surrogacy benefits Facebook began covering the procedure up to $20,000. For Apple, the perk falls under fertility benefits, also covers up to $20,000 and begins January 2015.

How amazing is that?!

Since the news was announced, the egg freezing articles are popping up in my Google alert like no body's business. One afternoon, I ventured into the world below, the place they say to never go -- the comments section. Wow!  Mastin Kipp was right, "That IS where the real action happens."

Perusing through the comments (Man, people can be harsh!), two main themes struck me:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chill and The Mixed Experience Podcast

Last Monday, I joined the lovely New York Times best-selling author, Heidi Durrow, as a guest on her podcast, The Mixed Experience.

She invited me to talk about my involvement in the Mixed community and share more about the egg freezing, movie-making journey that is Chill.

Click here to listen to the episode.  You can subscribe to the podcast for free on iTunes.

I'm also excited to let you know that I will be joining Heidi on some future episodes as a co-host! Stay tuned for more info.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Just Call Me Lefty

A month ago, during my weekly softball game, I broke my hand. My right hand. Like the hand I use to sign checks, flip pancakes, brush my teeth and style my afro.

For those who don't  know me that well, I'm a list maker. When I have stuff to do, it goes on the list.  When it's done, I happily cross it off the list. Sometimes I even complete a task then write it on my list just so I can cross it off.

After surgery, I seriously struggled with being left handed.  I wanted to operate like normal, which was impossible so I spent the majority of my time frustrated.  I was in pain, unable to cross stuff off my list and it was maddening.

After trying and failing to open a bag of Sun Chips one-handed, I threw myself face down on the couch and screamed into a pillow. Yes, like a three year old.  I know, it's just a stupid bag of chips, but that day it was the twentieth thing I attempted and couldn't do. For crying out loud, I just wanted to eat those chips!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How Long Should I Wait?

Here we are well into 2014, and I'm just making my first post of the year.

During my daily peruse of, I came across a very interesting article titled -- The 'Big Lie' in Putting Off Pregnancy.  Of course, I was intrigued so I dove in.  After reading the second paragraph, I wanted to give Tanaya Selvaratnam, author of The Big Lie:  Motherhood, Feminism and the Reality of the Biological Clock, the world's biggest high five!

*graph from Management of the Infertile Woman
Like me, she believes in the importance of promoting fertility awareness EARLY.  If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Women need to understand the full scope of their fertility BEFORE struggles with infertility begin.  "If we know better, we do better." That's what Oprah says, right?  Gaining fertility awareness early, allows women to make the best choices for themselves and their future families.

You should definitely check out the article, but here are a few thought-provoking quotes: