Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stephaine Stark's Egg Freezing for Every Women

I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Stephanie Stark's book Egg Freezing for Every Woman. If you're contemplating egg freezing, this book is a great place to start your research.  It's clear, concise and very informative. The facts are laid out in an organized and orderly fashion, which is awesome because the egg freezing process can feel overwhelming in the beginning. Who am I kidding? The process is an emotional roller coaster throughout.

Back to the book; here are a few of my favorite parts:

In chapter three, Finding the Best Clinic, Stephanie provides a list of 12 questions you can ask the doctor when "interviewing" fertility centers.  I would say about half of the answers can be found on  a clinic's website so you can have those answers before you even go to the appointment. The remaining will depend on your age and health factors, which you can discuss with the doctor directly. Of the 12 questions, I think these two are most important to remember when choosing a clinic:
  1. Has your clinic achieved live births from egg freezing from women my age?  If so, how many? 
  2. Based on my age and health, how many rounds of egg freezing do I need to go through?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy New Year!

So many great things happened in 2015!  I was given several opportunities to get out of my comfort zone and take more risks.  It was a little terrifying at first, but it opened me up creatively and has been a fantastic experience.  I started studying improv at iOWest and was chosen for the Honor Roll show.  It was a blast!  I never thought this would happen, but I was turned into a cartoon character.  How cool is that?!  An interview about my egg freezing journey and Chill, ran on the front page of the Los Angeles Times with a photo.  In addition, Chill was named one of the top 20 films in the making by From the Heart Productions.  Last, but not least, I traveled to India where I rode and bathed an elephant, attended my first Indian wedding and visited the Taj Mahal.  It was a magical trip!  Looking forward to seeing how this amazing adventure unfolds in 2016!

A big thank you for your support and encouragement. Wishing you a fun-filled and prosperous New Year!
Photo Legend - Row 1: Honor Roll props, new head shot, updated Chill logo; Row 2: Sunday Night interview, Mixed Remixed, elephant bath; Row 3: egg photo credit F. Orr, new head shot, FOX 11 interview; Row 4: me as a cartoon, last Honor Roll show, at the Taj Mahal