NPR debut

27 May

There are certain causes and organizations that Nick and I support in any way we can.  One of those is National Public Radio (NPR), and its Nevada affiliate, KNPR.  While we’d love to be in a position to support their efforts financially, lately all our fiscal resources have been going towards medical institutions and pharmaceutical companies.  Instead, I decided to donate my story.  Recently KNPR put out a request seeking stories from those who had undergone fertility treatments.  I responded with a cliff notes version of the past 11 months as well as a link to this blog.  Not long after, I received a call from one of the producers with further inquiries about my situation and an invitation to sit on a panel with others who had sought out fertility options for various reasons.

While it’s now been almost a year since we started the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process by freezing our embryos, the idea of parenthood and taking the next steps of implantation is something that crosses my mind on a daily basis…actually, it’s probably more like an hourly basis.  However, before we can even think about trying to implant any of the ten embryos we’ve frozen, I first need a clean bill of health – which translates to 18-24 months of clean PET scans, with no trace of cancer whatsoever. Even once I have the go-ahead from my doctors to  get pregnant, there’s no guarantee I’ll even be able to carry a child.  Pelvic radiation can affect the integrity of the uterus, and at this point I have no idea just how, or if mine has been impacted; this is something we’ll find out in the coming months. In the mean time, we keep our fingers, toes, and stomas crossed in hopes that we’ll soon be able to take the next steps toward parenthood.  Until then, our canine children have no difficulty keeping us occupied…

You can out the podcast of the KNPR interview by clicking on the link below. It’s approximately a 45 minutes long and I come on during the final fifteen minutes, however the entire panel is quite interesting…enjoy (may take a little time to download).

Website link:

http://www.knpr.org/son/archive/detail2.cfm?SegmentID=7881&ProgramID=2241

MP3 download link:

http://www.knpr.org/audio2011/SON-mp3/110526_fertility-options.mp3

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2 Responses to “NPR debut”

  1. Lyssa May 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Inspiring me everyday Em! I hope all goes well today. One of many many people thinking of you and sending love from Minnesota today!
    LS

  2. fabs May 28, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Em,
    Great job you are amazing!!!You shared you story beatifly.
    Danali and Naia look great !!! miss you guys :)

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