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Lisa Rosenthal has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field, including her current roles as Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications for RMACT and teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a class designed to support, comfort and enhance men and women's sense of self. Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association, where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director

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Yoga Nidra, Infertility and Finding Your Center Post-Thanksgiving

  
  
  

Infertility and the Day After Thanksgiving

Infertility and Yoga NidraWhether you are choosing to indulge in shopping or relaxing into peaceful serenity or some combination of the two, the day after Thanksgiving is just that: the day after. It may have been a lovely day or a rough day or some variation. Fertility announcements abound at this time of the year and putting on a happy face when you are feeling sad for yourself is not always easy. Nor is it gentle on our own hearts.

 

Overindulging can take on a lot of forms. Eating is only one. Whether we eat because it’s delicious or because we’re sad or happy or any other feeling, we do sometimes overdo it.

 

Wearing a mask for too long is burdensome and emotionally exhausting. We wear a mask when we feel one way and say and act another way. That can be over indulging too; not honoring yourself and your feelings as valid and important.

 

We tend to overindulge on holidays, in so many ways. We create an idea, based on the past about how the holiday “should” be. Or we decide how we want it to be. Rarely are we available to experience the moments as they are. That’s over indulging too, one of my favorite kinds, where our fantasies become more tangible than our realities.

An Invitation to Yoga Nidra and Finding Your Center

The Friday after Thanksgiving, I teach a way to achieve Yoga Nidra instead of any of my regular classes. It’s become a tradition up at PhysEd in New Milford, CT, for my students who are used to a vigorous class to come, practice lightly and then repose into Savasana for almost an hour.

 

That’s almost 60 minutes of lying down, having arranged the physical body as comfortably as possible, and sinking into yoga sleep. My favorite definition of Yoga Nidra from Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati is below:

 

Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet remain awake. While Yoga Nidra is a state that is very relaxing, it is also used by Yogis to purify the Samskaras, the deep impressions that are the driving force behind Karma.

 

According to the definition of Yoga Nidra and what it is and what it is not, I do not teach or facilitate Yoga Nidra. I create pathways of getting there by using guided meditation to achieve this. I am excited to be teaching Yoga Nidra in a more traditional way this Friday. I hope to have you join me.

 

On Friday night, Fertile Yoga will meet twice, once from 6-7:15 and then from 7:30-8:30. You are welcome to one or the other or both.

 

It will be my first foray into a more traditional Yoga Nidra. I would love to have your company.

 

Whether you have indulged too vigorously in food, or drink, or happiness or sadness, Yoga Nidra will be a way to recenter yourself. To find your way back home.

 

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Gratitude and Loving Thanksgiving Thoughts from RMA CT Fertility Team

  
  
  

Gratitude from the RMA CT Fertility Team

Thanksgiving Thoughts from CT Fertility Team   1It's been four years since the PathtoFertility blog started. From the very first year, on special occasions, we collected the thoughts and sentiments of the Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT fertility team members to share with you. 


This Thanksgiving, we celebrate the fourth anniversary of PathtoFertility and we continue the tradition of sharing what each one of us is grateful for. 


For me, that one is easy. I'm grateful for you, my readers, sharers and inspirers.


Read on to hear from the other members of the RMACT team.


And Happy Thanksgiving ~Lisa Rosenthal


Thanksgiving Thoughts and Love

Thanksgiving Thoughts from RMA CT Fertility Team   2Carolyn G.

I am thankful for my Mother and her unconditional love.  No matter how difficult her day was she saw beauty in her life.  She taught me the importance of listening and learning and I am thankful for all that I do learn from my patients and co-workers every day.   

 

Jill E.
I’m grateful for my family, friends, and the men and women who serve our country!

 

Jocelyn C.
I am thankful for my girls. Their infectious laughter makes me smile. They are the best of friends and that relationship with each other is what I am most thankful for.

 

Peggy B.

I am thankful for my family including my furry boy, Jake, and his unconditional love.  I am thankful for my friends and all the wonderful times we share.  I am thankful for all the great people that I work with and their help throughout the year.  I am especially thankful to the RMA patients that I have had the good fortune to meet-please know that you are truly an inspiration to me.  Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

 

Brenda S.
I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends.  I have truly been given a blessed life and hope that I can give back some of the joy I have received.  Thanksgiving should be every day!

 

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Brigitte A.
Today and every day I am thankful for my family, health and everything I have been blessed with….


I am thankful to work with great people that touch many lives and bring happiness to many families…


I am thankful for being able to say I love my job!

 

 

Kimone N.

I am thankful for life, family, friends and my many blessings!  I am also grateful for laughter because it fills me with joy and love it makes me feel what is means to truly be alive!

 

Tina C.

I am thankful for each beautiful new day when I awake and that I am healthy to enjoy each day.  I’m thankful for the love and support of my family and that they too are healthy.   I’m thankful for having a wonderful medical office to work for and with.

 

Laurie P.

I’m grateful for my DVR which allows me to record my TV shows to watch without commercials. I’m grateful for the Empire Szechuan restaurant which delivers and gets the food to you within 20 min. I’m grateful for my home which greets me with warmth every time I walk in. And I’m grateful for my family who loves me, supports me, protects me and encourages me.

 

R.M.

2013 has been a challenging year – so I am most thankful for getting through it stronger and more patient than before and grateful for what I have learned along the way. I am hoping for all of us to have a more peaceful and joyous year ahead.  

I am also grateful for the more lighthearted and enjoyable moments and whimsical discoveries I made this year – the eggplant frites at The Little Pub, dancing in the kitchen with my son to 80’s dance music, swimming with dolphins, renewed love of all things Andy Cohen,  tank tops from Yummie Tummie, Dark Chocolate almond milk, and my Laura Mercier Caviar eye liner sticks.

Happy Holidays!

 

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Amy M.

i am grateful for my family, good health, great friends, and for a job I love that feels meaningful.

 

Shaun Williams, MD

I am grateful for the opportunity and trust given to me to help provide care for the individuals I see, and I am grateful for everyone at RMA who helps make that care as successful as possible.

 

Also for many other things: those that teach us and our families, the wonderful new office we have in Trumbull, and the recognition that just being in the here and now is an amazing thing—just to name a few.

 

Eloise D.

I’m thankful for everyday things in life that bring delight, relaxation, and peace to the day.  

 

Beth B.

I am most thankful for the team who gave me my beautiful twin daughters through RMA and for the support I received.  I am also thankful for being able to “pay it forward: for others who are going through treatment and I am able to share my experience to help make their journey less stressful.  Also thankful for my family who is extremely supportive who taught me to never give up amongst other life lessons.  Last but not least, I am thankful for a wonderful husband that stands by my side through the toughest times.   

 

Mark Leondires, MD

I am grateful and honored for the opportunity to work in such a wonderful field, with such wonderful colleagues, and with patients on their fertility journeys.  While not everything works out in life how we want, working through the peaks and valleys is what living is truly about. I am thankful that I am always able to keep hope on the horizon as my guide.

 

Thanksgiving Thoughts from RMA CT Fertility Team   5Kim R.

I am thankful for life… Waking up every day and having the energy to work, so I would  be able to provide for all my kids as a single parent… I am thankful for working for a great place and helping others create a family…

 

I am reminded every day to be grateful  for what I have (even through the struggles) I am able to go home to those smiling faces who depend on me to lead them in the right direction in life… I am thankful for my kids who made me who I am today…

 
Nora B.
I am thankful for my children, my family, and my dog who takes Prozac (literally).
On the shallow side, I am thankful for my fireplace, The Grinch, and my Vitamix blender.
I am also thankful that the people I work with make me laugh all the time.
 

Janice P.

I am thankful for my husband, children and my  grandchildren, who are all a joy.

 

 

Dalia D.

I am greatful for my position with RMA!

I am blessed to have my daughter who just made High Honors with her (7) A’s and (2) B’s

I am thankful that I found a doctor and my daughter’s physical pain is easing up

 

Diana D.

I am grateful for my health..the ability to get up and get out into the world every day is heaven. I recently had a scare with corneal abrasions which made so thankful for  the ability to see and to function.

 

Carrie V.

I am thankful for my beautiful children who wouldn’t be here if not for what we do every day. I am thankful for what I had to endure in order to get them in my arms as that gave me the courage I never knew I had and that it ultimately put me on the path I travel today with RMA.  (I didn’t mean for that to rhyme, lol)

 

Janie D.

I am grateful for my husband and family. Through all the struggles I have had, their constant support helps me to be a stronger person.

 

Spencer Richlin, MD
I am thankful for working with such a talented reproductive staff. Their talent and expertise helps our patients become pregnant and makes my job easy and successful

 

Justine H.

I am thankful for my amazing husband and wonderful family. Without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. They give me so much strength, happiness, love and support. I just feel so blessed to have them in my life. They are what truly matters to me.

 

Alicia M.

Thanksgiving Thoughts from RMA CT Fertility Team   6

I am thankful first and foremost for my health, and the health of my family. I am grateful for all the blessings in my life; a loving husband, the family I always dreamed of, a warm roof over my head, friends that care for me, the opportunity to work in a field where I am a small part of a team making a difference in people’s lives. I am also thankful that although things haven’t always been the way I have planned in life I have the support network and capacity to hope for a better tomorrow.

 

Elizabeth M.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my loving family.  We are all very busy  between work, school, and sports and it’s very easy to get lost in our crazy lives.  Taking the time to think of my family truly makes me feel loved

 

Cori C.

I am grateful that I have options; that I am free to make choices.

Being a woman.

Conversations that make me think and the people I have them with

My wrinkles because they are evidence of my laughter and wisdom throughout the years

Love, and that I am loved

The taste and smell of coffee. Also, my new favorite smell…Expresso candles

A great pedicure

The kindness of strangers

Surviving storms of 2013

The hard times: Because they've made me stronger and wiser, and the good times even better.

Friends I've yet to make: I look forward to meeting them! Hmm, I wonder who they'll be.

 

Kate D.

I’m grateful for all of the disappointments, failures and tragedies that I’ve survived in my lifetime. They are proof that there is no obstacle I can’t overcome and that as long as my feet are pointed in the right direction, all I need to do is keep walking.

 

Joshua Hurwitz, MD

Reproductive Medicine shows us the best and worst of times for our patients.  I am always thankful that the worst times are followed by the best, and that our patients trust our team enough to help them through their medical and personal journeys to help build their families. 

 

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Grateful for Fertility Patients Letting Us In~Monica Moore, MSN, RNC

  
  
  

A Thanksgiving Offering to Fertility Patients

gratitude to fertility patientsPathtoFertility is a team effort. A Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut team effort.  Here's a blog by one of our most beloved team members, Nurse Practioner, Monica Moore. One of the most read blogs in the last four years was a blog that she wrote about how it felt to be "on the other end of the negative pregnancy test phone call". Today's blog is about gratitude. Me, I'm grateful for Monica for putting together her thoughts in such an eloquent and poignant way to share with us all. ~Lisa Rosenthal

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It’s Thanksgiving week, and I was speaking to one of my sweet and beautiful patients who had just been told that she had no normal embryos to transfer post Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) cycle.

 

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Of course, we were both upset at the results, but, true to her character, she accepted the results graciously, even taking the time during this difficult and emotionally charged conversation to thank me and Dr. Hurwitz for our role in her care. Unbelievable that she would think of us when our role lately seems to be only that of harbinger of bad news.

 

First, a little background. (She was asked and gave permission for me to share her story anonymously.) She married late in life, not finding her true partner until she was 39.They quickly realized that they would need help creating their family, so she came in for her initial consult at age 40. Luckily, she was able to achieve a pregnancy as a result of an IVF cycle, and her little boy is now almost 2 and the center of their busy lives.

 

Knowing that she wanted more children, she returned to see us at age 42, and was told that she “had the ovaries of a younger woman,” that is, she had many follicles and blood markers that indicate good ovarian function. She completed her first IVF cycle with CCS and it was found that she had no normal embryos. She wanted to do another cycle right away, but it was financially a challenge as her insurance was not covering any of these cycles due to her age. She was able to ask for a loan from a family member, and completed another cycle, where the embryos made never made it to the blastocyst stage and were unable to be biopsied. The most recent cycle was only able to occur as a result of her taking out a loan against her 401k in order to finance it and, as stated above, no normal embryos.

 

Apparently her “younger” ovaries were deceiving us. They looked younger by clinical markers but were not making good quality, chromosomally normal embryos.

 

What next? This is a smart lady in the medical field, able to easily understand the language of fertility treatment. Dr Hurwitz has reviewed all of the stats and the numbers with her, she knows the chance of achieving a healthy pregnancy with her own eggs is low and, at this point, she and her husband do not want to utilize donor eggs.

 

Problem is that she is a person, not a compilation of numbers and statistics. An amazing, giving person with feelings and desires who is also a great mom. She deserves to have another baby. We discussed her options and she realizes that if she went to a bank to ask for money for an investment, that her “rate of return” would be low in this case. But what is the risk of not trying? How do you quantify that? Would she always wonder “what if?” It’s just money, right? What about the fact that she is using money that she would be using for her existing family (college funds, home repairs) to finance the potential for another child. How does she reconcile that in her decision-making process?

 

At the end of our conversation she asked me the question, “What would you do if you were me? If I was your sister or your friend”? I actually consider her a friend, we have known each other a few years, shared feelings and thoughts and my suggestions are important to her decision-making. I can hear her pain and understand that she doesn’t feel that her family is complete, but I also know the financial and emotional investment that she has made for the past 2 years and see the toll this is taking on her.

 

I told her that I honestly didn’t know (not helpful, I realize). I can’t possibly know what it feels like to have to make this kind of decision, but what I do know is how it feels to be inadequate. All my years of experience and degrees from school haven’t prepared me to make her dream come true. What I can do, though, and what I plan to do, is to help her through this process, regardless of outcome.

 

It takes courage to open up and share feelings and experiences.

 

I will admit that even if we are not experiencing your exact experience, we share your sense of helplessness.  

 

So this message is a tribute to her and others like her who let us into their lives and invite us to be part of their very personal journeys.

 

We are grateful.

 

Monica Moore

~Monica Moore MSN, RNC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RMACT Infertility Patients - Thanksgiving Thoughts and Gratitude

  
  
  

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Infertility Patients from RMACT Tell Their Thoughts of Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Thanksgiving thoughts, during the days before the holiday.

 

Preparations are in full swing. Travel arrangements are also being commenced or coordinated, whether driving, flying or picking people up.

 

Cooking or meal planning has started and shopping for ingredients is obvious when you walk into any grocery store.

 

Expectations are high. We are to be thankful, grateful, happy, content.

 

Uh, huh. Except for when we're not.

Infertility and Gratitude

Today's blog is about infertility and gratitude and thanksgiving.

 

So many of us experiencing infertility do feel gratitude about so many things. I know this because I get to speak to so many of you. 

 

Here's what I've heard lately, from you, about gratitude and thanksgiving, in your voices:

 

  1. "I'm grateful for the strength and foundation of my marriage"
  2. "I'm grateful for the support and help my friends have given me"
  3. "Every single day, I find things that bring me joy"
  4. "I'm so thankful for my job, which is so fulfilling"
  5. "The support that I feel from my family holds me up"
  6. "How interesting to see where support comes from, unexpected people who understand what I'm going through"
  7. "I love noticing the things that make other people smile"
  8. "Music brings me joy, even on the worst days"
  9. "Knowing that my husband is there for me, means everything"
  10. "I know that a child will enter my life, one way or another"
  11. "My faith sustains me"
  12. "I'm so grateful for the medical care and attention that I get from my doctors and medical staff"
  13. "Infertility has deepened many relationships for me, including the one with myself. Who knew I had the strength to go through fertility treatment, with shots, and medication and more?

 

Just little tidbits that I have gotten from all of you. You may recognize your words or your sentiments. Or you may be inspired by someone else's words and thoughts.

 

Thanksgiving is a time of hope and expectation. 

 

That can be a lot tougher to create than a Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Would you please tell me what you're grateful for this Thanksgiving?

 

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Infertility Friends Get It, Including Sneaking Into the Bathroom

  
  
  

Struggling with Infertility

struggling with infertilityA common scenario when we are struggling with infertility is that we feel alone; we feel that no one truly understands the magnitude of what we are going through. We withdraw from friends and family because their concern, although well meaning, is frequently hurtful or intrusive. Even when our friends and family say precisely the right thing, at the right time and drop the subject the moment that you ask them to, we still experience pain. It makes holidays, get togethers, even simple conversations a strain where once it was easy and comfortable.

Peer Support Group Privileges

I feel honored to help facilitate a peer support group where we laugh, cry, help, support and educate one another. I’m very thankful and grateful for this group of women who show up, lay it on the line and tell it like it is. Relationships are formed and valuable bonds are made in these groups. Why can we tell strangers things that we cringe about sharing with those who love us?

 

Simple, really. We understand. We get it. Who else really does get what it’s like to go to friends for an evening and have to disappear into the bathroom? Together, I mean, your partner and yourself. LOL. Who else understands that it makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time? Who else understands that there’s a part of you that hopes your friends think that you are having hot sex in the bathroom, not getting a shot in your derriere? Who else understands that your vacation is being postponed because you’re in the middle of a cycle? Who else understands what it’s like to get one more birth announcement, one more whispered “I’m pregnant”? Who else understands our younger sisters conceiving and having children and our hearts full for them and breaking for ourselves?

 

Cultivating Gratitude: Make Your Own List

 

So for those of us who get it, here’s my list of things that infertility makes me grateful for, in case feeling grateful feels like a really big stretch, or even impossible:

 

  1. Ovulating each month
  2. Front desk person at your fertility clinic smiling at you
  3. Getting your period regularly
  4. Have insurance coverage for fertility treatment
  5. Have veins that cooperate in getting blood drawn
  6. Struggling with PCOS and finding ways to minimize the impact
  7. Getting a positive pregnancy test
  8. Able to face the emotional roller coaster that is infertility treatment
  9. Fertile Yoga
  10. Are healthy and young enough to be able to consider fertility treatment
  11. Producing enough follicles to go through In Vitro Fertilization
  12. Able to do IUI’s (Intra uterine inseminations) with a high probability of success
  13. Have the financial resources to continue treatment even without insurance coverage
  14. Professional therapists who have the ability to make us see things differently, espcially our feelings
  15. Nurses who are approachable and compassionate
  16. A fertility program where you are treated as a whole person and not a walking diagnosis
  17. Getting your period after three or four months
  18. Ultrasound showing a heartbeat
  19. A painless transfer
  20. A nutritionist that is not judgemental, but really really helpful
  21. A retrieval that goes smoothly and easily
  22. Live in a day and age where third party reproductive technology is available
  23. Can compare one fertility specialist (board certified reproductive endocrinologist) to another and pick one who is the best fit
  24. Having access to complementary programs that enhance your chances of conception
  25. Not strangling your friend/family member/co-worker/boss/partner/waitress who asks yet again when you are going to have a baby
  26. Live in a state where it’s mandated that infertility is covered by insurance
  27. Chocolate
  28. Passion tea
  29. Able to turn to a partner for help and support
  30. Ultrasound showing a sac
  31. Feeling hope that this time the cycle will work and there will be a baby at the end of the rainbow

 

What goes on your list? Share your ideas in the comments and we'll build a new list together. I’m grateful to you, my community, my group who gets it--for reading, for commenting, for caring.

 

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Countdown to Thanksgiving - Infertility and Gratitude

  
  
  

What RMACT's Infertility Doctor Asked and Why I Listened

Infertility and GratitudeHow many shopping days are there until Christmas? Dr. Leondires, RMACT's Medical Director and lead infertility doctor, asked that question the other day. It was in context with how fast time it flying; that the summer is almost half over already. Still it was a shock to think about Christmas, cold weather, and snow, while in sandals and a short-sleeved dress. 

 

I was reading about thankfulness this morning as part of my meditation routine. It was an older book; the term more commonly used these days is gratitude. Reading about thankfulness brought me back to Dr. Leondires' question the other day. In quickly looking up the definitions, thankfulness and gratitude are very closely related. Both are connected to the idea of appreciating a benefit that is recieved.

 

Love that idea. 

Seeing the Benefits of Fertility Treatment

With infertility and being in fertility treatment, benefits recieved are abounding. There are so many moments of things going just right. So many positive indications that conception will occur and that a pregnancy will be healthy and to term. Do you see it that way? Is it possible to shift your gaze and notice those possibilities?

 

I've decided to start a new count down. Instead of counting down to the holiday season, full of gift giving and receiving, I'm going to count down to Thanksgiving instead.

 

120 days until Thanksgiving. November 28 this year. 

 

I have a challenge for you. How about waking up every morning and writing down one thing you are grateful for? Starting my day that way is very appealing. Especially when the alternative could be feeling anxious about what needs to get done for the day. 

 

Infertility is a challenge that can be met in many ways. One possibility is fear. Another is grief. Yet another is anxiety. There is that possibility that we meet it with thankfulness. Thankful for all the tiniest and mightiest of things that have allowed us to come to a place where we are considering children in our lives. 

 

I had a hard day yesterday. Just did. 

 

I looked up at the sky, saw the sun, the clouds, the shifting between them. The simple movement in the sky made me smile.

 

Found a way to be thankful. For a smile.

 

Thanks Dr. Leondires for the reminder to countdown to gift giving. Whether it's the holiday season or, for me, Thanksgiving. The benefit that I received by hearing about the Christmas season was a deeper appreciation of these:

 

  • summer weather
  • flowers
  • vegetables
  • open windows
  • lighter clothes
  • the smell of the earth after it rains
  • thunder storms
  • rivers
  • pools
  • the ocean
  • cool breezes 
  • hot sun
  • lying on the grass
  • skys that stay lit until late in the evening
  • dinner on the porch
  • breakfast on the front steps

 

Thankfulness--appreciation of benefits received. 

 

Got it. 

 

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Thanksgiving- I am Grateful for You

  
  
  

I give thanks

 

describe the image

for you

 

to you

 

with you

 

I find those places within myself

 

that fill and overflow with light and hope

 

My heart brings attention to those places that feel dark

 

sad

 

and

 

filled with dread

 

I open myself to gratitude

 

for the moment I have right here

 

I turn my face towards the blessings that I experience every moment

 

Waking, breathing, moving, thinking, hearing, seeing

 

Loving

 

Being Loved

 

My senses remind me that I am alive

 

I am grateful to have today to live

 

I am grateful that you are here with me

 

I am thinking of you

 

Holding space for you

 

Keeping my inner ear open to your pain

 

and your joy 

 

Remember that you are not alone

 

I am here for you

 

And that 

 

We are unrepeatable beings

 

There has never been a living being precisely like you before, nor will there ever be again

 

We are here for a purpose and a reason

 

When we open our hearts, we discover our inner teachers

 

We find our purpose and we live into it

 

I give thanks for you

 

And I remember:

 

You are beautiful

 

You are gracious

 

You are strong

 

You are smart

 

You are capable

 

You are healthy

 

You are whole and complete

 

We give thanks together, for this day, to breathe, to live, to love

 

RMACT Wishes Everyone a Fertile Thanksgiving

  
  
  

Happy Thanksgiving to our patients and patients everywhere from the staff of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut!!!!

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our wonderful patients! Let us all be thankful for all the wonderful things that we have and hopeful for all the wonderful things that our future will bring.

Diana D.

 

Thanksgiving is a time for family.  We are all part of a family with hopes and dreams.  As we walk together with friends and family we must be thankful for what we have with a hopeful eye to the future.  To all of our patients (extended family) I wish you the best this day and hope you do reach your dreams in the future.   Or (touch the sky in the future)

Dr. L

 

I am thankful for life, family and friends. 

Kimone N.

 

I am thankful for family, friends, and magnificent co-workers.

Natesha L.

 

I am very thankful for a wonderful 2010; a seamless wedding, wonderful in-laws, great job, and amazingly supportive friends and family.

Teresa Z.

 

I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to slow down a little and share a wonderful meal with busy family and friends.

Tina C.

 

On Thanksgiving we have to savour the people we are around and celebrating with. Be in the here an now and enjoy the moment of the holiday. We all deserve to have fun on Thanksgiving. Be Mindful, which means to focus and enjoy the little things - smell of the turkey, or the baking of a pie, or your company.

Dr. R

 

I am thankful for my family and both our grandchildren  and especially for our rmact ivf grandson!

Janice P.

 

I’m grateful for my wonderful father and boyfriend, without them I’d be nowhere in life. I am also grateful for this new job I was blessed with. Amazing co-workers, patients. Couldn’t get any better than this!

Terilyn M.


I am thankful for working in such a great place with such amazing people to be able to help our  patients achieve wonderful families.

Dr. H.

 

I am so thankful for the love, support and encouragement of my family and friends (and, on a lighter note, I am also thankful for Glee (my favorite!) and my IPAD).  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Robin M.

 

I am so very grateful for another amazing year of wonderful memories from families, friends and of course our patients at RMACT.

Carrie V.

 

I am very Thankful for 2 girls that started of as co-workers and have become family to me. I am also thankful for having amazing kids and a husband.

Lettycia C.

 

I am thankful for friends, family and good health.

Rachel V.

 

I'm thankful for my families, both at home & work.   And for our patients getting pregnant and knowing that we have a small part in their success & happiness.  Happy Thanksgiving,

Dawn K.

 

I am thankful for the health of my children.

Jocelyn C.

 

I am thankful for having the opportunity to care for patients that are trying to expand their family.I am thankful for my family.I am thankful that my sister is cancer free after 5 years. I have so much more to be thankful for, the list goes on and on

Brigitte A.

  

I’m grateful for: HOUSE on Mondays; GLEE on Tuesdays; HUMAN TARGET on Wednesdays; FRINGE on Thursdays; and Simon works on Fridays…

Laurie P.  

 

I am thankful for my wonderful family, friends, and co workers who have supported me and have always been there. I am thankful for hellos and smiles I’m able to share with everyone each day! Happy Thanksgiving!

Soochi V.

 

I am thankful for my family and health.

Linda C.

 

I am very grateful to work with such a caring, dedicated team of people at RMA.  I am also grateful that my own struggle with nfertility paved the way for me to have such a rewarding career. Lastly, I am so grateful to the couples who let me share their fertility journey, and who never cease to amaze me with their strength and perseverance to become parents.

Lisa T.

 

With the many obstacles that may have happened in my life, I am grateful to overcome challenges and succeed by choosing to be happy and joyful for the moment.

Petra S.

 

This time of year makes me think of all that I am thankful for which of course includes my family & health, but I am also so grateful for the kindness of strangers and generousity of their hearts time and again.

Alicia M.

 

I am thankful for my Patients.  As I share my knowledge, I end every visit with a greater understanding and professional growth- from my patient discussions. Also, my mother was a great role model.  She showed me how optimizing her health through healthy eating, spiritual growth, and  physical fitness  helped  her  face her daily  life  mental and physical challenges.  I am thankful for the opportunity of working with a wonderful RMA team of doctors and staff who support my nutrition / wellness passion and offer excellent, comprehensive reproductive healthcare.

Carolyn G.

 

I am thankful for my wonderful family,good health and for my JOB! Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Dori W.

 

I am grateful to have such great people to work with!

Kristin A.

 

To all the RMACT patients I am thankful for the opportunity to know so many of you and be a part of you journey. Wishing you peace on this Thanksgiving and success in the year ahead!
Amy M

 

I'm thankful for my patients, who teach me something new about hope every day.

Nora B.

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving!

  
  
  

 

Happy Thanksgiving to our patients and patients everywhere from the staff of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut!!!!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our wonderful patients! Let us all be thankful for all the wonderful things that we have and hopeful for all the wonderful things that our future will bring.

Diana D.

 

Thanksgiving is a time for family.  We are all part of a family with hopes and dreams.  As we walk together with friends and family we must be thankful for what we have with a hopeful eye to the future.  To all of our patients (extended family) I wish you the best this day and hope you do reach your dreams in the future.   Or (touch the sky in the future)

Dr. L

 

I am thankful for life, family and friends. 

Kimone N.

 

I am thankful for family, friends, and magnificent co-workers.

Natesha L.

 

I am very thankful for a wonderful 2010; a seamless wedding, wonderful in-laws, great job, and amazingly supportive friends and family.

Teresa Z.

 

I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to slow down a little and share a wonderful meal with busy family and friends.

Tina C.

 

On Thanksgiving we have to savour the people we are around and celebrating with. Be in the here an now and enjoy the moment of the holiday. We all deserve to have fun on Thanksgiving. Be Mindful, which means to focus and enjoy the little things - smell of the turkey, or the baking of a pie, or your company.

Dr. R

 

I am thankful for my family and both our grandchildren  and especially for our rmact ivf grandson!

Janice P.

 

I’m grateful for my wonderful father and boyfriend, without them I’d be nowhere in life. I am also grateful for this new job I was blessed with. Amazing co-workers, patients. Couldn’t get any better than this!

Terilyn M.

I am thankful for working in such a great place with such amazing people to be able to help our  patients achieve wonderful families.

Dr. H.

 

I am so thankful for the love, support and encouragement of my family and friends (and, on a lighter note, I am also thankful for Glee (my favorite!) and my IPAD).  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Robin M.

 

I am so very grateful for another amazing year of wonderful memories from families, friends and of course our patients at RMACT.

Carrie V.

 

I am very Thankful for 2 girls that started of as co-workers and have become family to me. I am also thankful for having amazing kids and a husband.

Lettycia C.

 

I am thankful for friends, family and good health.

Rachel V.

 

I'm thankful for my families, both at home & work.   And for our patients getting pregnant and knowing that we have a small part in their success & happiness.  Happy Thanksgiving,

Dawn K.

 

I am thankful for the health of my children.

Jocelyn C.

 

I am thankful for having the opportunity to care for patients that are trying to expand their family.I am thankful for my family.I am thankful that my sister is cancer free after 5 years. I have so much more to be thankful for, the list goes on and on

Brigitte A.

 

I am very thankful for a very supportive husband, family and friends.  As I too desire to become a mom and this is the time when it becomes a little sadden for me personally since I have brother who has 2 babies, Devon who is 14mths, and Chase who is now 12weeks.  The reason I’m so thankful is for the simple fact my family tries to incorporate me into their little lives.  I love all of my nieces and nephews as my own, but I look very forward to the day when I give birth to a healthy baby in whom my husband and I can just simple adore.  I just don’t give up hope…

Mona H.  

 

I’m grateful for: HOUSE on Mondays; GLEE on Tuesdays; HUMAN TARGET on Wednesdays; FRINGE on Thursdays; and Simon works on Fridays…

Laurie P.  

 

I am thankful for my wonderful family, friends, and co workers who have supported me and have always been there. I am thankful for hellos and smiles I’m able to share with everyone each day! Happy Thanksgiving!

Soochi V.

 

I am thankful for my family and health.

Linda C.

 

I am very grateful to work with such a caring, dedicated team of people at RMA.  I am also grateful that my own struggle with nfertility paved the way for me to have such a rewarding career. Lastly, I am so grateful to the couples who let me share their fertility journey, and who never cease to amaze me with their strength and perseverance to become parents.

Lisa T.

 

With the many obstacles that may have happened in my life, I am grateful to overcome challenges and succeed by choosing to be happy and joyful for the moment.

Petra S.

 

This time of year makes me think of all that I am thankful for which of course includes my family & health, but I am also so grateful for the kindness of strangers and generousity of their hearts time and again.

Alicia M.

 

I am thankful for my Patients.  As I share my knowledge, I end every visit with a greater understanding and professional growth- from my patient discussions. Also, my mother was a great role model.  She showed me how optimizing her health through healthy eating, spiritual growth, and  physical fitness  helped  her  face her daily  life  mental and physical challenges.  I am thankful for the opportunity of working with a wonderful RMA team of doctors and staff who support my nutrition / wellness passion and offer excellent, comprehensive reproductive healthcare.

Carolyn G.

 

I am thankful for my wonderful family,good health and for my JOB! Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Dori W.

 

I am grateful to have such great people to work with!

Kristin A.

 

To all the RMACT patients I am thankful for the opportunity to know so many of you and be a part of you journey. Wishing you peace on this Thanksgiving and success in the year ahead!
Amy M

 

I'm thankful for my patients, who teach me something new about hope every day.

Nora B.


Thanksgiving, Gratitude and Infertility

  
  
  

Monday text
This week is all about thanksgiving. Gratitude. Thoughts of what we have in our lives, right in this moment, even with infertility in the front of our minds. Each day’s blog will be dedicated to gratitude and thanksgiving, in all its different forms.

There are days where the things that I am grateful for huge, epic in their vastness. Things like health and love and kindness. Friends and family. A home, not just a house.

Then there are days like last week, (thank you to everyone for your love and concern!) that the little things in life pop up to be grateful for because the bigger things seem to far away. Love those little things. That the day is 4 degrees warmer and so the air feels gentle when I walk outside. The patch of sun hitting the floor, making it glow. Phone call from a friend that I haven’t heard from in a while. The estimate on the car repairs being far lower than expected. My favorite tea being there. A full water bottle in the car. Hot water for a shower. Two dollar movie theatres (Edmondtown Hall in Newtown, CT, what a steal!) Not having heard a single Christmas song on the radio before Thanksgiving. Yet. Clean sheets on the bed. A working dishwasher after two and a half years. My mother being alive and well. My sisters being alive and well. The best dog in the world. Fabulous friends. Partner and husband of over 31 years.

Interesting how the little things that I am grateful for lead me back to the bigger things that I am grateful for. And so it goes the other way around. The more that I feel grateful, the more that I feel grateful. Big things lead to appreciating the little things, and the little things lead to appreciation a bout the bigger things.

A few more things that I am grateful for: Fertile Yoga students (you rock!); the people that I work with; being able to inhale and exhale; finding a reason to smile every single day.

Thursdays’ blog is your blog. Your opportunity to say what you are grateful for. Including not having to see people or that Thanksgiving is only one day and then it’s over or that you are getting through the day by hiding at home.

Please help me write it this Thursday. We’ll share Thanksgiving together.

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