PathtoFertility Turns 5: Changes Announced
PathtoFertility is turning five later this month! While PathtoFertility and I are very close, sometimes even indistinguishable from one another, we are not one of the same. (However, for today’s blog when I refer to “we,” I do mean PathtoFertility and me.) PathtoFertility is the first responsibility that I focus on in the morning and it is one that I look forward to every single day. It’s quite an accomplishment, just staying together that long. For that opportunity and honor, I have some folks to thank.
Starting with the physician team of our fertility doctors at RMACT: Drs. Mark Leondires, Spencer Richlin, Joshua Hurwitz, Cynthia Murdock and Shaun Williams. The many other RMACT team members find ways to weave PathtoFertility into conversations with patients on a regular basis and so support our mission of offering extended support and education through the blog. A few special callouts to Robin Mangieri, Greg Zola and Cara Murray for all the professional and personal support that they give on a day to day basis.
PathtoFertility is a living and ever-changing site, with new writing every weekday. With that in mind, we’re (PathtoFertility and I) inviting others to participate with us in a more formal way in the future. We will have guest bloggers on a regular basis. We will have our medical professionals writing and updating us on information regarding fertility treatment and the scientific advancements that occur so frequently. We will have professionals in the field talking to us about the political, sociological, personal and emotional pieces of the infertility and fertility fields. We will have men and women who have experienced infertility, fertility treatment, adoption and childfree living share their experiences, thoughts and feelings with us.
It’s been a very special time for me to have had PathtoFertility for so long all to myself. The relationship that I have with this blog is powerful, consistent and alive. Writing every single day, talking to you, through PathtoFertility, is one of the greatest joys in my life. It is a strong constant in my life, what I arrange my schedule and time around.
Fertility Journey Support: What Will Change and What Won't
And now I’m going to be more generous and start sharing! Look for guest bloggers on a regular basis. I will be searching far and wide with others to share here so that you can count on PathtoFertility being more global, while still staying true to our mission statement:
The Path to Fertility is a place for comprehensive information on infertility treatment in a sensitive and compassionate way. Blogger Lisa Rosenthal has a long history of fertility patient advocacy, support and infertility education that provides comfort, helpful suggestions and a smile or two to those undergoing or considering fertility treatment. The Path to Fertility is here for you, to keep you company on your journey. We welcome and encourage your comments and feedback.
We will be keeping the focus on compassionate support with a special emphasis on “comprehensive” so that we can keep you firmly up to date with what’s happening in the field of infertility.
And there should be no worries for those of you who come mainly to read what I have to say. I am inspired each day by new situations that develop in the infertility and fertility worlds, as well as hearing from men and women who are actively trying to conceive. I still have plenty left to say!
PathtoFertility and I are growing and expanding as is warranted by turning five years old. I’m looking forward to sharing changes with you as we go forward, together.
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Path to Fertility Questions and Comments
I have a problem that is driving me to distraction. Without a doubt, it is less of a problem than infertility was and that’s good to remember. That’s actually a yardstick that I use on a consistent basis. Is this as important or have the essential and significant consequences that fertility treatment cycles not working has? No? Ok, good to know and take it down a notch or two. Or eight.
Still, I am upset about this problem. I write these blogs, for you. About you. To you. With you in mind. You get the idea. It’s not all about me, at all. It’s actually all about you.
And so many of you wonderful readers respond. Often with thoughtful, honest and open hearts. With comments that are helpful and kind and educational even.
So here’s my problem, at least for right now. Because we are doing everything behind the scenes to correct this problem.
My problem is that I cannot respond on the blog itself to you, as I used to be able to do. In the past, you would write a comment, I would respond to the comment, you would see the comment. Right now, I cannot respond to you via PathtoFertility comments. Did I mention that we are working on this?
Here’s why it’s a problem. I love hearing from you. And I believe that it’s very discouraging to not see your comments post or to see them post and not see my response to you. It cuts into and stops the dialogue rather than continuing it.
It’s closing the door on a conversation instead of inviting someone into it.
Not my style at all.
So for the time being, I’ve decided on this. I will post your comments and respond to you all privately. That I can do. I can also post your thoughtful comments into a blog itself, which is also what I will do.
I have a great team who is continuing to find a way to have this work more smoothly. I have faith that will happen.
And so the conversation continues. I have a question.
What closes a conversation for you? What feels like an open door to more interchange?
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Fertility Blog Favorites
At Ladies Night In last night in Norwalk, we discussed this blog. PathtoFertility quietly celebrated its second year last fall. We are just about two and a half years old.
It's often surprising to me which blogs create ripples of conversation, emotional responses or elevate understanding of an issue. Here are a few that I've chosen that I know have been popular over the last several years.
Angry infertile woman at a baby shower with only one bathroom. You could cry or you could laugh. Or both.
Fertile Yoga at RMACT was created three years ago by Lisa Rosenthal and supported by RMACT, open to the public. See the television interview!
Fertility Doctor Mark Leondires, MD, in an interview about prize-winning CCS, Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening. CCS screens all 23 pairs of human chromosomes from several embryonic cells, drastically reducing rate of miscarriage.
Normal versus the twilight zone when it comes to infertility and fertility treatment: What becomes normal in our own worlds?
Infertility Lab Director discusses embryo identification and safety. How do you know you are getting the right embryos?
On the path to fertility, I discovered I'm insulin resistant. Fertility Treatment is Actually Saving My Life. A real fertility success story.
Learn how surrogates and gestational carriers help couples realize their family building dream.
Know Someone Infertile? Top 5 Things to say. Top 10 Things NOT To Say. Hand this list to friends and family if you are struggling with infertility challenges. English and Spanish lists!
Your Feedback Matters
If your favorite is not here, please write to me and tell me which it is. When you write to me here at the blog, your questions and comments come directly to me, they do not post to the blog itself. If you prefer that your comments do not get posted to the blog, let me know.