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The Holiday season is here. Maybe you believe that it doesn’t begin until Thanksgiving. For me, Halloween ushers in the roller coaster of up’s and down’s that don’t end until after the beginning of January. The almost endless gatherings and celebrations for family and friends.

A time where it feels impossible to get away from the questions, comments and uncomfortable silences. The questions are eerily similar, regardless of your ethnic background or religion. The questions conform easily to those asked of an investigative reporter. Who, what, where, why and when.


Who is having them. (Not us right now!)

What are we waiting for? (Ummm…. For it to happen???)

Where do we fit as a family, marriage, partnership without them? (Perhaps the loneliest question to wonder about.)

Why aren’t we pregnant yet? (Made me burst into tears on more than one occasion.)

When are we going to give our parents the grandchildren they are hoping and wanting? No one’s getting any younger! (In case infertility is not challenging enough, let’s throw a little guilt at it!)

How sad is it that those are only a single variation on a theme that most of us are very familiar with. It’s very possible to create scores of different questions based on the 5 W’s above; all pierce the heart of those of us trying to build our families.

Holidays are also a great time to gain weight. For a few of us, that’s a plus. For many of us, not so much. Dr. Cynthia Murdock and Carolyn Gundell, MS, (both from RMACT) will be speaking at the seminar this weekend, open to the public. Information on how to attend is below.

What I can share about this seminar is that last year I made sure to attend as I was tired of the eat too much, gain weight, feel guilty, have to lose weight holiday season. Carolyn spoke eloquently and compassionately about the issues around hunger, food, weight and the holidays; she gave realistic, helpful and new outlooks on how to cope with all reasons that I had for gaining weight. What I know is that I gained no weight during the holidays last year. In fact, I lost two pounds.

I’ll be there this year. Hope to see you there as well.

Fall 2010 Fertility Seminar Series 

Seminars held at our Norwalk office: 10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Please check our website or call to confirm date, time and/or location as they are subject to change

Saturday November 13th                              11:00 AM -12:30 PM

Taking the Guilt and “Weight” Out of Holiday Eating

The Holidays can be filled with warm memories, family and friends, but are often stressful due to endless delicious food tasting opportunities.  This seminar will provide you with a non-dieting, guilt free approach to holiday eating - share in recipe ideas and tips on how to get through the holidays without the typical 10 lb weight gain.  Led by Carolyn Gundell, MS and Cynthia Murdock, MD

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for seven years and is currently Patient Advocate and Blog Editor-in-Chief.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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