Repro med is a small world. Who you know can matter, and timing is everything. On January 30th, Facebook Fans of My Fertility Plan were alerted to a situation that might benefit from being the right kind of acquaintance with the right people at the right time.
The gist of it: an infertility patient story with a more poignant twist than usual, an otherwise reputable clinic's foible, and the patients' search for financial assistance or in-kind services to finish what they started a few years ago.
Eye-opening Part 1 of the couple's story: the young man is experiencing a recurrence of a rare cancer he had as a child. Prior to that upheaval, though, Chris and his 28-year-old wife went through the rigors of TESE (testicular sperm extraction) and IVF to create six embryos. Four failed after transfer.
Brow-furrowing Part 2: the clinic misplaced Chris and Maddie's final two embryos. For two years. When the little creations turned up again last Fall, the couple was alerted by way of a bill in the mail.
Cut to the chase: childless Maddie, married now for eight years, having been through counseling with her husband about the issues surrounding their circumstance, contacted Angie Best-Boss for help. Their goal: to find someone who could facilitate a frozen embryo transfer for the couple.
My Fertility Plan wasn't Maddie's first call. Only after being turned down or otherwise unheard by Fertile Hopes, Fertile Dreams, INCIID, and a "new npo in Atlanta that's already raised 20K" did she reach out to MFP.
You can start at the beginning, catch up, and keep up with the family-building story of Maddie & Chris (and the good folks who are helping her) on the blog of MFP: http://www.myfertilityplanblog.com/maddie/
The pace of growth in the infertility world's helping community can make your head spin. That's a good thing. Making use of the myriad sources of assistance in a timely manner -- that's hard. See what you may have missed if you weren't hooked up with Facebook?