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Egg Donation

Dec 10, 2010 @ 03:09 PM – by SEO Admin

The holiday season always inspires me to take stock of all of the blessings in my life. And the most wonderful blessing that I have is my son born through egg donation. He is almost 5 years old and has brought so much joy to our lives. I think often about the generous young woman who gave the gift that made it possible to create his life. Who is she? Where is she? Does she think about her donation? Is she married now and starting a family of her own? Was she already a mother when she made the decision to become an egg donor? Whoever you are, I want to express my gratitude and let you know that your donation resulted in the most beloved little boy. He has his father's smile and cleft chin and darling little dimples on his cheeks. And his eyes are huge and soulful. Sometimes I gaze at him when he is sleeping and try to imagine what you, his egg donor, must look like. Did he get his beautiful eyes from you? I remember when he was born, my doctor turned t

Choosing My Egg Donor

Aug 31, 2010 @ 11:37 AM – by SEO Admin

Selecting an egg donor was initially very overwhelming. I think I looked at all of the profiles and then just put the information away. How do I pick an egg? Should the person physically resemble me as much as possible? Is medical history more important than anything else? Do I care if she is only 22 years old and already has 3 children? Who will my husband think is suitable? The whole notion of selecting an egg donor seemed insane. It was like flipping through a catalog and having to pick the best, but maybe not the "perfect," outfit. Compromises had to be made. But this was the genetic, biological mother of my future child! It was sad and funny all at the same time. This is what it had come to. I remember telling the first reproductive endocrinologist I consulted for infertility that I would never, ever, NEVER, EVER, resort to using a donor egg. Nope. Not me. If we could not be successful with my own eggs, then forget it. I would move on. I wo

Egg Donor Mom

Apr 16, 2010 @ 01:54 PM – by SEO Admin

I still remember the doctor's face during my annual well-woman's check-up when I was 41 years old. I had just shared with him that I would like to have another child. His tone changed to a very monotone, Dr. Spock articulation and he developed a sort of "deer-in-the-headlight" expression. "The odds are not good," he said, and my heart sank. My oldest biological child had been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness at age 7. Although my desire to add to our family was still strong, my husband's desire was not. For him, the equation became, "Children equal pain -- the worst pain ever." Our firstborn had to undergo grueling, disfiguring treatments and was not expected to live. We were told that it would be a long, slow process. The brain tumor that the neurosurgeon had removed would almost surely grow back, and because she had metastases down her spinal column that required full brain/spine radiation, future treatment options were limited. They could operate again. And possi