Sunday, August 21, 2011

711th Issue of the LFCA

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The point of Lost and Found is to level the support playing field. When LFCA works correctly, the newest blogger with the smallest readership can receive the same level of support as the oldest blogger with the largest readership. Anyone can submit news to LFCA by clicking here.

Lost and Found is open to anyone in the
infertility, pregnancy loss, adoption, pregnancy-and-parenting after infertility, assisted conception, living child-free after infertility or loss community (as well as anyone I inadvertently missed on that list). Please support the list as well as anyone posting announcements below.

Connections Abound

  • Recommendation: Amy writes: "I need some recommendations from ladies in the Western Chicago suburbs. I just found out that my RE no longer accepts the insurance we took specifically to get IF coverage. I need your recommendations for RE's. Please tell me who you see... why you like them... and what you DON'T like about them. Please be honest; I've been with the same RE for years and now need to switch. Thank you!"
  • Project: Lori is taking a poll to assess a few of our blogging habits and will later share the information. Click on over to register your answers to her four questions.
  • Fundraiser: The Lost Stork Foundation will be having two raffles in November to celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month. The first raffle will be adoption-themed for those who are going through domestic or international adoption. The second raffle will be filled with prizes that everyone will enjoy, to allow all our supporters to participate! If you are interested in making a donation or would like more information, please email Christa at
  • Fundraiser: Nicole is hosting the Save the Frosties Campaign. She is trying to help Gen aka Kakunaa of Spermination Station raise the money to store her frozen embryos for a year. No one should have to make a decision like that based on finances.
  • Blog Reopen: No Longer Broken is reopening an old blog. She writes: "Having two kids, the problem with staying pregnant might be totally figured out, but there is still fear that the miscarriages will start up again. Restarting the journey, not sure if this will be more on the normal side, have sex, get pregnant, have baby, or if it will have the miscarriages of before. Also, ovulation may be off, and in two months Clomid will be added to the equation if not pregnant by then. So, time to find out if, normal or Secondary IF."
  • Blog Ending: After many amazing years, Jo of Finding Her Way has decided that it is time for an ending of sorts with her blog. She doesn't know when, or if, she will return. Please come over as she thanks the amazing blogging community, and takes her leave.
  • First Time Reading the LFCA: If this is your first time reading the LFCA or you need a refresher about how the LFCA works, please read this post. It has everything you need to know about getting your news in the LFCA.
  • Quicklink Resources: Regular ALI Blogroll: If you would like your blog added to the ALI blogroll, please email me directly with your blog url and category pick. More information about being added is contained in that link. Password-Protected Blogroll: If you would like your password-protected blog added to the blogroll, please fill out the form.
NEW BLOGS (started in July or August 2011)
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES (celebrate your birthday or blogoversary with the community. Send me date at any point and I'll post them on the correct day)
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Kahla (Our Happily Ever After) is remembering the loss of her twins three years ago.
  • Hespera lost her precious Avery one month ago.
  • Last week, Melanie at invitroveritasblog learned she'd had a missed miscarriage at nearly 10 weeks after trying for her second with ivf #2.. Please head over and give her some support for the lost of 'olive'.
  • Baby NV's BFP ended up ectopic again. She lost her remaining fallopian tube. Moving on to IVF. Could use support from girls starting IVF cycles in the coming months.
  • Our Full Circle lost her beautiful and amazing husband suddenly/tragically last week (details remain private). She asks for prayers not only for herself but her family and friends for peace and comfort. She feels blessed with amazing support and knows she and her children will eventually get through this. If you're wanting to do SOMETHING for Melissa see this post for a way to help.
  • Lynn's father died suddenly this morning of a heart attack. Please go abide with her in this difficult time.
  • Jo over at MoJo Working just learned that she had a chemical pregnancy after IVF. She could use some support dealing with this fourth loss and also the very different places that she and her husband are in with TTC.
  • Nichole is facing her 4th loss and is "beyond hurt, angry, confused and devastated."
  • Vee's mum passed away this week. Please give her support.
MISCELLANEOUS SUPPORT AND CELEBRATIONS (scary scans, anxious waits, OHSS, and a host of other reasons why these bloggers could use some additional support right now. Also, celebratory retrievals, transfers, and other good news)
  • Gorillabuns has had a very discouraging appointment with her RE and could use some support
  • Four months after being rear-ended and three months after replacing her car, Kechara was in another car accident. She's more okay than she has a right to be, considering the car flipped, but she is in pain and would appreciate support.
  • After multiple miscarriages, Jennifer is in the two week wait for her first, and probably her only, IVF. Please go show her some support as she waits.
  • Shannon at Chasing Rainbows found out that her 3-month-old son, Finn, has neuroblastoma. Please go give her some support.
  • Claire's newborn daughter failed her hearing screenings. Please take a minute to offer some reassurances and support as she processes the news that her daughter's hearing loss is permanent.
  • Phoebe ends her blog with a heartfelt and heartwrenching post about what happens when family building fails. As she puts it, "I’m still working on the answer to the question of what are we if we are not mothers."
  • Bring on the Babies... had her ET on Friday. Since she just had her 5th loss 6 weeks ago, she is terrified about having another one. She needs some positive vibes sent my way!
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company. Blurbs running underneath the "new" line are from this week, and the ones above that line will disappear on Sunday. Please do not re-list bedrest blurbs.
  • None Today.
  • Sharah of Outlandish Notions had her baby!
  • Clare gave birth to Pebbles via home-birth on August 1. Go congratulate her, if your haven't already!
  • A & D over at Mombians Two Be welcomed their son Gus on 8/7/11. Go wish them a happy congratulations!
  • After four years of waiting, E & C welcomed their beautiful daughter. Go celebrate this long, long awaited arrival with them!
  • After a very long road, Rosie has welcomed her first child, baby boy Luca, into the world.
  • Congratulations to Hope4joy and her husband on the the birth of their daughter, Isabella Victoria. Please go wish them congratulations!
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