Sunday, November 17, 2013

799th 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

  • Next week marks the 800th issue of the LFCA.
  • Creme de la Creme Update: the 2013 Creme de la Creme is open for submissions.  Everyone in the community is invited to participate.  The hard deadline is December 15th, and the list will go up on January 1st.  There are already 66 entries on the list -- is yours one of them?
  • IComLeavWe: November's IComLeavWe list closes on Thursday.  Join along for this month's IComLeavWe.
  • Award: Teresa created a new blog award for the infertile community and it is beautiful! Check out the new Stork Award created by Where the bleep is our stork and spread the love!
  • Project: What To Respect When NOT Expecting is a new fertility project that wants to hear your story. People say a lot to those on the ALI journey – and sometimes what they say is kind and helpful, but most of the time it is the opposite. It’s not that these people want to be hurtful; it’s just that they’ve never stood in this place and can’t understand the true impact their words have. That’s where this new project comes in! The goal is to give those going through fertility challenges an assurance that there are people out there who get it, and to give friends and relatives of people going through it a gauge on what not to say. If you have stories of the crazy things people have said to you that you would like to share, Rebekah would be so thrilled to hear them. You can contact her through the book’s website at 
  • Project: Teresa is hosting an ornament exchange for the holidays! Stop by her blog and sign up! Last date to sign up is 11/22/13! 
  • Local Event (NEW ORLEANS, LA): Potential parents who may have had difficulties conceiving a child can learn about options available to them on Thursday evening, November 21, at First Grace UMC. Reproductive endocrinologist Steve N. London, MD, will deliver an educational presentation addressing infertility from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. His presentation will help hopeful parents answer the question, “What can we do now if we want to have a baby?” Dr. London compassionately provides factual information regarding the latest advances in medical technology for infertility. You may read more at this link: 
  • Connections Needed: Something out of Nothing (Daryl) is moving to another country (Canada) while pregnant and is having a hard time finding doctors for her pregnancy and beyond. Anyone out there, especially Canadians, have any tips for her? 
  • Research: Infertility Study: Long Island University, Brooklyn is currently conducting a research study to better understand the emotional and psychological experience of women who have experienced infertility. Eligible participants: • Must be women • Must be between 18 and 50 • Must have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive for at least the last 12 months or have received a diagnosis of infertility. Participation involves: • Completing an online questionnaire about general demographics, infertility information, current mood and experience. The survey should take under 30 minutes to complete. • All participants will have the option to be entered into a raffle to win one of three $25 Amazon gift cards at the end of the data collection period, June 2014. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the primary investigator, Alexandra Farber, at, or proceed directly to the online study: "
  • 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.
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)
  • None Today.
  • Please stop by Holly's blog and offer some words of sympathy and support. She lost her final triplet at 21 weeks, just 29 days short of vitality and only a couple weeks after losing her sweet girl.
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)
  • Just Keep Swimming could use some serious hugs and prayers after her third BFN.
  • For the first time since her son was born, Amy is back to playing the waiting game as her period is now 6 days late. 
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 announced that she's pregnant, due in April! 
  • Celia had a BFP!
  • None Today.
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