Monday, May 18, 2009

381st Issue of the LFCA

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The point to 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

  • Kirtsy'd Pick O' the Day: Please vote for this one from Oh, the Possibilities!. A gorgeous post commemorating a loss with a stunning photograph that will move you to tears. An entirely new way of viewing the saying, "say it with flowers." How do you vote? Simply by clicking on the words "this one" above and then clicking on the post's title. Why the Kirtsy'd Pick O' the Day? Click on that link in the header navigation bar above for the story. And send me stuff!
  • New Blogroll Category: I started a new category on the blogroll called Infertility and Marriage. If you wish to be moved there, let me know. It is for people who are blogging about how infertility has affected their marriage, infertility and divorce, etc.
  • Resolve Support Group: If you're living in the central Georgia area, Resolve is starting a new peer-led support group. Click here to read more about it.
  • Password Protected: Jen at Awaiting Our First... is making her blog private to invited readers only. If you'd like to be added to the reader list, please email her at You're all welcome!
  • Project: The Miscarriage Diaries writes: "I'm starting my photo project, the Miscarriage Diaries, and am looking for people who might be interested in being photographed for the project. Thank you!"
  • Announcement: Kathy formerly Angrycanrn writes: "Please inform your readers that as much as I would love to fund their fertility treatment, at this time I am unable to do so. Please forward your requests and stories to the UTERUS fundraising drive of which I am not a part. All of your stories were riveting and deserving of assistance. I'm sure UTERUS will be able to give you the assistance you require. As of now, will not be monitored. Due to the incredible volume of hate mail will no longer be an active email address. If you need to contact Angry I would suggest consulting a psychic. I would have suggested that you could leave a comment at one of my friend's blogs but it seems their blogs may end up as mine did. ISO the Golden Egg and The Unwanted Path are under siege secondary to the controversy last week (of which they were NO part). Please go on over and support them as they are both considering taking a break from blogging or stopping altogether. Please help prevent more casualties from being added to the list! Best wishes on each of your paths to parenthood."
  • Research: Wishing and Hoping for Baby is doing a research study for school regarding infertility. If anyone is interested in helping a graduate student out, please visit her blog and let her know!
  • Forums: If you are not a member of the forums, you will not have access to the LFCA on days when we are utilizing an open thread in the forums instead of posting on this site. Any blog reader or writer can become a member of the forums by clicking here and registering. On days when we don't have the LFCA, it also follows that I'll be slow on approving new members (that whole lack of Internet access thing) so please be patient.
NEW BLOGS (started in April or May 2009)
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)
  • Today is Reproductive Jean's birthday. Go sing her a little song.
  • Thursday is Kim's birthday. Go eat a little cake with her.
  • Life in the CatPad is celebrating her birthday next Saturday. Go over and sing her a little song.
  • Carrie celebrated her birthday yesterday. It's not too late to go sing her a little song.
  • Miss Tori celebrated her 38th birthday on Sunday. Go on over and have a piece of cake with her.
LOSS REMEMBRANCES (send in the dates of loss anniversaries and I will post them on the correct day)
  • Tuesday is Jacob and Joshua's unfulfilled due date. Please go support STE and CDE as they remember their sons.
  • Thursday is the death date of B's daughter, Maya. Please give her a lot of support this week.
  • Life in a Holding Pattern was mournfully remembering the loss of her baby one year later this past weekend. Please go give her support.
  • Brenda was remembering Zak 3 years since he died. Friday would have been his 3rd birthday. Please go give her support.
  • Hope's Mama is marking nine months since Hope died, and 12 weeks into her new pregnancy. She could use some support and love as she deals with all these big milestones.
  • Please continue to support Mrs. Spit after the death of her friend, Anna.
  • RM has lost her father. It is a complicated situation and she could use some love and 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)
  • Rebel from Diary of An Infertile Madwoman needs our prayers. Please go over and support her.
  • NoodleGirl at OnandOngoing met with her RE yesterday to plan next cycle's IVF#1 with an aggressive Estrogen Priming Protocol. She's bumming a bit over the news that a mere 5 eggs will be considered on the high-end for her but is trying to focus on quality over quantity.
  • After an incredible high on Thursday for Eva at Egg Drop Post about what looked like a successful IVF #2 with EPP and ICSI (18 eggs retrieved) there was a horrible crash Friday. Out of 18 eggs, 8 were mature and were fertilized with ICSI. NO embryos made. Hoping that the other 10 eggs mature enough to try fertilizing them. Please go over and give support.
  • Two blasts were transferred into ART of Being Infertile's surrogate this week and four frozen embryos remain on ice. Go give her good wishes.
  • Rose's Daughter has reached the 12 week mark this week and passed the point where she lost her last pregnancy. Do a happy dance with her!
  • Courtney had two blasts transferred this past Thursday and five are on ice. Go wait
    with her during the WUB.
  • Barren Blog had a pretty sucky week last week and could use some cheering up.
  • Being Infertile got her biopsy results back and now has an upcoming surgery to
    deal with. Give her some love and good thoughts.
  • Caroline just started her second IVF cycle. Share some good thoughts for this
  • Mrs. Lady had three embryos transferred this past Friday. Spend some time with her
    in the WUB.
  • Slaying, Blogging, Whatever... could use a hug.
  • Project Progeny passed her oral defense of comprehensive exams for PhD candidacy last week. Go wish her congratulations.
  • 3 Munchkins and a Mom is having a hard time right now reeling after the death of a friend's child.
  • In Due Time could use some support. Her aunt was diagnosed with cancer.
BEDREST BABES: on bedrest following infertility or loss and needing support. Drop in on them and keep them company.
  • Mrs M@sk has been put on bedrest at 26 weeks with incompetent cervix. She will be there until her little girls are born, which will hopefully not be too soon. Her doctor is aiming for 30 weeks. Go keep her company and send her good thoughts.
  • My Journey Towards My Little Miracle is in the hospital on bedrest until the twins come. Go keep her company.
  • Taking the Statistical Bullet has a BFP. Beta is scheduled for Monday.
  • Plan B went for an ultrasound today and saw a beautiful heartbeat! Swing by and congratulate her!
  • Why can't I stay pregnant? saw a heartbeat at her ultrasound and is understandably overjoyed. Pop over and congratulate her.
  • Michele will have a cerclage placed on Tuesday.
  • Shelby and Mr. Shelby are having a boy!
  • Lisa has graduated from the RE to the OB!
  • While in the ER with a very painful slipped disk in her back, Mary found out she is pregnant at 10dpiui. After 3 early losses, she is nervous about what lies ahead. Please sit with her as she waits for betas and is in pain from her back.
  • None Today.
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