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I’m a 41 year old woman that has three children, with the oldest graduating from high school this year. After a very traumatic divorce, I was content living as a single mother when a considerably younger guy came along wanting to date. For six weeks he asked me out every day, and each time I said no. Finally, I agreed, believing if we went out he would see a woman with three kids wasn't the life he wanted. Didn’t work out as I had planned, as it turns out he liked me and my kids. He was like a cat that you feed once and you just can't get rid of. He knew all along that we were meant to be together. We married in September 2013 at the Harley Davidson Chopper Chapel in Las Vegas, NV.

My husband has no biological children. After my last child was born I had my tubes removed, not tied or clipped, but removed. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is our only option. So, for the last year we have done three rounds of IVF with my eggs. We did one round of frozen donor eggs, which was a disaster. We have now failed one fresh donor cycle and two frozen donor embryo transfers. After my last failure, I was diagnosed with a hydrosalpinx and chronic endometritis. I've been working to clear that.

I’m a Harley girl, when I am not at home, or have my feet in the stirrups at the fertility clinic I like to be on the bike with my honey. I work as a paramedic in an urban area, and provide critical care transport to the outlying communities back to the urban hospitals. My favorite color is orange. I’m allergic to dairy, soy, gluten, chicken, and about 75 other foods. I’m pretty much limited to air, water and ice on special occasions. I’m your girl for creative eating... I hope to see you on the FertileThoughts forums. Grab a cup of decaf coffee and pull up a seat with the women gabbing there.


a blog by Julie Monacelli, January 19, 2014

In 2007, I noticed I had gained some weight, and I was sleeping more than usual… like 18 hours a day, and I was still tired. My voice was hoarse even though I didn’t have a sore throat, my hair was falling out at an alarming rate, I was anemic and when AF came, she arrived with such gusto that I could go through a box of tampons AND pads in two days. When the fall weather hit, the colder temperatures made me extremely uncomfortable… in fact, I could never get warm.

a blog by Julie Monacelli, December 4, 2013

“Egg agents” are now recruiting for America’s next top egg. For women that cannot conceive with their own eggs, either due to medical concerns or age, the option of using donor eggs has become widely available. Traditionally, egg donors are recruited and screened by egg banks or fertility clinics and prospective clients review profiles completed by the donor on their family history, likes/dislikes, medical condition and some personality questions to choose a donor they feel most comfortable with.

a blog by Julie Monacelli, November 29, 2013

As a client of CNY Fertility Center, I have read both of Dr. Robert Kiltz's books, The Fertile Secret: 10 Steps to Living Your Most Fertile Life and The Art of Living With Intent. I’m constantly in awe of the grace Dr. Kiltz steps through life with. He is a warm, generous man with an amazingly positive, holistic outlook on life. I turned to him for help when I decided to write an article on dealing with holiday stress, knowing I wouldn’t get the traditional answers everyone writes about. He did not disappoint.

a blog by Julie Monacelli, November 28, 2013

Without fail, Thanksgiving brings food to your table that you otherwise might not eat all year long. So, I wondered which foods you could take an extra serving of, and which ones you or your partner might want to skip. As it turns out, I can make almost all of your foods guilt free when it comes to fertility!


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