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October 26, 2017

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Don't Count Your Eggs

Thanks to everyone for all the love and support about the film!
I'm excited for everyone to see if but also kinda nervous!

Noah set up a way for people in other countries to download it on Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/onemoreshot

hopefully that link works and I'll post it more formally on Nov. 4th when the film is available!
Sending lots of love.
M

Betty

Maya, I am so excited to see this film. I have been reading your blog since I was diagnosed with DOR and I return to it repeatedly to go over old entries because it makes me feel so much less alone. Thank you for writing and I am on edge waiting to see this documentary!

Jen

Hi Maya,

I have read your blog for the last couple of years. My husband and I struggled to conceive for 5 years. We live in the UK and were lucky to receive IVF on the NHS and were successful on our first attempt. Our beautiful daughter was born in August and I feel so blessed every single day. But my experience of infertility has left a deep emotional scar that I will never forget. Your blog gave me so much comfort and your experiences are described with clarity, warmth and true emotion. Thank you for helping me through.

I have been keeping an eye out for your film release. Is there any possibilty of putting the film on itunes UK, I can't seem to access it on the US version?

Wishing everyone strength in their journey.

Deb

Just wanted to respond to Martha: Before you tell all your friends to get their levels checked, I'd encourage you to look into the latest research about how unreliable a test of fertility AMH levels are. They can be really misleading. It seems that AMH tells you a lot more about likely responses to ART stimulation (or PCOS if your levels are high)than about fertility in general.

I just think the science is way behind where the ART industry claims it is in a lot of ways. Beware...

Tina

I know exactly how you feel about wondering "aren't we over this stuff?" when trying for number 2, and having those "snippets of memory" in between taking care of your child. I spend six years and five miscarriages before having my son in 2013. After what felt like a too-brief respite, we were back to trying again in 2016. I had a surgery to remove fibroids, lining issues and then two more miscarriages and a BFN. Last week I had a D&C for the second miscarriage - I really thought it would work, betas were great, at first ultrasound everything was where it was supposed to be, but then the heart never started beating. We have more frozen embryos but I don't know how much longer I can go through this...it's putting such a strain on my family. We may be moving forward with adoption instead, although who knows what that will bring. So many tough choices. I'm glad I found your blog and look forward to your film.

Lindsay

Thank you, Maya. Thanks for sharing your story, thanks for making me feel like I'm not alone, thanks for putting into words the thoughts and feelings that sometimes are just a scramble in my brain. I am really looking forward to the film, I just need to get the courage to sit through it because everything feels so raw right now.

I've commented before and shared my situation but to recap - we had our success in 2014 with the birth of our daughter after two failed IVF cycles. Well, as an update we can fast forward to 2017, where I tried an additional two times with my last two frozen embryos - I miscarried the first one at around 12 weeks back in May, and this one finds me in beta roulette. In fact, just this week I looked back at your very early P blog posts about Momo to remember how YOU got through that particular time. If there's anything I've come to expect from this entire journey, it's certainly to expect the unexpected. If this doesn't work I honestly don't know what we'll do from here, but I'm sure my gut will tell me sooner or later.

Anyway, I just want to say that your blog has been a great source of comfort to me and I've been and will continue to be so happy to cheer you on. I look forward to a positive story about your next embryo transfer and wish you the very best with the success of the film and of course your future baby making endeavors!

Martha

I came across your blog today and I could've written one of your posts "Why is ovarian reserve diminished?" I literally think of calling every female friend who is not married yet, planning to have children, engaged, etc. and telling them "freeze your eggs, check your levels!" I know that sounds crazy and I know we shouldn't tell other people what to do or inquire about their plans, but... I wish SOMEONE, anyone, a friend, a relative, a stranger would have told me :( My husband and I took our sweet time, to buy a home, build careers, etc. and we've been together for 6.5 years. I couldvé used my eggs from my mid and late 20s and have no issues now... This is such an emotional and frustrating process. I am glad I found your blog and will check out the film.

JenniferK

Hi Congratulations! I once started making a film of my experience through assisted reproduction as a way of giving my husband and I something meaningful to do if the whole thing didn't work out. Luckily it did work out. Our son is 7. I wish we'd finished the film anyway - but now I can live vicariously through you!
I contributed to your gofundme using an old email address.
I replied asking them to update my info but they never did.
Can you contact me?

Samantha

So excited to see this - I pre-ordered!!

Joahn

I am so excited for this film and so grateful to you. Xo

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