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A little bit of hope

Patient Q&A with Amanda

Why do you want to share your story?:
To give a little bit of hope to those families who might be on their own journey towards becoming parents.

What led you to Fertility Centers of Illinois and why did you trust us?:
I had an AWFUL experience with another fertility clinic that was closer to home. I was referred by a friend who had nothing but wonderful things to share about her experience. I am SO glad I made the switch!

What was the infertility diagnosis?:
Stage 4 endometriosis

Which Fertility Centers of Illinois physician(s) treated you?:
Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron

How would you describe your experience with your physician(s)?:
From the moment I saw her sparkly motorcycle t-shirt, I knew dr. Hirshfeld Cyton was going to be a great fit. She was warm and compassionate, yet straightforward. I very delicate balance that she naturally possesses. The nursing staff was so helpful, communicated so easily and talked me off of my ledge on rough days and shared my excitement on happy days.

What infertility treatment(s) did you undergo?:
I did two rounds of IVF. First round failed and second round we had two embryos.

What helped you through treatment physically and/or emotionally?:
Ice cream and wine. KIDDING, sort of. Honestly, the support of family and friends. Being open that some days I would want to talk, other days I didn't. But no matter how I was feeling it was ok. It's always ok to feel. Oh, and fun bandaids for those PIO shots helped too :).

Do you have any words of wisdom for others?:
The emotional weight is the hardest part but you are meant to do hard things. Go one day at a time and allow yourself to feel. It's a challenging journey that not many can understand and it can feel lonely and isolating but staying hopeful and cautiously optimistic will help.

Tell us about your little miracle!:
Our sweet baby girl Maeve Cecilia Townsend was born July 19th, 2020. She is just over a year old and 100% has my spunky personality and looks just like her daddy. We have enjoyed every single moment and are eternally grateful to Dr. Hirshfeld and the FCI team for making our dreams come true.