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Nothing Is Impossible When You Have the Right Team to Support You

Patient Q&A with Heidy

Why do you want to share your story? 

I started the IVF process to give our son a sibling when I was 39. I had suffered recurrent pregnancy loss and knew this was my only option at safely growing our family. I want families to know that no matter what you’ve gone through nothing is impossible when you have the right team to support you. 

What led you to Fertility Centers of Illinois and why did you trust us? 

I was referred to Dr. Rapisarda because of his work with other women that have suffered recurrent pregnancy loss. 

What was the infertility diagnosis? 

Recurrent pregnancy loss due to low AMH. 

Which Fertility Centers of Illinois physician(s) treated you? 

Dr. John J. Rapisarda 

How would you describe your experience with your physician(s)? 

Dr. Rapisarda was so empathetic to our past loss history. He was so supportive and even had his nurse check on me after my D&C for miscarriage prior to starting treatment. It meant a lot to get that call and know he was thinking of me. 

What infertility treatment(s) did you undergo? 

We did IVF leading up to our frozen embryo transfer with genetic testing and an endometrial receptivity array in between treatment. 

What helped you through treatment physically and/or emotionally? 

Getting support from Dr. Rapisarda and his team helped as well as weekly acupuncture at Pulling Down the Moon. I also have a great therapist that specializes in working with clients that have infertility. 

Do you have any words of wisdom for others? 

Don’t let finances get in the way of doing IVF. I organized a virtual 5K during the peak of COVID and signed up for additional insurance to help defer the cost of our treatment, so we ended up paying very little out of pocket. 

Tell us about your little miracle! 

Lottie Cathryne was born on December 15th. She joins our son Oliver and 4 angel siblings to complete our family. We are so grateful to Dr. Rapisarda and Dr. Alvarez who performed my egg retrieval and FET.