Wake Me When It’s Over!

Republican Party (United States)

Who’s the genius that approved planning a major political party convention during in one of the most weather volatile states in the country?

Really, no seriously, really?

Is it news that the gulf coast and most Caribbean islands are off-limits in August?  Lest not forget Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that devastated several cities along the gulf coast!!  Hurricane Katrina displaced millions of American families and killed hundreds and now…seven years later the Republican Party wants hold a national party convention in a city vulnerable to natural and catastrophic weather conditions?

Is our country not in a state of panic as thousands of residents along the gulf of Mexico are in jeopardy of potentially losing their homes and personal belongings?  Does the show still go on when Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama brace themselves for what is to come over the next few days?

I guess speeches and agendas are more important….after all, now they must cram 4 days of speeches into 3?

Wake me when it is over!

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Happy 34th Louise… | IVF lives on ! |

TEN years ago we were trying to get pregnant!!

I was recently married and ready for the natural next step, which was to have a baby, but Year ONE went by and no pregnancy…

At the recommendation of a family friend,  I switch my doctor to a world-renowned fertility specialist (who had the personality and bed side manner of a piece of lint).  After reviewing my case he immediately scheduled a laparoscopic procedure to confirm his diagnosis and that’s when I discovered I had stage 4 endometriosis.  The prognosis was six months on meds before surgically removing the endometrious tissue, so having a baby at that time under his care was out of the question–

Endometriosis can lead to infertility, so I prayed over the decision, refused the treatment plan and switched doctors again!   I wanted a baby!

By year two and doctor # 3, I got more strategic and aggressive; thermometers at my bed side plotting and charting all the peak moments… I also took the pills.. you know the ones that are supposed to help you produce more eggs to increase your chances to get pregnant and perhaps have multiples….. yeah, I chewed those like candy and nothing!

 My “new” doctor #3 suspected blockage in my tubes, so I endured the slightly uncomfortable iodine test and fortunately they did not show any blockage, but still no pregnancy!

Aggravated, frustrated and disappointed I went back to my original doctor.  She reviewed my recent medical history and immediately wrote me a referral to see a fertility specialist.

TEN years ago, fertility issues still were not widely discussed—they existed,  but were contained to an exclusive club of women who discreetly allowed themselves to be vulnerable and subject their bodies to the needles, hormones and poking and prodding at the hopes of having a baby.

TEN years ago the first IVF baby was 24 years old, but still such a taboo subject.  Many people mocked the procedure and feared these babies were somehow different that those from a natural conception.  I was nervous as well… will the baby be more susceptible to health issues?  Will it be a normal pregnancy? What will people say?

In January 2002, we set sail on an adventure that was completely unknown to us or anyone we knew… My husband and I decided to move forward with the most aggressive treatment, we decided to try IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).

I quickly learned that IVF is not an easy process by no means– aside from the physical aspect (OMG I used to be faint at the sight of needles), the emotional and mental aspects can be equally stressful, which is why having a strong support system is so critical to your success.

There was no chatting in the waiting room…. you held your head down, read a magazine and waited for your name to be called….just friendly nods and absolute discretion.

My support came from a select inner circle of  2-3 friends, my mother, sister and my husband–no one else knew.  I was ashamed!  Everyone else, but me– becoming pregnant at the drop of wine.  Why did my journey have to be so difficult? I was too proud to share my struggle, so I walked that journey alone and at times even though I had the support I needed,  I felt very lonely.

On-line chat rooms helped me to relate, cry, chat and pray with other women who were walking the walk with me.  I had never seen so much hope, forgiveness, understanding and support in one chat room.  Women sharing the most intimate details looking for signs and rays of hope..and so much angel dust …… I will never forget the chats and I don’t think I could have stayed sane without them!  

Most importantly, I will always cherish the friendship of a woman who I met and who took that journey with me– we talked, cried, compared levels & prayed, just about everyday and many times till the early morning hours.  We still keep in touch to this day!

Our IVF stories were happy ending stories as we were both blessed with IVF success! I had a beautiful baby girl and she two beautiful twin girls… just a few months right after me…

I plan to dive deeper into this journey, but for today I am writing this post for 3 reasons– 1) to celebrate the  34th year anniversary of the first IVF baby and the 5 million IVF babies that have followed.  2) to encourage and increase dialogues and open chat, resources and support for women who experience and undergo assisted reproductive treatments and  3) to touch lives; whether its a women in process of ART now and needs a happy ending story or a women that may be feeling weary, insecure or helpless.
 
If you are feeling weary, disappointed or helpless….
 
If you are in the process of a IVF cycle now and need support….
 
If you’ve tried IVF and it has failed…..  
 
OR If you are concerned about trying IVF
 
If you have had successful IVF cycles
 
Connect with me and blabb back!   You see even though I had an successful IVF cycle on the first try–I had several failed attempts years later and it took several years for the pain, personal disappointment and shame to go away…. There is more to this story that I am excited to share and will do so in future  posts.  
 
My experiences are living testimonies of how great God’s love and how his plentiful blessings can flow into our lives!

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To BOO or Not to BOO? The Romney Effect

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Presumptive GOP Nominee Mitt Romney boldly visits the NAACP ( National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 103rd convention in Houston Texas today….to address thousands of men and women who work, organize and lead passionately in the pursuit of civil rights–fighting for social justices for all Americans–all the time.

His political platform has remained somewhat consistent and he continues to make his case so there were no surprises in his speech, which is why I am shocked that he was Booed
 
“Booing” someone should be an off the cuff, embarrassing knee jerk reaction.  This usually happens if you are suddenly blindsided, shocked and/or betrayed…but even then it’s not acceptable–we knew what he was going to say!!
 
There is so much that can be debated about this issue… actually too many layers to peel back in one blog posting, but here’s my take…
 
Mitt Romney didn’t come to the NAACP expecting a standing ovation and he knew his message was not going to be well received.  He failed to use this opportunity to “really speak” to the African-American community.  He could have delivered a powerful message and widened his appeal on “the issues”…the economy, health care, unemployment, the war..whatever without “bashing” President Obama and a plan that would offer 7 million African-Americans access to health care, really? 
 
Up to this point, we don’t see the Romney campaign demonstrating a “real” interest in the African-American or Latino base, so the way I see it Mitt Romney used this opportunity to grand stand, and his message today was intended to further widen his base and assure his “conservative” constituents that he doesn’t lean left under any circumstances.   
 
If we were going to boo it should have been at his offer to speak at the convention.  In my opinion, to invite a guest to speak, publicly ridicule him and then defend it is wrong!  The issue now becomes your actions rather than his words.
 
Do you believe the members of the convention were right in booing Romney? 
 
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Are you Free? No, Really? Think About It

On July 4th we will rejoice in celebration to commemorate our countries’ declaration of independence from Great Britian and King George III.   160 years later and the celebrations are still going strong, but I challenge you to take a moment today to reflect upon the reasons why we celebrate…. the freedom from oppression….. that all men are created equal and our unalienable rights; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

On July 4, 2012….Are you free?  No, really…think about it!  In many ways we are still fighting…we may not be escaping oppression from another government, but we are still fighting…fighting for justice ( for Trayvon Martin), life ( the right to choose),  liberty (freedom from the oppressors of life; a job rather than a career, overwhelming debit, sickness without access to quality health care) and the pursuit of happiness (existing yet never truly living life).

Today it’s all about the barbecue and the fireworks, but at some point when you manage to get a quiet moment….. reflect on the significance of the celebration and then ask yourself, ” Am I Free”?

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Is Obama is the next FDR?

Amazingly enough, history continues to repeat! The precedents of our past have a way of coming full circle…take a close look at Chief Justice John Roberts and then take a closer look back at Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes. Now let’s look at the most obvious commonalities of the two–they are both conservative Republicans who nonetheless sided with liberal justices during a Democratic administration in very controversial and historic cases. Hughes ruling over the constitutionality of Social Security under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Roberts ruling in the health care reform act; Obama Care under President Barack Obama.
 
 
During “The Great Depression of the 1930’s” when poverty among senior citizens was at its’ highest, President Franklin D Roosevelt enacted the Social Security Program to limit and prevent poverty and unemployment which was plaguing the old aged, widows and fatherless children. The constitutionality of Social Security was challenged, debated and resisted…Many opposed this program and labeled it “socialism” to create hysteria and rally support against this so-called “social insurance.”
 
 
Over the past 80 years past US Presidents’ have enacted legislation in attempts to reform Health Care in our country– Medicare, COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) and SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program). In response to the increasingly amount of millions of Americans without health care and the plea for reform, President Obama enacted The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This act mandates health insurance and is designed to reform our insurance, health care systems and provide quality accessible care for all Americans.
 
 
Just as before, the opponents are armed and ready to point and click — they have a bus load of tea bags ready to deploy and destroy! The rants of “socialism” are at the forefront and the downstream effects on the economy and businesses are being projected—And again, Health Care Reform is being attacked and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality has been questioned–
 
 
Well, the SCOTUS has spoken AGAIN– The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act IS CONSTITUTIONAL– end of story!
 
Quite frankly, none of us have all of the facts, figures and knowledge to reconcile our nation’s debit to make an intelligent assertion as to whether or not “Obama Care” is fiscally prudent yet alone prove our national debt will suffer or increase as a result of health care reform.
 
Did it make sense to ensure the elderly, widows and fatherless children with a “social insurance” program in 1935? Yes it did— Yes it does— YES WE CAN!!!
 

Does is make sense to have access to quality care for all Americans without life time limitations and barriers due to pre-existing conditions– as it is defined by insurance companies? Yes it does—YES WE CAN!!!

YES WE CAN–YES WE WILL!

What commonalities do you see between Presidents FDR and Obama?

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The Power of Prayer

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St. Jude’s Novena

“May the Sacred Heart of Jesus
be Adored, Glorified, Loved & Preserved
through-out the world, now & forever.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.
Saint Jude, Worker of miracles, pray for us.
Saint Jude, Helper of the Hopeless, pray for us.”

Say the prayer 8 times a day for 9 days.
It has never been known to fail.
Publication must be promised.

What Do Your Shoes Say About You?

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Your shoes tell a story… look down..what are your shoes saying about you right now?   Do your shoes express how you feel about yourself, about your life, maybe your job? How many times have you gone to the closet and chosen shoes based on ” how you feel” about yourself or the kind of day you expect to have or want to have ?

My shoes tell my story….look at what I chose… 7 inch heels !  These shoes help me to grow every time I step into them… some days I feel so empowered I am ready to conquer the world ……and in a comfortable pair of high heel shoes!  My shoes represents the heights I expect to reach— one day at a time!   Next time you stand before your shoe collection… What story will your shoes tell?