BREAKING NEWS - My Hopeful Journey is now live! Visit us at!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Hopeful Journey Infertility App launches on June 1st!

I want to thank all of my followers and visitors for your help, encouragement and support.  As I said before, this blog is no longer active and has transitioned to  I hope you will join me there! 

My Hopeful Journey was developed out of a need that I had while I was going through treatment which was to better integrate and manage all of my treatment information in one place.  I surveyed 100 women and found that they were looking for the same thing as I was BUT it didn't exist.  I used their feedback to develop My Hopeful Journey.  I truly hope that you use and share My Hopeful Journey!  It can be used by anyone that is trying to conceive but was designed specifically for infertility treatment.

It has a calendar, task list and journal in a one stop shop!  It is web-based, user friendly and customizable for YOUR needs. 

Features Include:
  • Track everything!  Categories include:
    • Appointments
    • Medications
    • Lab results
    • Procedures
    • Natural indicators (period, intercourse, temperature, symptoms, etc.)
  • Filter yoeach category
  • Set reminders
  • Attach files
  • Manage costs
  • And much more...
Don't take my word for it.... try it out and let me know what you think!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

BREAKING NEWS - My Hopeful Journey Blog is Live

As promised, the My Hopeful Journey blog has relocated.  We have packed up and moved on to  featuring an amazing wordpress blog that is integrated with the website.

Why did we move the blog?   I am so glad that you asked...  We actually didn't move the blog, everything that was posted here will stay here but I won't be posting regularly here.  I will respond to all inquires and continue to read and respond to comments here.  When I started blogging, I started with blogger because it was quick and easy.  I have moved to wordpress to have a more structured blog that could be integrated with the company website.

I have been so fortunate to meet so many wonderful people through this blog, that I hate to leave.  But I am not going too far, so please click on over to my new blog and subscribe to the blog post updates. 

I truly appreciate my devoted followers and viewers and HOPE you join me at the new blog.  You were there with me in the beginning and I hope you stick around because My Hopeful Journey has some wonderful initiatives and a great web-based infertility treatment tracking organizer that will be ready VERY SOON!  I also have some wonderful guest posters lined up and of course we will also keep you updated on the exciting news from My Hopeful Journey. 

Stay tuned.. you will not be disappointed!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Year, New Habits: Organize Infertility Expenses in 2011

This post is inspired by two recent interactions that I had that stuck in the back of my whirling brain. Somehow, they both bumped into each other and here we go....

Millions of people make New Year's resolutions on December 31st each year. Yet, each year most of those resolutions go unresolved.  Jill, a friend of mine (Artful Relationships) decided that she was not going to do a resolution this year, but would be doing a new practice for the New Year. Resolutions mean to resolve or have an intention to do something. A practice is something that you are intentional about in order to build a habit or become proficient at something. A practice is much more attainable and realistic in this context and I embrace making changes that are long and lasting.

A few weeks later, I read a tweet by @the2weekwait that said "Any advice on how to figure out all your 2010 fertility fees to claim on your taxes? I'm completely lost on this project!" Soon after I read this tweet, the 2 conversations collided and are now inspiration for this blog "practice".

A practical and easy solution on how to organize 2011 fertility treatment expenses.

"Practice" getting yourself organized and take control of your infertility treatment in 2011. Infertility is EXPENSIVE! Even if you have insurance, the sheer volume of doctor's appointments, procedures and medications can rack up a large bill.

Take just 5 minutes right now to decide how you will do this in 2011. Also, think what the value will be. We are more likely to do something and stick to it if it is easy AND if we see value in it. What is the outcome or value to you (Less frustration, time saving, sense of control, etc.)?

This practice is as simple as 2 steps:

1. Dedicate a pocket (or keep an envelope) in your wallet or purse to keep your infertility receipts

2. a) Once a month, after the end of a cycle, when you clean your purse, etc. purge those receipts into file folder for 2011 infertility related expenses OR

b) Identify one credit card that you use only for medical appointments. I would encourage you to pay cash if you can but if you are going to charge it anyway, try to use the same card each time. Then you can simply save the monthly statements, which will provide an itemized receipt of your transactions.

BONUS STEP: If you want to take this a step further, you can log those receipts into My Hopeful Journey's organizer as they occur or before you place the receipts in the file. This will allow you to keep track of your expenses and categorized by type (medication, appointments, procedures, etc.). You can attach reference documents and receipts to the expense by category and date. You can view reports and calculate the expenses by inputting a date range.

My Hopeful Journey will be available in the spring. Get up to date information on My Hopeful Journey by "liking" the facebook page or following the blog.

This time next year, your tax filing for medical expenses will be a breeze if you incorporate a practice like this!

(This blog has been transitioned to

Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Hopeful Journey - Big Changes Are Coming Soon!

I can't begin to thank you for your wonderful support, comments, emails, survey responses and encouragement over the past 6 months.  I initially launched this blog to gather survey feedback about infertility treatment for an infertility treatment tracking application that I was developing.  In the process, I became connected to the ALI blogging community.  In all the years that I struggled with infertility, I never knew what a powerful and supportive community this was.  I wish I would have found it sooner, but you know what they say, better late than never!

As this journey continues, there will be some changes that you will notice:
  • A My Hopeful Journey facebook page has been created. "Like" this page to stay updated on My Hopeful Journey including the "new" blog and application launch, blog posts, exclusive offers, and much more.
  • Coming Soon:  My Hopeful Journey blogspot blog will transition the infertility awareness initiatives and company related information to a wordpress blog that will be integrated with the My Hopeful Journey official website.  This will occur in February.
    • I will continue to respond to comments and emails generated from this site. (Thank you so very much for the amazing support.)
  • The Infertility Treatment Tracking Survey has been removed.  If you are interested in beta testing the My Hopeful Journey infertility treatment tracking application, please send an email to
I will continue to use twitter, facebook and blogging to support My Hopeful Journey's initiatives in supporting infertility.

Don't forget.. National Infertility Awareness Week is April 24 - 30, 2011.  Infertility is silent, help spread the word and give infertility a VOICE!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

National Infertility Awareness Week 2011 - Increase Awareness through YOUR State, County or Local Library!!!

I need your help! I wanted to do something to bring awareness to infertility during National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) April 24th - 30th, to bring more awareness to infertility. The idea started as me contacting my local library and asking them to feature books relating to infertility during NIAW this year. As the idea started to grow and I really wanted to try to get as many libraries on board as possible.... but I can't do it alone. I figured I would tap into this amazing community for help! I cannot do this by myself, BUT with you, we can!

Please take a few minutes of your time to contact your local library and ask them to feature books during National Infertility Awareness Week. I have created a sample letter that you may copy or send your own version. I could not find a directory of email addresses for public libraries so you may have to click around to get an email address or take a minute or two and pick up the phone to contact them directly.

I contacted my local branch library and they were very accommodating. Instead of contacting each individual branch within my county, my local branch gave me the contact number for the person at the county that coordinates these things. I will be contacting her next week. If you have a few extra minutes, please consider doing the same thing to get even more coverage for you county for National Infertility Awareness Week.

If you get a response from your letter, please add it to the google document link with the state, county and library branch (if applicable). There is also a place for you to list your blog, facebook and twitter, if you choose.

My goal is to have representation in each state and even internationally. Please post this link to your FB status or twitter or write a blog post about it to get more people involved.
Together, we can make a difference!

Sample Letter

National Infertility Awareness Week is April 24th - 30th. Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples. Please consider featuring infertility related books at your library during National Infertility Awareness Week to raise awareness. In turn, your library will be listed on the My Hopeful Journey facebook page and twitter (@hopeful_journey).

Here is a link to a PDF document created by Resolve, The National Infertility Association, entitled Infertility 101: Get the facts. You may want to print and display this flyer or make it available on your website.

Please reply to this email with the information that you want posted about your library and it will be added to the list of libraries that are supporting National Infertility Awareness Week.

With much hope and appreciation,

Friday, January 21, 2011

5 Reasons to "Like" My Hopeful Journey Facebook Page

My Hopeful Journey now has a more powerful way for you to connect with us on Facebook. We’ve created a Facebook Page, My Hopeful Journey, designed to better serve the population of those affected by infertility. What can you expect by connecting with us on Facebook?

You will…
• receive updates about My Hopeful Journey, including new features and exclusive offers
• be the first to receive updated blog posts
• find information related to infertility support, awareness and education
• be able to start and join discussions on a variety of topics
• join a community who share common experiences with infertility

Click "like" in the top left facebook box and love our new page!  Please join in the conversation about infertility and find hope (and help) along your journey!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Breaking the "Infertile" Silence

Have you read the Self article "This Women has a Secret"? It was a life changing article for so many women and helped them find their "voice" for infertility... because so often women suffer in silence!

Join Resolve on Thursday, January 20th for a TeleSeminar with the author, Jennifer Wolff Perrine.

"Share" this with your FB and twitter community if you think they will be interested, thanks!

My Hopeful Journey was only a concept when this article was published. Thanks to Jennifer Wolff Perrine it was one of the driving forces to bring a "voice" to this concept. I wanted to do my part in helping women that are struggling with infertility.

My Hopeful Journey is a web-based application to help women manage their treatment and it launches this spring. "Like" the My Hopeful Journey facebook page to receive the latest information about My Hopeful Journey and other information from the infertility community including news, events and community advocacy.

Read more at the blog post  "Finding a Voice for Infertility".

"Like" My Hopeful Journey to stay connected!

Other ways to stay connected:
Facebook Page: My Hopeful Journey - Infertility Treatment Tracking Simpl-IF-ed
Coming Soon:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

ABC’s of l-IF-e

Add this list to your infertility survival kit and feel free to add your own items, words of encouragement and coping mechanisms in the comments below!

Attitude – Stay positive, Advocate - Be present in your treatment
Balance - is important in your sanity especially during this time
Cry - if you need to (By popular demand - Chocolate)
Exercise and Eat Healthy
Faith, Forgiveness, Flexibility
Give up controlling everything
Imagine your dreams coming true
JOURNEY, Journal
Knowledge – learn, be part of the journey
Live, Laugh, Love
Mindset, Manicure, Meditate
Nurture yourself and your relationships
Organize, Options - explore
Prioritize, Pedicure
Questions – ask for more information if you don't understand
Rest and Relax
Support – ask when you need it
Try, Try and Try 
Unexpected – view your cycle as a guide, expect changes
Walk, Wish
eXpectations – don’t put too much pressure on yourself
Zzzz – get enough sleep

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Feature: HOPE Support Group and Dancing Upon Barren Land Website

I decided to feature my 1st blog giveaway winners in my blog posts this month.  I am so appreciative to this community and I want to share the love and support other blogs in this journey! 

In my 1st Blog Giveway, I met an amazing women, Lesli Westfall, that is using her infertility and spirituality to support other women that are also struggling. Her perspective is so amazing and refreshing.  I read a recent post from her called Don't Look Back and it reminded me of one of my first posts called Lessons Learned from Infertility. I believe it is important for us to learn from life's lessons, especially the difficult ones. She has such a positive outlook on her infertility and also brings a compassion to other women that is so genuine and heart-felt!

Here is some more information about her support group and online ministry. Please take a moment to read on, visit her site and sign up for a devotional in your inbox!

HOPE, an acronym for Hearts Of Promise and Expectation for Women, a Christian Infertility Support Group, began at Lakewood Church four years ago. HOPE is a Christian based group, providing spiritual and emotional support for women experiencing infertility, secondary infertility, miscarriages or failed adoption attempts. Women come from all over the greater Houston area, and whether they attend church or have a faith in God, they experience God's love and a sense that He has not forgotten them. Those attending receive an encouraging lesson, then break up into small groups sharing their journey and receiving specific prayer for their need. This type of format has fostered lasting friendships. God's goodness prevails, we've seen countless women take their bundles of joy home!

HOPE meets the first Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Lakewood Church, Houston, Texas ***(fyi-we've had 20 babies this year alone, 16 born and 4 adopted! woo-hoo!)

Lesli Westfall, the HOPE support group leader at Lakewood Church is no stranger to infertility. She has experienced her share of heartache and emotional ups and downs. Yet each time, through it all, her disappointments have led her to an appointment with a presence greater than herself-God. It is through these experiences that she encourages other women on the same road. As she led the support group at Lakewood, there would be countless emails coming in nationally and internationally asking, "What does the Bible say about infertility?" "How can I cope another day?" "Where is God in the midst of my heartache?" Through the inquiries she realized a 'felt-need'. Women were 'silently suffering' out there, even in the midst of their own congregations, synagogues or places of worship. It was at this time she created an online Christian ministry, a website for those suffering with infertility called 'Dancing Upon Barren Land ~ Spiritual Nourishment for the Infertility Road'.

The site includes Resources, Prayers, Infertility Etiquette and a Devotional Blog; including Monday Morning Prayer and Fertility Fact Fridays. Her mission is to inspire faith and encourage women that they are not alone and to keep believing for the impossible! To let them know that there is a God who cares, loves and who has not forsaken them.

Website: Dancing Upon Barren Land
Twitter: @DUBLhope