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    Posted October 4, 2010 by
    Menglish
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    Your test-tube baby story

    My Blessings

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Menglish acknowledges that IVF is controversial, but would recommend it to anyone trying to have children. 'If anyone has any questions or doubts about IVF, they simply need to spend five minutes with my children,' she said. 'They will find them absolutely adorable, smart, happy, sweet and loving. You can't put a price on that. I can't even imagine what my life would be like if I'd listened to the negative people and didn't pursue this option. I am truly blessed.'
    - katie, CNN iReport producer

    I didn't meet my Prince until my 30th birthday.  We spent several years having fun and enjoying life. It wasn't until I turned 35 that my OB/GYN informed us about potential fertility and genetic challenges if we waited much longer to start our family.  Fortunately after a couple months without success, my Dr was able to ascertain that I had blockage in my tubes and the most effective way to conceive would be through IVF.

    I started taking the shots, had my daily sonograms and blood tests.  When the day of transfer arrived, there were only two "viable" embryos.  I convinced my Dr to only transfer one and to freeze the other embryo - even though it wasn’t very cost effective to incur the expense for freezing only one embryo.  At the time I wasn’t sure I was equipped to handle twins.

    I was fortunate that the single embryo transfer resulted in my bright, loving and incredible son Austin.  Three years later, my Dr had the remaining embryo thawed and transferred.  That little icicle became my precious daughter Ashley.  She was born 3 weeks after Austin’s fourth birthday and it the light of my life!

    Technically my children are twins – conceived at the same time.  Thanks to the miracle of cryogenics, they were born four years apart.   They couldn’t be more different in looks and demeanor.  They are complete blessings!

    I thank God daily for my children, and for Dr Edwards.  His vision and work has made all of my dreams come true.  I am so glad he is being recognized for his tremendous work, which has impacted and blessed so many lives.

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