The View...Why??

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  1. I recorded N. Suleman's interview on the view and just finished watching it. The only redeeming part of the interview was Sherri remarking that she'd also been through "infertility treatments", and that they were not covered by insurance, and she wondered how Suleman was able to afford it. As with most of Suleman's responses, it was lost in her frenetic attempt to bypass the question or lie outright. Unfortunately, I think she took the IVF world a few steps backwards. Ugh. Hopefully tomorrow's show will overshadow her appearance today.

  2. She's on speed or coke.

  3. Hi-
    As an IVFC vet, I hope today's episode of the View (that I was a guest on) was a much better representation of IVF.

  4. Hi-As an IVFC vet, I hope today's episode of the View (that I was a guest on) was a much better representation of IVF.

    Thank you and your dh so much! I was so impressed and relieved that the View had "real" IVFers on there today -- great job! Thanks for representing the rest of us (hopefully Suleman's kooky laugh will be the most memorable part of her appearance, not the fact she has IVF babies).

  5. thanks -- we were the ones with the male factor at the end. Was on these boards for a long time, couldn't have lived without them

  6. thanks -- we were the ones with the male factor at the end. Was on these boards for a long time, couldn't have lived without them

    I'm glad that your DH was able to talk about his feelings about the sperm issue. I know it's difficult for men to admit if they are the one with the problem, but I thought he did a good job expressing how he feels and so did you.

  7. Hi-As an IVFC vet, I hope today's episode of the View (that I was a guest on) was a much better representation of IVF.

    Y\'all were wonderful. Your DH has such a great personality. The only negative of your whole segment was when JB said that women want to talk about their infertility all the time. She is so very wrong on that front. Just goes to show that she has no idea of the pain of IF or how isolating it is. I wish she didn't always feel the need to make a joke no matter how serious the subject.

  8. thanks -- we were the ones with the male factor at the end. Was on these boards for a long time, couldn't have lived without them

    I thought you guys did awesome! Very honest. Your DH seems like a great guy, not many men would be willing to go on national TV and admit things like that.

    These boards are great...

    Take care,
    ~B

    P.S. - I especially loved your "sperm envy" comment and when your DH said "Guys don't talk about this stuff, they just say OK, pass the wings!" Very cute!

  9. thanks -- we were the ones with the male factor at the end. Was on these boards for a long time, couldn't have lived without them

    you guys were great, and it was nice to see some levity at the end too, your dh is funny ..

  10. Great job and so brave of both of you! You did us proud.

  11. thanks -- we were the ones with the male factor at the end. Was on these boards for a long time, couldn't have lived without them

    You and your husband did a great job. And I was so pleased that they included a discussion on male factor. Your husband reminded me of mine when he said that guys just don't talk about that stuff. I still remember exactly where we were sitting in our old living room when the urologlist called with my husband's preliminary numbers and the expression on his face as he wrote it all down. Heartbreaking.

    Again, thank you for representing and please thank your husband too!

  12. frans_L~ Thanks for sharing your story! You both did great!

    Finally The View did an episode about IF. I just wish they could spend a little more time on a question/topics rather than jumping around so much. Some of those were great and would have provided a wealth of information about IF.

    But Elizabeth talking about her “struggle.” Please. I think she said something awhile back about her 2nd taking four months and that was her struggle.

    Sherry Shepard upset me. She should know better. First she said they took out her “embryos” and “implant them with sperm and then they place them back in your body.” At least she didn’t say “implant them” in you. The others did! THEN, she asks the two couple if they considered adoption. Sigh.

    The only thing I wish The View would have added was someone like me who has gone through many failed cycles and have not succeeded. There is not always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I also wish (they touched on it with you frans_L but you seem to feel differently than I do) but being envious of pregnant women and/or babies. Seeing those, to me, hurts like hell. Joy did try and bring this up but they just past it up.

  13. frans_L,

    I just wanted to thank you for going on national tv to share your story. I have so much respect for all the patients and docs who participated in this show. I must say, it is probably the best (not perfect by any means,....but still the best) show about infertility that I have seen on mainstream network TV.

    I also give alot of credit to Guiliana and Bill for being so brutally open with their struggle. We all know how terribly invasive all the tx are physically to begin with, so for them to invite cameras into this highly emotional area of their life is incredibly brave. I wish them the best.

  14. I just watched this online today and I was so proud of it! Yes, sherry's comments annoyed me. I HATE when the media uses terms like "implanted embryo". But, for the most part, it was the best coverage IVF has gotten.
    I felt for everybody. And I'm also really rooting for Bill & Guilliana.

    One thing I liked is that the doctor and the guests all talked about age. It makes me sick that I spent so many years thinking I had soooo much time because "35 is so young". Who knows, maybe I would've been just as infertile in my 20's... but I don't think i helped myself by hanging out and killing time with my husband for 9 years first. I know some people don't have a choice.. but I did and I feel strongly I was misled into thinking I had a bunch of time.

    frans_L, your Dh was killin it! He is great. I love his olympic swimming comments.

    And I enjoyed hearing from barbara. Her remarks on how they didn't have ivf when she adopted, etc. Its a good perspective of how far we've come.

  15. I must say, it is probably the best (not perfect by any means,....but still the best) show about infertility that I have seen on mainstream network TV..

    I agree. A couple of years ago Oprah had Martha Stewart's daughter (I cannot for the life of me remember her name) during her IVF and she was explaining how to mix/give the shots all wrong. I cringed. It was obvious she didn't do them herself. (If I recall correctly she demonstrated a progesterone in oil shot with a SQ needle!) She also said "implant" the embryos in the uterus instead of transfer. And it frustrated me that she seemed to be oblivious to the true process.

    I REALLY liked that they brought up the fact that most celebrities "miracle twins" after 40 are likely from the result of IVF. Much respect for them (ALL of the guests) to be open and talk about it. Guliana made a comment that she wanted other women to know that "it was OK to be going through this" and I thought that was really cool of her.

    Take Care
    ~B

  16. thanks for all the compliments, everyone -- hopefully when they have us back in August we can try and talk about even more IVF stuff (and make sure SS doesn't mess up this time!)

  17. frans_L-

    Once you have the details about the next show in Aug, please post back and/or PM me as I'd love to attend it in the audience. I'm guessing others would be very interested as well.

    Just think what a GREAT message of solidarity it would send if we managed to fill that audience COMPLETELY with infertiles! Oh, wait, then someone would definitely jump out of the audience to rip SS a new one the next time she bumbled the whole "implanting embryos" thing. haha

  18. The only thing I wish The View would have added was someone like me who has gone through many failed cycles and have not succeeded. There is not always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
    They did! They had Riri (firstimer) as a guest. Although Riri didn't get to talk much since BW kept getting stuck with Riri's DH not wanting to have any children and that wasn't the case at all. How did she ever get that idea?! Riri was also asked if adoption was ever considered and Riri responded beautifully by explaining that everything was considered and that was when BW made that comment about being ready to love the adopted child.....sigh....

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