Infertility Scams

Yesterday, I thought my worries about financing further infertility treatments were over.

Today, I’m bummed and incredibly angry.

I found the Web site for a non-profit organization called Free-IVF which, as the name suggests, provides funding for free ivf treatments. I’m sure you’re thinking that sounds too good to be true and I thought so myself. But, I studied the Web site and read the testimonials and thought it sounded legit. One requirement to participate is to make a minimum of a $100 donation to the organization, but I really didn’t think much about that. As I told Joe, I would be more than willing to donate to and help an organization that can help me with the financial side of having a baby. And any organization dedicated to helping infertile couples to me is amazing. As the Web site says, couples shouldn’t have to stress about how to come up with tens of thousands of dollars to be able to have a baby.

Then, I discovered that you have to pay to join the Web site’s forums.

Then, we tried calling and the phone number was disconnected.

Then, I went to Google and found message boards where women had posted that they had been on a waiting list for this organization for more than two years, after being told it would be an 8-10 month wait, and still had heard nothing.

And then, I found a site calling out as a scam. The blogger reported the company to the Better Business Bureau only to discover that there were two other claims against it.

I cannot fathom people who would scam couples who are so desperate to have a child. I would do *anything* to be able to have a baby, and things like this make me so angry. Luckily, I didn’t lose any money to them. And, if I had, I know that it would have been my fault.

I’m just so ready to be done with the worrying and the stress, but I know that won’t subside for a while. I just wish all states would follow the lead of those who already require insurance companies to cover infertility treatments. It’s a medical condition just like any other. It needs to be covered. It’s so sad that so many couples have to pay *so* much money just to have a baby.

Kangaroos and Pumpkins

We’re heading up to the in-laws’ cabin in Blue Ridge tonight, and tomorrow we’re leaving bright and early to go to the Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dawsonville. Apparently, you ride through in a tram and can actually get out and pet the kangaroos. I’m super excited because I’ve always liked kangaroos. It’s going to be so much fun.

Afterward, we’re heading to Amicalola Falls to hike/walk/hang out. My knees have been hurting a lot lately, probably from the changing weather (although I have yet to feel it during the day), but I hope they’ll be ok for hiking because I *really* want to see the falls. I’ve always wanted to hike up there.

Then, we’re going to Burt’s Pumpkin Farm! I have not been to a pumpkin patch since elementary school, so I’m also really excited about this stop. Joe and I have decided we want to carve a pumpkin this year. I can’t believe we haven’t done that since we’ve been married (or, really, since we’ve been together).

That’s a preview of our weekend. What do you have planned?

The Last Year with a 2

Today is Joe’s *29th* birthday! I can’t believe next year he’ll be 30 (and I’m right behind him!). I got him a fuel belt he needed for his long runs, a DVD and some awesome “The Office” items. I think he was pretty happy.

Joe accomplished so much in the past year. He got back into running and did his first half marathon.

half marathon 22

He went to three baseball stadiums.

us at mets game edit


indians game

And he visited the home of Kentucky Fried Chicken, which I think was the biggest thing for him. 🙂


He’s already got some big goals for his 29th year. Those include running a full marathon (only a month until that!) and running 1,500 miles for the year, which averages out to 4 miles a day. He can definitely do that. I’m so proud of him and everything he’s done and will do.

So happy birthday, honey! I hope this year will be the best one for you yet!

And They’re Off . . . Again

Ori and Harry left today to head back to Taiwan. They stopped here for breakfast this morning, which was really nice. We really didn’t get to spend much time with Ori last Saturday at my parents’ because she had to run off to a bridesmaid event for the wedding she was in. It was nice to spend a *little* more time with her. We had a lot of fun with Harry, and took his 1-year pictures. He’s such a cutie, but he’s so active now! It was hard to keep him still! Hopefully I’ll have time to download them off our camera tonight.

Harry was pretty cranky this morning, a side of him I’ve never seen. Ori’s mom and I were talking about how Harry is always *so* good. I’ve never really seen him fuss, he’s fine when Ori leaves him with other relatives, and he was perfectly well-behaved at the wedding last Sunday. However, this morning he was pretty tired from being at my parents’ until 10 p.m. last night and then getting up early this morning to head out. Hopefully he’ll sleep most of the flight. I know they’re really excited to get home, and Ryan is *super* anxious to see them after two weeks apart. I don’t blame him.

I’ve been tracking their flight again. It’s so addictive. It’s fun to see where their flight takes them, but it also makes me sad seeing how far they’re getting from us. It was hard when they left in August, but at least then we knew Ori would be back in just a month. Now, we know we won’t see them until June. It really sucks.

I wish my brother had been able to come with them, but he’s busy, busy, busy teaching over there. An interesting side note: Ori told us today that the students in Taiwan go to school at Taiwan Adventist Preparatory Academy until 4:30 p.m. and then head to cram school, where they will take lessons to learn English until 10 p.m. or sometimes even as late as midnight! Then, they’ll tell their regular teachers that they have too much homework and are *incredibly* tired at TAPA. Apparently, that’s how education works in Chinese countries, but I just feel so bad for the students. They have no free time and are in school for up to 16 hours a day! Then again, maybe that’s why they’re all so smart.