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Infertility is a silent epidemic. Unless a person suffers with infertility, it is most likely not thought or heard about often. However, if you or your spouse is infertile, then it is something you think about every waking moment. It is a silent disease that can consume your life. The silence is what makes infertility very isolating. Most women do not have anyone to turn to for support or else the pain runs too deep to share. The authors, Alicia and Gina, are two no-nonsense women who no longer want this to be a silent disease. They came together with one goal in mind; to write a book women can relate to on a very personal level to eliminate some of that isolation. The authors’ style of writing is a very down-to-earth, as the authors share some funny and not so funny experiences. Alicia and Gina take you through their own infertility journeys, documenting every failure and triumph throughout the years they suffered. They discuss how to find the right doctor and how to identify and avoid road blocks that cause unnecessary challenges. They also share their raw emotions regarding relationships, nosey co-workers and financial strain related to infertility. “A Girlfriend’s Guide Through Infertility” focuses on educating women and men on some potentially unfamiliar and surprising causes of infertility. Many couples are told they have unexplained infertility. Alicia and Gina wanted explanations. As they began researching and interviewing doctors and the more knowledgeable they became, they realized their book would provide valuable information to others. Infertility rates will continue to rise and those facing an infertility diagnosis will look for ways to alleviate their isolation and pain. Infertility prevention will be valuable in the future as more women and men are diagnosed every year. Alicia and Gina are eager to share their stories and research with you, and they hope this book is a source of comfort, information and inspiration to every reader.
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Gina was born in Buffalo, NY where her maternal grandmother delivered her on a couch in the family duplex. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health Education from California State University, Northridge. She has held management positions in Retail, Health Care and Dentistry and has been able to travel to many exciting places in the United States and the world. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and her 7 year old twins. Gina dealt with over eight years of infertility until finally having success with In Vitro Fertilization with Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). She feels strongly that the stigma and shame associated with this issue be removed allowing women to find help both medically and emotionally. She felt compelled to share her personal story with other women facing the same struggles. Alicia grew up in the Midwest and graduated from Bowling Green State University where she studied communications and marketing. Soon after college she moved out West, married a few years later and began dreaming of a family. This is where her understanding of infertility began. Never learning or hearing about infertility, Alicia had to learn every aspect about it on her own. After five years of struggling she was blessed with triplets. During her long and heartbreaking battle, Alicia made a promise to herself to give back to couples who struggle with infertility. Her goal is to be a source of hope, understanding and encouragement while also promoting infertility awareness and prevention. Alicia has since moved back to the Midwest to raise her children and works as a Marketing Administrator for a global manufacturing company. She is now a single mom to triplets, works a full-time job, manages a Facebook page and website: Infertility Hurts. After the completion of her first book, her next goal is to develop a program that will help to give free infertility treatments to those who need help the most. She is a strong advocate for those who cannot pay for treatments. Alicia believes that receiving help with fertility issues is a right for everyone; not just for those who can afford to seek help but for all that suffer.
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