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An interview with: Suzanne Ruff Suzanne Ruff's family was afflicted with PKD ( Polycystic KidneyDisease). Suzanne was the only one not affected by it. Her mother and two sisters, as well as several aunts and uncles and cousins have all needed kidney transplants to save their lives. When the bell rang with the call for her to donate her kidney to her sister, she became "The Reluctant Donor" . This happens to be the name of her book which chronicles her thoughts, feelings, emotions during this life-altering chapter of her life. PKD is the most common genetic disease - 12.5 million people worldwide have PKD; over half a million Americans suffer from it. As of the latest count, over 90,000 are waiting for a kidney transplant. Listen and be inspired by Suzanne's story. Perhaps, in the not too distant future, this could alter your life and someone else's.
Overcoming Reluctance to Donor Egg, Sperm, or Embryo in Your Extended Family. This was a topic suggested by our audience. There are few, if any, resources available to help infertility patients navigate who to tell about using third party reproduction. Our guest is Bette Galen, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in infertiliy who has worked at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey for 8 years and has a private practice in Montclair, NJ. donor egg, egg donation, donor sperm, sperm donation, donor embryo, embryo donation, embryo adoption, infertility treatment, fertility treatment, third party reproduction,
Blog summary of the show and highlights can be found here: Blog summary of the show Highlights More Creating a Family resources on donor egg, sperm, and embryos can be found here.
Join Joy Radio on 6.19.13 at 11 am EDT and listen to Suzanne Ruff discuss her book, The Reluctant Donor.
Here's what Jeff Richert, Volunteer Coordinator, LifeSource says about the book. “The Reluctant Donor is the story of a ticking time bomb in one family’s DNA, a generations-long battle with kidney disease. With heart and humor, Suzanne shares her family’s trials and triumphs, and challenges us all to think deeply about what is most important in our lives. This wonderful book is a testament to the gift of organ donation and its power to transform the donor as well as the recipient.”
Suzanne Ruff is a member of the National Kidney Foundation's Living Donor Council Executive Committee. She is currentlyy working as a freelance writer for the Moorseville News. (Charlotte Observer) A story she wrote, "Lost and Found" was published in Feb. 2011 in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery.
The use of donor sperm and sperm banks has changed over the years. The men donating has also changed. Host Dawn Davenport will talk about the changes in sperm donation with Dr. Michelle Ottey, Laboratory Director and Director of Operations for Fairfax Cryobank and Cryogenic Laboratories. Male infertility, LGBT parenting, lesbians, same sex couples, single mothers, male factor infertility, infertility treatment, sperm bank
Blog summary of the show and highlights can be found here: Blog summary of the show Highlights More Creating a Family resources on donor insemination can be found here.
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March 14, 2013 is National Kidney Day. On a daily basis, you may not think much about your kidneys, but they are absolutely vital to your health. What happens when a person’s kidneys stop working well, either through a disease process or an hereditary malfunction like Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), and you need a transplant? 8 People in Suzanne Ruff’s family; Suzanne wants to find a cure! Author of The Reluctant Donor, Suzanne is a living donor who saved her sister&rsqu
We have previously discussed how crowdfunding is being utilized to raise funds necessary to complete a surrogacy journey. In this episode, we are pleased to have Jennifer DelVero as our guest. She and her husband have spent the past five and half years attempting to build their family. After more than 10 IUIs, several IVFs, and even a donated embryo, she has been unable to achieve pregnancy. They have financially invested signficantly in each of these collective efforts, and now are in the process of utilizing crowdfunding on youcaring.com, where their donation request, "Never Lose Hope," is currrently active. Jennifer is seeking $15,000 for costs to cover egg donation, and she is more than 1/3 of the way to meeting that goal. Jennifer will be discussing her journey thus far to become pregnant, and how crowdfunding is enabling them to afford to create the family they have always dreamed of.
How in the world do you explain something so complex as conception from donor egg, sperm or embryo to a child. When should you tell? How much detail is necessary? What words can you use? Our guest to talk about the nitty gritty of telling is Patricia Mendell, therapist in NYC specializing in infertility and founding member of The American Fertility Association and Currently Co-Chair of its Board of Directors. She is a member of the Mental Health Professionals Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, embryo adoption, talking with children about conception, talking with children about sex and human reproduction
Join co-hosts Mark McNease and Rick Rose as we welcome America's most proficient sperm donor, Trent Arsenault. Trent has been in the news a great deal, having pursued a path as a virginal donor for people seeking pregancies. Among them were a lesbian couple, the first to conceive with Trent's help. This one's gauranteed to be a thought-provoking show. lgbtSr is a site for LGBT over 50 and our friends and allies, where age is embrabed and life is celebrated.
“As soon as I started reading The Reluctant Donor I knew I had found a special book that would restore my faith in my belief about the goodness of everyday people. This book is a 60-year long epic journey of triumphs and tragedies of a beautiful and inspiring family. Even more than that, though, it is a story of unbridled love one sister had for another, and how that love was tested. If you want to be inspired, simply turn the page.” — Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN Medical Correspondent Join Aging Younger Radio and listen to Author Suzanne Ruff share her story as the only sibling with healthy kidneys who was ambivalent about donating a kidney to a sister she was not even sure she liked. Ruff will discuss her doubts, fear and strong catholic family history, her terror of having surgery and how it was offset by the miracles that surrounded her.
Has your annual appeal/fund program been given the responsibility of growing donor participation? Having your organization focus on donor behavior by looking at reactivation and retention rates, Heather Albrecht, CFRE, will give tips on growing your annual appeal/fund program in maintaining a strong donor base while moving your most loyal prospects up the giving ladder and growing donor participation to make that “major” gift. Heather Albrecht is originally from M
Former sprem donor "Ben" has been selling his sperm for most of his time in law school. He says he was paid up to $900 per month. He is now engaged to be married and is trying to meet the 70 plus children he has convieved. Could you marry a man that use to be a sperm donor, especially if he wanted to meet all of his children? If you were a child convieved this way would you want to meet a man that didnt concieve you out of love but because he wanted to make easy money?
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