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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Chosen Again!

I've just been notified that I have been chosen again!

I haven't received too much information about my recipients; however, they sound like a great couple who want nothing more than to start a family! They have chosen me to open that chapter of their lives and I could not feel more honored. My first experience as an egg donor was so amazing and I cannot wait to begin this process again!

For this donation, I will be traveling. The recipients are located in Northern California and I am very excited to travel there. As a Pre-Med student, I love meeting doctors and medical professionals all over the map. I could not be happier that I get to experience this donation a distance away from where I am located!

Although we are in the beginning stages of this process, the retrieval is set to take place before the end of the year. I am currently filing out paperwork and reviewing the contract. It is important to review all details of any document used in the donation process.

I will post information about donor contracts so that you will know the extent and importance of these documents.

As for now, I am sitting back and waiting for all of this to take place! I cannot wait to begin this process again and help this wonderful couple!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Headshot Shoot

Yesterday I attended a photo shoot for my new headshots for the donor agency's website. The shoot was with a well-known photographer that shoots a wide variety of categories: headshots, lifestyle, fashion, weddings, ect.

I had such an amazing time! The photographer put me at ease the entire time and we got some great shots. I could not be happier with the results!

I am so blessed to have found such a great agency with such great people that enjoy what they do. The best part is what they actually do. Everyone is working hard to ensure the best outcome for couples who want nothing more than to start a family. I know that what I have decided to do is an amazing thing, to give up a couple months of my life to help a couple in need, but the other people involved are doing such an amazing thing as well. They are devoting their time (all the time) to not only care for me, but to care for their clients who are turning to them for help.

If you are reading this, still considering egg donation, no matter what side you are on (the recipient or donor side), this is such an amazing experience for both parties.

Keep an eye out for some of my beautiful headshots!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Back On The Market

Well, I'm back on the market! Well, the donor market anyway.

A coordinator from the agency contacted me and requested that I have a headshot done for the website. She also requested that I provide a brief audio clip about myself. This is what I provided:

"My name is Rachel. I am a student, studying science to become an anesthesiologist. I am very active and enjoy all outdoor activities. Egg donation has been such a great experience for me. I have been able to use my passion of helping others by helping a loving couple start a family. I look forward to being able to help you."

I think having an audio clip is a great way to help prospective parents connect with possible donors. A picture only goes so far. Hearing a voice can make a couple feel at ease.

My headshot photo shoot is scheduled for Saturday, July 17.

I can't wait to be matched again!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Unfortunate Side of IVF

I recently received some pretty sad news.

My Match Coordinator emailed me to inform me that the IVF was not successful. The recipient did not get pregnant. My donation or my eggs were not the cause, there were other factors involved.

In my letter to my recipients, I told them to stay strong. I said, "Hard work pays off." Hopefully, despite this "bump" in the road, they will stay strong.

They have been in my prayers and I do hope that their journey to parenthood will be successful.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Recovery: Part Two

Well, the shot did the trick!

Within several days of injecting the medication, I began to feel the bloating subside. As the bloating began to resolve, I started my period. I felt as if I were almost back to normal.

Today, I received a package in the mail from my Donor Agency. I received my compensation, an iPod Nano Video, a gift certificate from Burke Williams Spa and a beautiful pearl necklace from my recipients. I felt like a kid in a candy store! Never in my life have I been this spoiled, nor have I ever felt so appreciated. The gifts were great; however, the letters from both my agency and the recipients were even better. The staff at the agency expressed their gratitude for fulfilling my duties and the recipients expressed their appreciation for helping them start a family.

This experience has been more than amazing. I was able to do something that I have a passion for: helping others. I gave a couple the greatest gift they could have ever asked for. I feel very special.

Monday, June 7, 2010


Today is the fourth day of recovery. As the nurse mentioned it would, it has gotten worse before better. The feeling is mainly bloating.

I began feeling a tightness in my chest. According to the recovery sheet, chest tightness and difficulty breathing was a possible symptom of over-stimulation. As the tightness got worse, I called the doctor and he scheduled me to see the doctor in the clinic closest to my home.

I was given an ultrasound; the doctor noticed there was a little bit a fluid in my abdomen, but nothing to be concerned about. I was told that the fluid would resolve itself and my ovaries would get smaller once I received my period in several days. Once this occurred, the bloating would disappear.

I was given a shot to speed up the healing process. The nurse gave me an additional shot to take home and use the following day.

I must say, my mind has been eased, knowing that I am recovering as I should.

This is my first egg donation, I didn't know what to expect!

Now, I do.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June Three: Retrieval Day!

Well, I'm still a little delirious from all the anesthesia, sedatives and pain medication; however, everything went wonderfully!

The nurses were extremely helpful. Each one walked me through the entire process, step-by-step. They answered all of my questions and made sure I was completely comfortable. I couldn't have asked for a better team.

As I was rolled into the OR, the anesthetist asked me what time of music I liked. I told her, "Jack Johnson." She surfed through her iPod and found several Jack Johnson songs and played them during the procedure. She asked me about my education, what I was studying and what I wanted to do. A little woozy, I told her all about my journey to medical school. We talked about hobbies and favorite physical activities. She made me feel at ease. Within minutes, I was out like a light and the procedure began.

When I woke up, I was in the Recovery Room. I was a little sore from the procedure, but nothing that was unbearable. A nurse helped me off the bed and into the bathroom. All I kept thinking was, "It's over? 20+ days of hormones and medications to a 20 minutes procedure?" The length of time never mattered to me. I was relieved that my first donation was successful and it was over. I felt great knowing that I was doing a very honorable thing and people knew that.

Before departure, a nurse gave me a list of things I could and could not do. The could not do list was longer. The main thing I needed to stay away from was sugar. It was too bad that all I wanted to eat was a donut! I told the nurse about my donut cravings and she said one wouldn't hurt, but to monitor my sugar intake. She also gave me a list of symptoms to look out for. Weight gain and bloating could be a sign of over-stimulation.

I went back to the hotel and rested until I felt better to return home.

Now to recover...