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National Infertility Awareness Week: A Message of Hope

In Family, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Health, Lifestyle, motherhood, News, Relationships, wellness on April 25, 2019 at 11:05

By Laura Sgroi

When I was 32, my already short cycle became even shorter out of nowhere. I had always experienced 21-day cycles with heavy bleeding at the beginning. I got my period at age nine, when a visit to the endocrinologist confirmed that my body was about three years ahead of my actual age. The solution back then? Medroxyprogesterone to help balance out the estrogen. But now I was bleeding just two weeks after my last period. I’d never experience a cycle this short. What was going on?

Dr. E, my gynecologist, did an ultrasound to determine if I had PCOS[1]. After finding nothing, she sent me home with a million-times-photocopied chart to track my cycle. That didn’t help. A few months later, I went to my trustworthy and dedicated endocrinologist, Dr. B, and after telling her the story, she couldn’t believe my gyn had not ordered lab tests to check my hormone levels. I couldn’t believe that either. Dr. B ordered new lab work, which showed that the abnormal bleeding was caused by low progesterone and high estrogen, a condition called estrogen dominance. She told me it was “easy to fix” with synthetic hormone pills, the same pills prescribed decades earlier by my doctor in Santo Domingo.

Thanks. But no, thanks.

It kept happening every other month–I thought maybe one ovary was having the problem. It had been a year of suffering with this hormonal balance.

I spent a year with those first two doctors and my own research, before finally deciding to take a more natural approach. A Naturopathic way to be clear, with an integrative gynecologist who prescribed bio-identical hormones and advertised in “Natural Awakenings,” the free magazine at the entrance to Whole Foods, which I’m not proud to say I pretty much blindly trust. I knew this approach would take longer, and I didn’t know if it would work, but somewhere inside me I felt that it was the right choice and that I had time. I was not necessarily trying to get pregnant anytime soon.

I went to pick up my medical records at Dr. E’s office, my old gyn. The girl behind the front desk window knew I was about to change doctors.

“Where are you going?” she whispered.

“I’m going to Dr. M.,” I told her, “because they use bio-identical hormones and I want to fix my hormones so I can start trying to have a baby.”

“She won’t be able to help you, even if they treat you with bio-identical hormones. Go to this place,” she said, handing me a business card from a center for fertility and genetics.

I thanked her, hugged her, and walked to my car in tears. As soon as I had the breath to speak, I called and booked the soonest appointment available. Their lead doctor didn’t have any openings for weeks, but they offered me their female doctor, Dr. K.

The Coral Gables office was upscale and modern–white, silver, accented with orchids. Dr.K was beautiful and extremely sweet. She asked me about my background, my marriage, my career, my blog, my health history, and did an ultrasound before ordering dozens of tests. “Everything looks good,” she said in her thick Turkish accent, rubbing the ultrasound wand over my pelvis with the help of cold gel. “Except that for your age, I don’t see enough eggs.”

That didn’t worry me much at the moment. I went for all the tests and came back to see her again. My Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) was 0.03 (a normal reading for a woman ten years older than me) and my Follicle-Stimulating hormone (FSH) was 31 (Panic high is 21). Dr. K’s suspicions were right: I had diminished ovarian reserve. Ultra low progesterone and high estrogen were another issue, just as the first labs results showed. My adrenals were not functioning well either. My husband Claudio had also been tested and his results showed low sperm morphology as a large percentage of men in their thirties. Luckily for them, men renew their sperm every ninety days, therefore with some lifestyle adjustments (multi-vitamin, smoking/drinking less, they can  improve their fertility.

I broke into tears. All the reasons why I had delayed pregnancy started rushing through my head: uncertainty and lack of stability in my marriage, the cost of health insurance, working like crazy to save up enough money, stepping on a tack the night before leaving Nicaragua, Zika (trying to conceive in the times of Zika sounds like the title of a Gabriel García Márquez novel). Sobbing, I wondered if I would ever be able to get pregnant.

Dr. K handed me a box of Kleenex. “I will hold your hand until you get pregnant,” she said. It was as if she’d heard the question in my mind. She wrote on her small yellow pad, explaining the different options available: First, two months of timed intercourse. If that didn’t work, we should try IUI, and our last option would be egg donors. IVF wouldn’t be a successful option for me.

She asked the nurse to lead me to a private room where I could cry alone until I felt better. She ordered some tests for my husband, Claudio, and then said, “You should be writing about this.”

I went home devastated. Once again, I had to take charge of my health, my healing and ultimately, my fertility. I knew every month was an opportunity and I only needed one egg. I started Googling everything I could do to fight those results. I found invaluable tips and resources specific to my situation: probiotics, acupuncture, yoga, massage therapy, supplements, all kinds of foods and seeding for fertility. A dear friend recommended health coach Beth Hill. I contacted her and we agreed to trade coaching practice hours as we were both finishing our coaching programs. Beth took the time to go over my case, and gave me helpful advice ranging from nutrition tips to relaxation techniques. She inspired me to try new foods and helped me become more mindful about grocery shopping, meal planning, and time management. Her flexibility and understanding made our sessions possible, despite the challenges of my ever-changing schedule. Our work continued during a five-country tour with a rock band in South America when I was sleep deprived, out of my routine, and attempting to adapt my fertility diet to what I could find at Latin American markets and restaurants. I always carried a suitcase full of supplements.

The most amazing thing happened. Four months after we started our program, with the aid of timed-intercourse, faith and divine mercy, I was able to conceive naturally. As my prenatal yoga teacher would say: “My baby and I are happy, healthy and whole.” I even got the bonus of an extremely “fast and easy” childbirth. Thank God.

Photo by: Isis Santana Photography

With the thorough diagnosis of Dr. K, the help and guidance of my health and wellness coach Beth, and a positive mindset, I embarked on a mindful journey to health–and received the gift of a lifetime. As a message of hope, no matter where you are in your health or fertility journey, please know that anything is possible. My baby and I are living proof.


[1] Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Note: This post is an adapted excerpt from our upcoming book, ‘Now That I Am in My Thirties’. I would appreciate your constructive feedback. Stay tuned for the launch!

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What Could You Buy Today that Will Make Your 2019 Better?

In Career, coaching, En Español, Entrepreneurs, Family, Finances, Health, Lifestyle, motherhood, News, Relationships, Spirituality, travel, wellness on November 23, 2018 at 15:49

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What could you buy today that will make your 2019 better for you and the ones around you?

A Vision Board Party/Workshop reservation!

Our first Black Friday Weekend Sale ever starts now!

20% OFF when you book your private Vision Board Party/Workshop by November 26th!

You choose the date and location in Miami, FL!

Tag your friends and DM for details!

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¿Qué podrías comprar hoy que hará tu 2019 un año mejor para ti y las personas a tu alrededor?

¡Una reservación para una Fiesta/Taller de Murales de Visión!

¡Nuestra primera venta de Viernes Negro comienza ahora!

¡20% de descuento cuando reservas tu Fiesta o Taller privado para elaborar tu Mural de Visión para el 2019 antes del lunes 26 de noviembre! Tú eliges la fecha y el lugar en Miami, FL;)

¡Etiqueta a los amigos que quieres que te acompañen y envíame un mensaje privado con tu reservación! ¡Te espero!

Tu coach,

Laura

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Meet My Health Coach Beth Hill and her Project Healthy Body

In Career, coaching, Entrepreneurs, Family, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Health, Lifestyle, motherhood, News, wellness on August 11, 2018 at 08:40

As a life and business coach, it’s my duty to not disclose any information obtained during the course of the coaching relationship without the express permission of the client. But I reserve the right to brag about their success!

My first coaching client: Beth Hill, Certified Holistic Health Coach

My first coaching client: Beth Hill, Certified Holistic Health Coach

Beth Hill is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and she was my first steady client while she was launching her business. My first coachee ever. She will always have a special place in my heart because of that, and also because of how much she helped ME.

I was struggling with a hormonal imbalance for over a year, and after seeing three different doctors, I did not know what else I could try (more on that soon). I started working with Beth remotely; she took the time to go over my health history, and started giving me valuable advice from nutrition to relaxation techniques. She inspired me to try some new things and helped me become more mindful about my lifestyle & habits from grocery shopping to meal planning and time management. Her flexibility and understanding made our sessions possible within my ever-changing schedule. I am thrilled to share with you that my hormones are now under control and I was able to conceive naturally four months after we started our program. Beth then helped me with my pregnancy nutrition and I will be forever thankful for this gift of a lifetime.

This why I trust her and I am happy to share her with you. She is now a team member of the Project Healthy Body: A five-month journey toward discovering the healthiest YOU! On weekly calls, they will talk about whole, real foods, hydration and movement, but more importantly, they will explore self-care, self-love, body acceptance, gratitude and being present and showing up to live your best life.

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Project Healthy Body is about designing a foundation that will carry you through a healthy life filled with energy and vitality. It is rooted in self-love, healthy lifestyle choices, resilience, gratitude, education, and a growth mindset.

The ideal Project Healthy Body participant is someone who is ready to break-up with the scale, never diet again, and who simply wants to feel and look better! They are looking for women who have decided their current circumstances are no longer acceptable, and they are motivated and inspired to be the best version of themselves.

Is that you?

If yes, please contact Beth at beth@projecthealthybody.com. They have only one spot left!

Cheers to your health!

Laura

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Ode to a Friend

In Family, Health, Lifestyle, News, Relationships, Spirituality, travel, Videos on April 7, 2018 at 20:41

“To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.”

– Theophile Gautier

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A month ago, I lost my dear friend Leana. One of the most caring and smartest beings that I have ever had the honor to be friends and work with. I used to call her my consultant, she was my hotel roommate, my travel pal, my partner in crime, my neighbor, my favorite Nica, my light warrior, and much more. She made me her sidekick in endless adventures, and I will be forever grateful for that and for everything I  enjoyed and learned from her.

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Leanita became my family and made me part of hers. She opened her house to us the same way she opened her heart, with no reservations. We enjoyed our friendship to the max, since day one. She was an amazing, fun, thoughtful friend.

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As my other dear friends Melissa and Ana said: “She was loved, valued, and respected”. An inspiration to everybody around her. She taught me valuable lessons of love and integrity until the end: Loving her was respecting her. She knew that I felt both for her. Quoting Theophile Gautier above: I loved her with all my mind and admired her with all my heart. She knew that, and so did our families, friends, colleagues and clients.

She will always live in me. Her smile, her laugh, her professionalism, her passion for the entertainment industry, her respect for the craft, her style, her wit and wisdom. She will live attached to my heart like the beautiful orchids she gave me once for my birthday, now blooming in my patio attached to the mango tree.

I will always love you my friend. Thanks for sharing it all.

Tu Laurita

P. S. : This song is for you:

Know you are loved

Rest in peace

Dream your sweet dreams

“Til your soul is released

Beloved Child

My heart is yours

Beloved Child

Go out and open doors

With your love

With your faith

With your compassion

With your grace

Oh, with your grace

Beloved Child

Go out, spread light to the world

Be strong,

be kind,

be brave

 

 

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New Event in Miami: The Art of Being a Woman

In Beauty, Blogging, Career, coaching, Entrepreneurs, Family, Fashion=Moda, Finances, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Great Articles Found Doing Research, Health, Lifestyle, News, Quotes, Relationships, Spirituality, travel, Uncategorized, wellness on February 19, 2018 at 15:42

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Please visit https://www.theartsyhive.com/workshops-events  and register now!
See you there!
Thanks for the support!

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New Date Added for 2018 Vision Board Workshop in Miami: Saturday January 13th, 2018

In Beauty, Blogging, Career, coaching, Entrepreneurs, Family, Fashion=Moda, Finances, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Great Articles Found Doing Research, Health, Lifestyle, News, Quotes, Relationships, Spirituality, travel, Uncategorized, wellness on January 9, 2018 at 18:51

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After selling out our first workshop we are back this Saturday January 13th!

If you would like to be part of this new Vision Board Workshop, please visit https://www.theartsyhive.com/workshops-events  and register now!
See you there!
Thanks for the support!

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Register Now: 2018 Vision Board Workshop!

In Beauty, Blogging, Career, coaching, Entrepreneurs, Family, Fashion=Moda, Finances, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Great Articles Found Doing Research, Health, Lifestyle, News, Quotes, Relationships, Spirituality, travel, Uncategorized, wellness on December 7, 2017 at 14:34

Welcome to my first workshop as a coach!
Thanks in advance for joining us and for sharing!
Sign up here:
https://www.theartsyhive.com/workshops-events
Happy Holidays!
See you there! 

Gratitude

In Blogging, Career, coaching, Family, Finances, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Great Articles Found Doing Research, Health, Lifestyle, News, Quotes, Relationships, Spirituality, travel, wellness on November 23, 2017 at 10:18

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Please Help: Nicaraguan Maternal Health Project

In Family, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Health, News, travel on November 6, 2017 at 10:31

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By Rosita Hassan

As many of you know, Nicaragua is a country very near and dear to my heart and women’s and maternal health is an issue that I have grown up with (thanks to my incredible midwife mother). While living in Nicaragua, I had the fortune to meet many courageous and resilient women of great strength and tenacity, who endured countless challenges in order to better their lives and the lives of their families.

Now back in the States, I became involved with a group of dedicated students and faculty from the University of Pittsburgh that have teamed up with Global Links and Rise Against Hunger to send support to pregnant women and new mothers in rural Nicaragua. You can donate here.

Pregnant women in rural Nicaragua face enormous challenges, and their resilience and endurance is a testament to the strength of women everywhere.

We are short of reaching our goal by $2,195. We need to hit this target by November 15th to provide essential nutritious packaged food to mothers in rural Nicaragua. 
We are kindly asking for YOUR support. ANY contribution helps!

Also, if you are a PITT STUDENT and want to contribute by volunteering your time, please let me know in the comments below.

Thanks in advance,

Rosita Hassan

Note by Laura Sgroi: “Everything I want for me I want for others”. As a pregnant woman, everything I wanted was good food and excellent healthcare (compliments and massages came next!). Everybody deserves the same. I feel for these women, thanks for helping them.

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An Epic Day in The Life of A Thirtysomething

In Family, Health, Lifestyle, travel on October 18, 2017 at 21:52

Got up at 4 a.m.

Stood in line at the Managua airport for an hour.

Ran barefoot to my gate while my bag was about to be removed.

Arrived in Miami, FL.

Took a Super Shuttle to Diagnostic Center For Women.

Had my first breast ultrasound and mammogram ever.

(Everything looks “fine”, they can feel the bump, can’t see it on tests, so they say it could be an internal pimple or an inflamed cartilage tissue) 

Walked with my suitcase to a Winn-Dixie on the corner for a banana and a ricotta & spinach pastelito.

Rode the Metrobus to the South Miami Metrorail station.

Rode the Metrorail to Downtown Miami.

Walked three blocks to my sister’s apartment.

Took my car and drove almost an hour to the City of Doral, FL.

Took a Boss Chick Dance Workout class.

From there went to Publix.

Made it “home”.

One more run: Don Glotón Food Truck to satisfy my sister’s Venezuelan food cravings.

Now in bed.

How was your day?

As you can see, mine was EPIC.

Good night,

Laura

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