Shortly after my 40th birthday I registered the domain IVF.ca. It's hard to believe an entire decade has now passed. This little corner of the on-line world has helped educate me on many fronts. Up until I started this site I had only been a surfing member of the internet, for the most part, and only for a few short years. It has been a time-consuming self-training technical venture, both rewarding and frustrating. And I still can't type. Plus, sometimes I don't realize how much I know about this reproductive world until I have an in-person discussion with anyone who has never been exposed to infertility. I owe a lot to everyone who has crossed my path on this site.
I have also been exposed to nearly every situation one can imagine in this on-line infertility world. I've seen tremendous joy turn to tragedy and loss, and hopelessness turn to dreams coming true. I've witnessed the most determined group of people I will ever know.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of the birth of IVF.ca I'd like to reflect on some of who and what over the years has helped make this community what it is. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some of who have helped inspire me along the way.
Our very first members
Heidil and Sam. They helped set the tone for the community when we started the now defunct old board.
Other integral early community supporters
Top 5 Posters of all-time
One doesn't become a top-5 poster without being a huge support for others. Some went through mutliple failed cycles before finding their own success.
Top 5 Bloggers all-time
From inspiration to comic relief, our top 5 bloggers have given us all a lot to think and talk about.
The following Canadian clinics recognize the value of steering patients to online peer support. Thank you for telling your patients about IVF.ca:
Regional Fertility (Foothills)
Markham was the first clinic to promote our community.
Moderators and Admins
Thank you to those who have past and present lent their time to help the community. And welcome to our newest awesome team member Laura1976!
babatime (active moderator)
Tigerlady (active moderator)
Hopeful123 (active moderator)
Laura1976 (active moderator)
EMD Serono - Unrestricted educational grant.
Dr Hollands (ret- Markham)
Dr Hannam (Hannam Fertility)
Dr Greenblatt (Mt Sinai)
Dr Ma (UBC)
Dr Liu (Mt Sinai)
Dr Brown (Acubalance)
Dr McCulloch (WhiteLotus)
Dr Said (Repromed)
Dr Hudson (VFC)
Forums Rules-Terms of Service Development (legal)
Most active financial advocate
IVFAngel (Alberta campaign 2004-2006)
Pregnancy Loss advocate
Made me laugh the most
Good Fortune, hopeful_flyer, JRHansen, kerrilyn, Peter
Most amazing/inspirational Infertility Journeys
Baby2be - Went from hopelessness (while always supporting everyone) to 2 amazing kids
Designerbug - Tireless blogging and always thought provoking
IVFAngel - Fought hard for government funding (got 2,000+ on-line sig petition through IVF.ca), then was gifted with an amazing private adoption, then won a lottery
moolani - Multiple failed cycles, incredible International adoption story followed by a surprise natural
Thanks to everyone who has been a member of IVF.ca. Happy new year to everyone and wishing you all happiness in 2012.