WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Sometimes science can help the body complete a process it has been unable to do on its own. Using ART, Ashby said, "is not going against nature any more than giving insulin to a diabetic is." There are people who get pregnant against incredible odds, Ashby said, and then there are those for whom every avenue seems to be exhausted. "There are many ways to have a family – with and without children. It doesn't mean that family is going to be any less valuable because [it's] built in a different way." That's where peer support groups can be invaluable. Doctors Ashby, Lee, and Issokson all refer patients to RESOLVE New England, a nonprofit based in Waltham that supports couples on the many different paths to parenthood. Support group topics range from current treatment options, to adoption, to dealing with friends and family, said Erin Lasker, RESOLVE New England's executive director. Grappling with these issues is deeply personal, Lasker said. It can take a lot of time and support to move from understanding to acceptance of what, for many, seems simply an unacceptable situation. "Everyone takes it differently," Lasker said, moved forward with their lives can provide hope during a very complicated time. For those in Wellesley, Weston, and other high-achieving communities, Lasker said infertility is sometimes the first problem that 155 w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e but hearing how others have coped and

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