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things, RESOLVE (resolve.org) runs support groups and "Walks of Hope" across the country to create community and raise needed funds. Lee intuitively understood the healing power of community. "I used to sit in the waiting room at the infertility clinic with my head buried in a magazine just like everyone else. One day, I looked around and thought to myself that all of these women were going through the same struggle that I was, so why on earth weren't we talking to each other?" So, Lee turned to the woman next to her and asked, "Are you doing IVF?" The woman looked up and said, "Yes." To which Lee replied, "Me too. Which doctor are you seeing?" This broke the ice — Lee and her fellow waiting room friend had formed their own impromptu support group. The women exchanged emails so they could stay in touch between appointments. Lee did the same thing at every subsequent medical appointment. Connecting with women going through the same difficult experience helped Lee feel less alone and she forged friendships that continue to this day. One of the most courageous women Lee met is named Angela, who saves money for years to afford one cycle of IVF. She also saves money to travel every year to Washington, D.C. for Advocacy Day, sponsored by RESOLVE. Angela explains that she does it for the child she hopes to have: "I want that child to know how hard I fought to have her and to make it easier if she has the same problem when she grows up." Earlier this year, Lee was elated to hear that Angela's third cycle of IVF worked. But at six weeks, she tearfully told Lee that she'd had a miscarriage. "Despite a drained bank account and a broken heart, three months later, Angela was back at Advocacy Day because striving for justice keeps her going," marvels Lee. While Lee's initial intention was to pay her success forward as an in- fertility coach, in 2003 the President's Council on Bioethics took aim at reproductive medicine proposing non-consensual government tracking Lee with her husband, Jarrett Collins, and their daughter, Nina. C O U R T E S Y O F L E E R U B I N C O L L I N S 134 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 fitness & health "infertility was not being treated fairly in society"

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