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Pam Fischer

Ever since Pam was a little girl, she envisioned herself as being a mother. This was her lifelong dream. Divorced in her early 30's, Pam found herself in the NYC lifestyle. Casual dating and nights on the town, running into a lot of Mr. Wrongs, actually living the Sex and the City lifestyle. It was fun and exciting but something was still missing. Pam, now 41, still hadn't met the right guy. She finally decided to take matters into her own hands began research for IVF treatments. Then she made the life changing decision that she was going to become a single mother, by choice. With a leap of faith she relocated back to California because she knew she wanted...

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Melissa Berry

At age 32 Melissa tested positive for the BRCA gene. She wasn’t surprised, as there was a history of breast cancer in her family. Melissa always tries to see the silver lining in even the most challenging situations. In this case, she and her oncologist agreed that knowledge was power; her BRCA gene status would now become the road map to her health. She was closely observed and was diligent about making sure she got her mammograms, MRI’s and clinical exams on a regular basis. When Melissa was 42, she made her annual mammogram appointment. This was an unusual one for her because the clinician discovered a very small (but suspicious) lump right away. They weren’t sure what it was,...

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Becky Fawcett

The average household income in our country is $54,000, the average adoption costs is $40,000. This is the financial hurdle posed by a process that costs 74% of the average household's gross income. This is the most significant obstacle between a child living an unsatisfactory and institutionalized life in foster care or an orphanage versus the safe, encouraging, and loving life that parents can provide in a stable home.After numerous miscarriages, Becky Fawcett and her husband Kipp decided to go the route of adoption but were one of those families struggling with this financial burden. Becky says, “I couldn’t image my life childless just because I couldn’t afford it.” When the struggle became a little too tough, Becky and Kipp...

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Jodi Cutler

Published author, super mom and Consultant to Cochlear Europe, Middle East & Africa: meet Jodi Cutler Everything changed when Jodi discovered her son had a bilateral sensorineural profound hearing loss two months after moving to Italy in 1997. He was ten months old at the time, and the Audiologist said, “Your son is Deaf. You live in Italy. You must speak Italian to your son, no English, or he will be too confused and never learn to speak.” Hearing that at the time was just insult to injury. Fast forward eight years when Jordan received his first cochlear implant, and their lives changed from incredibly difficult to liberating! The cochlear implant gave him access to his surrounding world filled with...

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Aida Phillips Privado

Aida Phillips was always a very spiritual and positive person, but with her journey to adoption, she gained a new perspective on miracles. After two years of fertility struggles, a few failed adoptions and some lawyers who met with the couple only to take their consultation money….she was mentally and physically exhausted. Then they got the call, a family had chosen them! Aida says, “My life changed forever the day we brought home our daughter Milana, we adopted her from birth and it has been the best 5 1/2 years of my life. "I learned the meaning of unconditional love having her as my daughter” she expresses. Aida, born in Mexico City, Mexico and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, had a...

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