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Finding Closure to my Miscarriage (Part II)

04 May 2017
Stefanie Castro, RN, BSN, CD, CPD
When you last heard from me, I was awaiting test results on a child I miscarried nearly 5 years ago but never got answers to as “why”. Finding out about CombiMatrix and having this opportunity fell in my lap, so to speak. I wasn’t looking for answers at the time, but when the chance presented itself to learn why I suffered such a tragedy, I felt the need to pursue it and was eager to...
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Finding Closure to my Miscarriage?

04 Apr 2017
Stefanie Castro, RN, BSN, CD, CPD
As I stand in my backyard, I am processing the fact that in the weeks to come I’ll have answers for which I’ve waited years and that I never imagined possible. These answers revolve around the unborn baby I lost nearly 5 years ago. I lost this baby with no real explanation as to why the miscarriage occurred and I’m flooded with emotion realizing that soon I’ll actually know more about this child. It’s surreal...
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Loss in the Eyes of a Nurse…

02 Mar 2017
Stefanie Castro, RN, BSN, CD, CPD
As I write this entry, I am reminded of being in the hospital, holding the hands of all those patients who were experiencing one of the worst days of their lives. I had not yet experienced my own miscarriage, however, I found a way to be there and nurture so many families when they were faced with this horrible news. I think two things can occur from caring for patients who suffer loss: either you...
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Too Young for Options

01 Feb 2017
Stefanie Castro, RN, BSN, CD, CPD
As a nurse, I consider myself a well-educated individual when it comes to my medical options. When I found out my pregnancy was no longer viable, I was aware of various diagnostic tests available that could give me closure to this horrible time in my life. Unfortunately, I was surprised to encounter roadblocks as soon as I inquired about such testing. I was shown the exit to the emergency room without being given any information...
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Controversies Regarding PGS/PGD

26 Jan 2017
Brian D. Acacio, MD
One of the most common misuses of terms in the field of Reproductive Genetics is “PGD”. PGD stands for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. This pertains to the genetic testing of embryos for a specific known genetic condition, most commonly single gene disorders. This requires two things: the first is to know what specific condition we are looking for such as cystic fibrosis, BRCA1/2, or sickle cell disease. The other thing that is required is to have...
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A New Tradition

17 Dec 2016
Stefanie Castro, RN, BSN, CD, CPD
At a Loss During the Holidays… It’s hard not to reflect during the holiday season. My mind constantly reverts back to past celebrations, when it was just my husband and me, or when our son first experienced this magical time of year. But the Christmas that stands out the most for me took place 4 years ago. That Christmas was different for my family for many reasons. The biggest reason was the fact that the...
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