This is Infertility

There is nothing more fundamental to life than the urge to continue it. But while it may be the most natural thing in the world, childbirth is far from the easiest and no two fertility journeys are the same. For that reason, we are breaking from the typical podcast form. Each episode is hosted by a different voice who brings their own unique point of view to the complex and ever-changing world of infertility. Our hosts are licensed clinical social workers, patient care advocates, clinical psychiatrists, reproductive endocrinologists, real fertility patients, and others who are, in one way or another, experts in the world of fertility. We fuse narrative storytelling with experience and science to give you a new perspective on what it’s really like to go through this journey.

Episode 20: Amanda Rice: The Barrier of Not Being Infertile…Yet

Oncofertility Series – Part 2 of 4. When Amanda Rice was diagnosed with breast cancer her doctors recommended an aggressive treatment protocol that would potentially threaten her fertility. She had some infertility health insurance but when she called the insurance company she found that they had illogical barriers that excluded her from coverage for fertility preservation. Now, a cancer survivor, Amanda has created Chick Mission, a non-profit organization relentlessly focused on critical issues unique to cancer patients – including fertility challenges that may follow after surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and drug treatment. Today’s host is Lissa Kline, VP of Provider and Member Services at Progyny.

Guests include: Amanda Rice from Chick Mission, Dr. Jennifer Levine from Alliance of Fertility Preservation and Weill Cornell Medicine, and Dr. Thomas Molinaro from RMA of NJ.

For more information, visit Progyny’s Podcast page, Chick Mission, Alliance for Fertility Preservation and RMA of NJ

Have a question, comment, or want to share your story? Email us at thisisinfertility@progyny.com

Host

Lissa Kline, LCSW, VP of Provider and Member Services at Progyny. Lissa manages and oversees Progyny’s Patient Care Advocates. Prior to joining Progyny, she worked at Columbia University Medical Center in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Involved in Patient Services and the Donor Egg Program, she loved working with patients while they underwent fertility treatment. Lissa graduated with a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.

Guest

Amanda Rice, Founder and CEO of Chick Mission – Amanda, a three-time cancer survivor, started Chick Mission to help women with cancer finance and understand fertility preservation, after her own insurance claims were denied. The Chick Mission will not accept the status quo of health insurance companies refusing to cover fertility preservation for cancer patients. The organization strives to give any woman a choice regarding her future family before lifesaving treatment makes decisions for her. She’s also the Director of Investor Relations and Business Development for Maltese Capital Management.

Jennifer Levine, MD, MSW, Board Member for Alliance for Fertility Preservation and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Weill Cornell Medicine. She was a Principal Investigator on a study through the children’s oncology group evaluating ovarian reserve in adolescents diagnosed with lymphoma. Levine completed her residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and her fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center/MSCHONY.

Thomas A. Molinaro MD, MSCE, FACOG, a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey. Dr. Molinaro says RMANJ offers the best of all worlds, working to answer questions which had been previously unobtainable in the name of helping patients become parents. He’s also a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Music from this episode:

Artist: how the night came
Track: Reflection
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Artist: Steve Combs
Track: Symphony No 1 I Hope
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Track: A Vital Piece of Music for All Your Soundtrack Needs
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Track: Symphony No 1 III Failure
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Track: Symphony No 1 IV Hope
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Artist: Kai Engel
Track: Mare
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Artist: Komiku
Track: Resolution
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Track: Merfolks Song
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Artist: Brylie Christopher Oxley
Track: Heavenly Motion
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Artist: Drake Stafford
Track: The Alienist
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Artist: Swelling
Track: Dawn II
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Artist: Phillipp Weigl
Track: Subdivision of the Masses
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