It is with great joy that I thank Dr. Lorne Brown and the entire Acubalance team for their extraordinary care. I’m happily and healthfully 24 weeks pregnant with my first child at age 36.
After several years of trying to conceive unsuccessfully, I was diagnosed with stage four endometriosis in March 2007. The doctor said that I only had a 20% chance of getting pregnant naturally but would have a better chance using assisted reproductive technology. This was very devastating news. Based on our chances, we contemplated trying IVF. They suggested that I take several medications to get my condition under control before even trying IVF. I instead decided to do some research to see if there were any holistic options available to me.
After a year of trying to conceive, I was diagnosed with "premature ovarian failure" at the age of 26. Devastated, my husband and I thought our chances to have a child were over. After much soul searching and research, we decided in vitro fertilization (IVF) was the path we wanted to take. IVF is an expensive procedure, not covered by our insurance, so it took us a while to save up the funds and to identify an egg donor.
After having tried to conceive on our own for a year and a half, my husband and I were referred to a doctor at the UBC Fertility Clinic. After many tests, I learned I was not a candidate for IVH because of my low ovarian reserve. -- I had a low antral follicle count, and my FSH was 14. It is desirable for AFC to be at least 5 and FSH to be below 10. -- On top of the existing issues, I was 40 years old - no spring chicken!
After trying to get pregnant with metformin and then clomid for a couple of years, I ended up with severe hot flashes, headaches, swing moods and no baby! A friend recommended I visit Acubalance. At the beginning, I was very sceptical; I doubted my hot flashes could be fixed with acupuncture. Pregnancy was not on my mind anymore. I was very disappointed.
The first thing I have to say is that I wish I had gone to Acubalance earlier than I did. I am 42, have lead a very healthy life, and am now 22 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby girl but it took me (us) two somewhat agonizing years to get here. I credit our pregnancy to the peace/joy and balance that we had in the latter part of these two years, in large part to my (our) experiences with Acubalance.
To all the staff at Acubalance Wellness Center,
My husband and I would like to thank you for all your support and encouragement during a very difficult time for us. From the moment we met you at Acubalance in Langley back in April 2008, we felt comfortable talking to you and sharing with you our infertility journey. Your calm and caring personality made me feel very relaxed every time I came for my acupuncture sessions. As anxious as I was about acupuncture when I first started coming, it didn't take long before I started to look forward to my two sessions a week.
Suzanne tells the world how her beautiful little boy
blessed her life after she was told there was no hope.
With the help of Chinese medicine and acupuncture,
she is now throwing her 1-year-old the birthday party she has long been waiting for.