I was at my elementary school reunion this weekend, visiting with friends I hadn’t seen for 43 and even 45 years. People came to Cleveland, Ohio from Illinois, New York, Southern California and even from Tokyo!
I got to visit with friends, who moved away to Fort Myers, Florida and La Jolla, California, when we were only 10. It was a fabulous weekend of bridging new connections, with old friends.
The most extraordinary thing happened, when I asked my friend Carol what branch of medicine her father had practiced. She told me he was an OB/GYN, and conducted all the pioneering research for IVF and Surrogacy. It knocked my socks off. I used to spend the night at her house and was in the mix with her Dad, the great Dr Yen.
This man with his 450 some studies and 40 book chapters on reproductive endocrinology changed the course of my life! Without him and his ground breaking work, I wouldn’t have my boys. Oh I want to thank him a thousand times, but he’s no longer with us. He died several years back in 2006.
I am in awe of him and the fact that I knew him as a little girl. But then again, the truth is he changed so many of our lives. This great science and technology brought me the most important of relationships in my life. He helped me to complete my life.
I’ve always wondered who figured this all out and how did they do it. All along it was him! Little did I know that when I was losing my childhood girlfriend to La Jolla, California, her father was going to a job to work in this exact area! Truly astounding!
Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC
The Surrogacy Coach at Surrogacy Rocks
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio