Veronica E.
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7 weeks pregnant - Successful IVF with PGD!

Started this discussion. Last reply by lisa burke May 31, 2013. 4 Replies

Another heartbreak

Started this discussion. Last reply by Terry Porcaro Jul 25, 2012. 6 Replies

Getting insurance to cover PGD

Started this discussion. Last reply by lisa burke May 24, 2012. 5 Replies


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I am the mom of two kids, my cutie pie Holly, age 8, and Max, my beautiful boy who passed away December 2, 2011, at the age of 3 1/2. I discovered quilting this past year, so spend a lot of my free-time in our craft room. I've worked off and on on a quilt made of Max's clothes, but it's emotionally difficult so I haven't worked on it for awhile. My husband and I are about to start IVF with PGD so we can have another little blessing in our family.
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James, best friend and hubby. Married almost 13 years.
Holly, smart, kind, slightly sassy 8 year old.
We were so blessed to have Max for those 3 1/2 years. I'm grateful for every moment we spent together. (Max had an upper respiratory infection which we believe caused a heart arrhythmia, causing his unexpected death.) We are so comforted knowing he is in Heaven, and we will see him again!
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Posted on August 14, 2009 at 3:00pm 6 Comments

I have been part of a local mom's group for almost five years, and I have grown to count on my mama friends for advice and support through all of life's trials, and I've shared with them the joys of motherhood. When I told them the news that Max had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, I received an amazing outpouring of support, and I felt so fortunate to have these ladies in my life. However, as time has gone by, that support has waned, and my posts about various fund-raising endeavors, including… Continue

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At 12:03pm on July 6, 2012, Thomas Hoel said…

Hi Veronica, it is so good to hear from you again!! I am out here fairly often and have been thinking about you, Max and your family from time to time and hoping you were doing well.  What a precious memory of Max.  Anthony loved going to the Rennaissance Festival.  Loved it!  He always had a painting on his face or a tattoo of some sort on his arm, festival or not.  He never grew out of it. 

At 7:53pm on July 5, 2012, Shawn Arndt said…

Veronica E.

          My name is Shawn Arndt. I am so very sorry for your loss.  I too lost my son, Joshua at the age of 4.  He passed away suddenly in front of me and my wife. Joshua was adopted from Russia and we were not told that he had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  We adopted Joshua at 10 months. He was diagnosed at 2 years. I have not been on the PPMD Web site since his death and decided to look at the grief and loss section and noticed your blog.  We have been without Joshua since November 2009 and I want you to know that it does get better.  You will never forget him as I will never forget Joshua.  I guess all I wanted to say was that If you or your husband ever want to talk.  you can let me know on the PPMD Page.  I hope for only the best for you and your family and know that you will cope with your loss better day by day.  Take Care. Shawn

At 5:33pm on January 9, 2012, Liisa Underwood said…

I am so sorry for your lost!!  You did everything you could for him and more. Many prayers for your family with this heartbreaking transition!!

At 1:51pm on January 9, 2012, Tonya Carlone said…

Hi Veronica,

I can even imagine how much you miss Max and how hard all of this is on you and your family.  I will keep your words with me about wanting to hold your baby just one more time and hear him.  My heart hurts for you and honestly I can even imagine.  I want you to know that I am here for you if you need some support.  I know it's hard sometimes to count on others and sometimes it seems like friends can disappear when a tragedy happens.  I know that's true with just the diaganosis of Duchenne in iteself and let alone the loss of Max.  It does seem very strange that Max seemed so active, just the minor flu like symptoms, then for this to happen.  I hope that you get some answers to this, but it seems so odd that this happened with flu like symptoms.  It sounds like he didn't have other issues besides Duchenne. 

Yes, we did PGD.  It didn't work the first time with us, but did the second.  We have Anthem Blue Cross.  We had to pay upfront costs of everything, but then got reimbursed from the clinic once insurance paid them.  Our doctor was in-network, but their lab was out so we had to pay a bit more because of that.  So if you decided to pursue this, definately check to see if not only the doctor is in-network, but that their lab is.  Now with PGD you won't find an insurance company that has a lab that does the PGD in-network.  So we had to pay for it again upfront, our insurance then paid us what an out of network lab would be.  It was about $4500 at the time and we got back about $1200 from insurance.  This didn't work for me, so I did in fact fight that ruling and the insurance paid the full amount both time we did PGD.  So it's definately possible to make this not be too much of a financial burden.  Our clinic did make us pay for the parts of IVF as well so it is several thousand, but again keep in mind that insurance will most likely cover some of these costs.  I'm happy to talk about this more in detail if you would like, I'll give you my email and then I'll send you my phone number if you would like.


I started my first round at 36, but didn't have our now 2 year old until I was 38.  So sometimes it can take time, for us we would start and then get a cyst or something, that I never knew I had and had to start again.  Now I have to tell you that Giuliana my 2 year old had a twin, fraternal.  We lost her at about 5  months along, long story, but we had an issue.  My pregnancy was very high risk, but we ended up with our beautiful Giuliana and it was all worth everything we had to go through.  Not easy, but somehow we made it.  Honestly, if you are thinking of doing it, I would start soon, those clinics have all these stats they tell you about and everything and the younger you are the better.  Now I'm pretty sure you know a very close friend on mine Melissa, Wyatt's Mom.  I met her when Giuliana was a baby and we talked with her and her husband and they too did PGD, and now have our God son Carter, who will be 1 next month.  This worked for her the first time, no issues what so ever.  I have other friends too that have done PGD and works right away for them.  I had to use the highest dosing of drugs to get my body to work correctly.  Seems like if there is something odd or something challenging it will happen to me.  Please feel free to email me at and maybe we can talk on the phone sometime.


Thanks for getting back to me, I just needed to check on you!!!!  Tonya :)


At 12:59am on January 2, 2012, Tonya Carlone said…

Hi Veronica,

I've just been thinking about you today.  I just wanted you to know that you and Max have really touched me and every night we pray for you and your family.  Just wanted to reach out to you and know that I've been thinking about you a lot.  Tonya

At 12:47pm on October 28, 2011, Wyatt's Mommy, Melissa said…

Veronica, How is Max.  It's been quite a while since we talked. He's getting so big.  How are steriods going for Max?  Wyatt has come along way since my last post to you.  He is totally running like crazy now, jumps both feet at the same time and is now FINALLY walking down stairs instead of slidding on his butt.  I think the steriods are making a difference.  He's happy and says "I want to do it myself"  I think the biggest change is he's potty trained completely, at night during the day, goes on his own even.  Take care I think about Max often, I hope he's doing well.  Enjoy your weekend.

At 8:13pm on May 27, 2011, Wyatt's Mommy, Melissa said…

He can't jump with both feet off the floor at the same time, it's more like a bunny, hop, gallop thing.  But as far as running, he can definately run.  He's slower than most kids his age, but he has boundless energy.  Back to the jumping thing, my niece is about 7 months younger than Wyatt and I asked her to jump and she can't either.  At this age, I don't really know if they can physcially figure out what to do, so it's hard to say if he can't jump.  He really can't do stairs well at all, but he's really short and has stubby legs.  And you are totally right the steriods do make it real.  I still "forget" sometimes and then it hits me like a slap in the face, it really sucks.  I'm sure steriods will help.  My friends son has been on steriods for a year and he jumps, karate chops, does stairs no problem.  I think it's the right move for Wyatt and Max to do them, just to give them that extra little boost.  Take care Melissa


At 6:12pm on May 25, 2011, Wyatt's Mommy, Melissa said…
Hi Veronica.  How is Max? He's cute as ever I see.  Yeah I leave actually this Sunday, visiting my sister-in-law in Milwaukee for a few days, then Wyatt, my sister-in-law, my new baby and I are driving to Cincy.  When we were there in September we talked about Steriods then.  And Dr. Wong thinks he will start soon.  I think starting younger is better, because from what I hear the boys generally can start on a lower dose, which means less side effects and weight gain.  Wyatt is very short and a little chubby right now.  All his brothers before him we chunky at this age too then slim out so I hope he will do that too.  Weight gain does scare me, but a friend of mine, her little boy has been on steriods for a while (almost a year I think) and he hasn't had any weight issues.   Send me a message anytime.  I like talking to you too.  Our boys are so close in age that we're facing the same things at about the same time.   Have a great rest of the week
At 8:12pm on March 16, 2011, kimmy watters said…
 hi veronica how are you doing today how max, are you enjoying all the snow. we  are having more than our share of rain. your son and daughter is very beautiful  how are the kids doing.kimmy
At 5:21pm on January 17, 2011, michael mcmurray said…

  Hi Veronica this is Tabby,  Michaels girlfreind, we are in the middle of a remodeling on our house right now and Mike has been very busy so I have kind of taken over his page in hopes of meeting other families that have gone through or may be going through some of the same things we are encountering since Mason's diagnosis in May 2009.  Mike, Mason and I are really looking forward to getting to know you guys . Your kids are beautiful!! Loved your photos !!  Hope to hear from you again soon!!






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