Emily and Mike

Family Stories

Emily and Mike


We live in Chicago and have always wanted a family. But in 2017, Mike was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Mike began an immunotherapy and chemotherapy regimen which meant we would have to stop trying to conceive naturally. In 2018, we began working with Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron at the Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI). We have undergone an IUI cycle, four embryo transfers through an IVF clinical study, and had two miscarriages. It is now recommended we do another fresh IVF cycle outside the bounds of a clinical trial so we can screen our embryos moving forward.

We are so grateful to receive this support, as it allows us to move forward with another IVF cycle and our hopes of becoming parents.

Emily and Mike are recipients of a donated IVF cycle through our Partner Practice, Fertility Centers of Illinois.

When we found out that the next step was IVF, we thought our dreams were shattered