Shine Bright!

{come to learn: stay to get pampered} 

a HUGE thank you to all who made Shine Bright truly a

spectacular and inspiring evening

A special thank you Dr. Kris Tohtz from Serenity Family

and Dr. Jennifer Mercier of Expect A Miracle  

for their ongoing support of Shine, they believed in the organization when it was just a dream, and continue to help it grow!

 {our programs: our impact}




Shine is…. 

Shine is a nonprofit organization that supports women through their fertility journey by providing free mentorship, support and education to empower and promote a proactive approach to fertility and women’s health.  

  • Shine’s mentorship program, Fertility Friends, pairs a new member with someone who has successfully completed their fertility journey. Mentors provide one-on-one support to individuals or couples, helping to alleviate the emotional, mental and physical stresses associated with infertility, and through compassion and education, empower new members to confront the journey that lies ahead. 

  • Shine’s monthly open forums, Shine Together, provides a safe, comfortable space for participants to share thoughts, ask questions, and learn from the experiences of other members during their journey to fertility. 

  • Shine’s professional seminars and community events, Shine Through, educates participants about women’s health and wellness, and empowers them to become self-advocates during their journey. 

Shine is a unique community where members come together to support one another while celebrating the successes and battling the challenges of fertility. Its three core programs take a holistic approach to fertility by offering social, emotional and educational support to individuals and couples during their fertility journey.

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Ladies! Do you know what experts say is the No. 1 cause of infertility? PCOS!

By on June 7, 2017

Ladies! Do you know what experts say is the No. 1 cause of infertility? PCOS!


Whether you’re starting to try or you’ve been trying to conceive with no success, having a conversation with your doctor about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a good idea. For those of you that aren’t familiar, according to PCOS Foundation it is one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women. It affects 7 million women in the United States. For some women, symptoms can appear as early as their first menstrual cycle. The kicker is most women don’t know they have it because often it’s difficult to diagnose, which was what happened in my case.

For example, you may have subtle symptoms such as acne, unusual hair growth for a woman (chin, facial, neck) and male pattern baldness. More obvious and problematic symptoms are irregular or missing periods, and an excess of insulin (read more here about insulin if you’re interested http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pcos/basics/causes/con-2002884) Basically, too much insulin increases the male hormone testosterone and may affect your ability to ovulate.

According to the Mayo Clinic, having PCOS and not treating it may result in several dis-eases in the body, especially if obesity is an issue which include: type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, infertility, uterine cancer, gestational diabetes, anxiety/depression just to name a few. Doctors don’t know what causes PCOS, but excess insulin, low-grade inflammation and heredity play a role.

Here’s a study I found fascinating regarding taking medications vs. making lifestyle changes (i.e. diet and exercise)…sneak peek, LIFESTYLE CHANGES WINS!


If you’re like me, I believe a happy healthy mom and dad makes an healthy environment to create a healthy egg and sperm = healthy embryo = healthy pregnancy = health child.

Below are four steps to offset the effects of PCOS on your own:

  1. Talk with your doctor to see if you may be someone who could have this syndrome;
  2. Dietary Changes. Lose the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets. Choose complex carbs, which are high in fiber and moves through your body more slowly so your blood sugar levels stays level. According to the Mayo Clinic, even a modest reduction in your weight – for instance, losing 5 percent of your body weight – might improve your condition. There are also supplements available that may be helpful (discuss with your doctor before trying supplement as they may not be the best option for your unique situation) Here’s a prior blog of mine for some ideas of foods to start incorporating now. http://dianazic.liveeditaurora.com/service/blog/2016/11/16/curious-if-eating-certain-foods-help-your-fertility;
  3. Be active. Exercising daily helps to reduce and/or prevent insulin resistance, reduce inflammation and it’s the happy drug for your mind by producing endorphins.
  4. Get support. As I mentioned, 7 million women in the USA have PCOS, so don’t feel like your abnormal or broken beyond repair. I can help you implement these changes, reach out here!

Be Well,

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