My name is Raquel and I live in New York City. I’m an artist and designer. Two years ago a friend mentioned egg freezing to me as something to think about. It took me that entire two years to decide to move forward with freezing my own eggs. I researched and debated doing egg freezing myself. My biggest hurdle was understanding that I wasn’t a “failure” because I wanted this technology, I was making the technology work for me. In the end, I did it to be an advocate for myself and my future options. With great people and medical team by my side, I learned how to be a medical advocate for myself. As women, egg freezing can be an emotional journey and be hard on your finances, but I’m glad I finally did it. At 38 years old, my clinic was able to retrieve 14 eggs with 11 eggs successfully frozen. I’m currently deciding if a second-round of egg freezing is right for me since I have left over medications and want to give myself the most opinions for success. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be your own advocate in life.