. . .for being one of the first American couples to try a controversial new procedure called in vitro fertilization, and in the process, giving all women hope. Their twins (America's first in vitro twins, and only the world's third set) just turned 25.
At 30, Nan had blocked tubes and Todd had poor sperm count. They had five surgeries between them to try to correct their problems, but doctors still said they had little chance of conceiving. At the time, in vitro was criticized by many, including (big surprise) the Vatican. It also carried a single-digit success rate. Yet, they forged ahead. Their willingness to try the newfangled treatment paved the way for what has become a widely-accepted practice that has allowed many women to have families they might otherwise be without. Their refusal to give up and their can-do attitude, even in the face of terrible odds, is truly inspiring.
P.S.: CD17, second day of high on the monitor, and looking at another 10 day course of antibiotics. This month may be out. Argh.