1. Christy

    Hi there,

    I just stumbled upon your site after a friend posted something on Facebook but have really enjoyed what I’ve read so far. I just wanted to give a shout out for Marquette Model NFP (http://nfp.marquette.edu/about.php) and also props to you as a future deacon’s wife. My dad was ordained a permanent deacon back in 2005 (during my junior year of college) and I know the process can be both rewarding and harrowing all at once! My prayers are with you and your husband. Thank you for your service to the Church!

    • Lisa Schmidt

      Thanks for stopping by Christy! I appreciate your kind words as well. We are a younger couple with a 3 year-old, so the challenges with the diaconate mostly revolve around how to successfully balance my vocation as wife and mom, with that of how to best support Joel’s call. In our diocese, the wives are required to be present 100% and complete every assignment that the men do – not sure if your mom was required to that degree as well? I love connecting with deacon’s wives! :)

      Re: NFP, we’ve had some medical issues to sort through with my fertility, so Creighton had to be our model given I received care from Pope Paul VI Institute. But I do I appreciate all the online resources that Marquette provides. I’ve heard a lot of good about that model as well, even recently heard the director of the Institute for Natural Family Planning speak on Catholic Radio about it. He was a super advocate and spokesperson!

      Take care and thanks again for dropping by!

  2. @Lisa Reading Dr Hilgers book” The Naprotechnology Revolution Unleashing the Power in a Woman’s Cycle” ~ Raises awareness to a problem that millions of women suffer… (The Introduction to the book is on the website) problems such as infertility, menstrual cramps, PMS, ovarian cysts, irregular/abnormal bleeding, polycystic ovarian disease, repetitive miscarriage, postpartum depression, prematurity prevention, hormonal abnormalities, chronic discharges, and family planning. http://www.unleashingthepower.info/
    In Dr Hilgers book on page 291 it says that there is a 3 fold increase in postmenopausal breast cancer has been observed in women who have polycystic ovaries.
    From an article that was posted on Dr Hilgers website ~
    PCOD …Successful Surgical… NaProTechnology
    A number of women reading this right now might have polycystic ovaries. Polycystic ovaries are present in about 14 percent of otherwise healthy women and full-blown polycystic ovarian disease, or PCOD, afflicts approximately 6 percent of women. While many women who have PCOD do not exhibit any of the common symptoms, frequent indicators of PCOD may include amenorrhea (which is the absence of a menstrual period), obesity, facial hair (also called hirsuitism), and high blood pressure………Having polycystic ovaries puts women at risk for infertility, abnormal cholesterol levels, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, thrombosis, and cancers including endometrial, ovarian and breast cancers……. http://www.drhilgers.com/2009/09/03/news-item-2/
    Spirit Catholic Radio presents “Your Fertility Care Consult” with Dr. Thomas Hilgers 23 Shows and Pope Paul the VI Institute Minutes http://bit.ly/pA3OGN I am unable to listen to the Pope Paul the VI Institute Minutes.

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