I thought hard about how I could help with National Infertility Awareness Week, and I thought about how long I have been talking about this important week on my blog. I started this blog over three years ago (yikes!) and as I have shared our struggles with infertility with the world people began sharing their stories with me, usually in confidence. Family, strangers, friends, colleagues, friends of friends have reached out to me over the years. Because talking about infertility is not easy and it’s not the kind of subject that comes up naturally in conversation. “Oh hey, tomorrow I’ve got a date with a Reproductive Endocrinologist…you know, because I’m infertile” There are massive mis-conceptions about infertility, treatments and alternative options to build a family, so it’s not really surprising we don’t talk about it. I don’t really know what compelled me to begin blogging, but I am glad I did. So… this NIAW I wanted to offer people struggling with infertility a platform to share their story with their friends, family and the world. Over this special week I will interview some incredible infertility warriors.
I want to share how different every single journey to build a family is. I want to show that infertility is a complex disease. IVF isn’t always the answer and when IVF is the answer that treatments are often an art rather than just science. There are many barriers for millions of people who struggle to build a family that include lack of insurance coverage, out of pocket costs, faith and religion, sexual orientation, and state and federal laws. The impact of infertility is far reaching – it impacts our family, friends, co-workers and employers. I want to #FlipTheScript, this year’s theme, to breakdown the barriers and bring the reality to our friends and family.
I take the pledge:
- I pledge to breakdown the stigma of infertility and share my story
- I pledge to help RESOLVE make a difference for people with infertility
- I pledge to be a voice and join in our advocacy efforts
- I pledge to help support others who are struggling with infertility
Stay tuned 22-28 April 2018 to hear some incredible stories!!