Thursday, April 28, 2011

National Infertility Awareness Week

This week is national infertility awareness week, and while I am out of those trenches right now, I know that there are so many women who are not.

Infertility is still very much a disease of shame.

Your insurance company doesn't want to pay for it.

Your friends and family don't want to talk about it.

You can't find a decent doctor to help you.

I want to encourage each and everyone of you who are still in the trenches to come out with it. Tell everyone who asks an inadvertantly insensitive question about your children or lack thereof, "I suffer from primary (or secondary) infertility."

Don't just smile and nod.

There is strength in numbers.

Look at the breast cancer movement. Think about what they have done by standing together. There is an entire month for breast cancer awareness. You can buy a pink everything under the sun and donate money to breast cancer research.

It hasn't always been that way, has it?

Infertility affects as much as 10% of the population according to many statistics.

That's a lot of voices that have yet to be heard.

You are not alone.

I am not alone.

You can find more info this week at RESOLVE and help to raise our voices.

3 comments:

  1. When we chose to keep our family to one child and people would ask those annoying questions about when were we going to have another one, etc, etc, a friend who did struggle with infertility told me to just tell them it wasn't possible. Amazingly enough, that shut them up every time.

    I know so many that have struggled with it, 10% seems low. But you are right about no one wants to talk about it.

    ReplyDelete

Hi there. What say you?