Don't Ignore This Week #niaw

Monday, April 23, 2012

This week begins National Infertility Week. Infertility wears many hats. Maybe you've tried for years to start a family, only to never be given the chance. Or maybe getting pregnant isn't the problem, but staying pregnant is. Whatever your struggle, it affects every aspect of your life - your relationships with family and friends, your emotional well-being, and even your physical health.

Resolve, The National Infertility Organization, is a non-profit organization that advocates for those suffering from infertility or reproductive problems. They understand the hidden losses and emotions associated with this disease. For too long, families have suffered in silence. Because of the personal nature of this disease, it is not discussed and therefore, does not get the attention it needs. By keeping quiet, it contributes to the lack of politicians, healthcare professionals, etc. to recognize infertility as a disease.

The ramifications of infertility can be long lasting. Families need support, not just from society as a whole, but from others experiencing similar situations. I'll never forget the day I was told that it may be too dangerous, too risky for me to get pregnant again. My well-planned future just crumbled. Not only did I have to deal with my loss and the health complications that never seemed to want to leave, but I had to deal with the possibility that I would never have a biological child. 

There are no words to describe this kind of hurt unless you've experienced it yourself. So, don't forget this week. If you or someone you love suffers from infertility, or did at some point, please take a moment and say a little prayer for them. Send some positive thoughts and extra strength their way. For most, even after that miracle comes along, the after effects and feelings still linger.

This week kicks off a nationwide campaign to educate the public about infertility and the concerns of those affected. Resolve's theme for the week is "Don't Ignore Infertility". It's time to make our voices heard!

Some links to visit:

Help Break the Silence


1 comment

  1. Thank you for your post, and spreading light and awareness. Many thoughts and big hugs to you.