Friday, April 26, 2013
It's National Infertility Awareness Week.
National Infertility Awareness Week is a project of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. The goal of the week is to raise awareness about infertility, to encourage grassroots advocacy, and help couples with infertility cope with their disease.
Infertility affects 1 in every 8 couples.
Nick and I are one of those eight.
7.3 million Americans are diagnosed with infertility.
There is too much negativity, fear, and shame regarding this disease. I wish we could make it disappear, but we can't. However, I can and will continue to share my infertility story. I thankful for what I have endured and extremely grateful for my twins, my IVF miracles. I am not ashamed of how my children were conceived and I will always make sure they and the rest of the world know it.
National Infertility Awareness Week is also needed to spread awareness of infertility to the general public. With infertility affecting 1 in 8, it's likely that everyone has at least one friend or family member living with infertility. When the general public understands infertility better, fertility challenged couples will be freer to talk about their condition, possibly experience less shame, and receive more support.
I don't share my story for attention.
I don't share it for pity.
I share it because there are many people out there who need your support. They may not be willing so speak out, so I will help be their voice.
No matter where you may be in your infertility journey, know you are never alone.
And remember that there is always, always, always HOPE!
For more information, check out the RESOLVE website.
Posted by Amy Cox Vincelli