Last year was my first year being involved with National Infertility Awareness Week. Up until that point, I’d never heard of it and certainly didn’t think I’d be a part of it.
I’ve participated in many other awareness weeks to support family and friends, but never because I myself was also going through it. When I first learned about infertility, it felt a bit weird to be a part of this week, because I was now part of a statistic. I had a week of awareness I was attached to and didn’t want it. As our journey continued, being an advocate for this cause became something I could no longer ignore and had to accept in order to move forward.
While my circumstances look much different this year, it doesn’t change how important I find this week to be, whether you are currently journeying through infertility or navigating life after it. This is a part of my story and because of that, I want to continue raising awareness and having discussions to help others who desperately desire to have a family.
This year’s theme is #infertilityuncovered. Did you know that 1 in 8 couples have trouble conceiving? The magnitude of that stat is mind blowing. It means someone you know, has or is currently going through this. There is much to still be uncovered when it comes to infertility: people’s stories, ways to make the process better and additional resources to support and treat people as a whole.
I created a page on my site for National Infertility Awareness 2019 and listed several resources to be an encouragement for those navigating infertility, in addition to their support team of friends and family. I hope they prove to be helpful and hopeful. Please pass them along if you know of anyone that could benefit from them.
A big focus of this week is sharing your story to bring awareness and shed light on just how many people are impacted by infertility. Through this blog, I’ve had the opportunity to share our story to uncover infertility. You can learn more about our journey by viewing the following links.
- Our Infertility Story in All It’s Glory – Podcast
- Medical Update – Blog post
- Weekly Warrior Sharing Our Story – Blog post
- NIAW 2018 interview – Video
I’ve also been fortunate to share other people’s stories through a series called The Wait List, which features guest posts all sharing a common thread of infertility and waiting. Click here to be inspired and encouraged by their stories.
A BIG thank you to all of you for your support and love throughout our journey and beyond. Thank you for walking with us and allowing us to uncover infertility in a safe and supportive environment. That makes all the difference and is appreciated more than I can say.
Please share with someone you know who could use some encouragement in the wait.