If you are familiar with infertility, you have probably heard of Resolve. If not, Resolve is the national infertility association.
Today, I learned about the 19th Annual Night of HOPE, specifically the Best Blog Award. The Best Blog Award is given to a blog written by someone who is living with infertility and whose blog posts raise awareness about what life is like when you’re faced with infertility.
I choose to share this here because when I was in the thick of infertility, I felt very alone. Infertility blogs were a safe way for me to connect with women who were like me. They provided hope, insight, and a glimpse of what my future could look like. The women who chose to share their stories provided me with a guide to life with infertility. Here are the best according to Resolve. I spent the day reading through these. They really are amazing.
Excerpt from #StartAsking for Support In All Its Forms:
So for me… I want to #StartAsking for people to share their struggles, not just their successes. I want to #StartAsking for people to not get uncomfortable when I talk about infertility. I want to #StartAsking for better insurance coverage for infertility, as it is a disease. I want to #StartAsking for people to have empathy and compassion, and put themselves in other peoples shoes… because I would trade anything for your morning sickness… telling me how horrible it is, isn’t helping. I want to #StartAsking for the world to get educated on infertility, and acknowledge that it isn’t just a women-centric issue. Infertility affects men too! And men need just as much support! Read more.
Excerpt from We All Start Somewhere:
I would also add that I’m open to talk. We have held this in for more than 10 years. I guess I would like to talk. About whatever. No bad questions. There are no, “should I have not asked?” questions. And if you don’t want to talk, that’s ok too. But encouragement is always appreciated. A hug, handshake, comment, wink, smile, “like,” whatever works. Read more.
Excerpt from #STARTASKING:
The more we open up and #startasking ourselves and others these tough questions, the more people will become aware of infertility and all it entails. Once more and more people #startasking, the dialogue can begin so that we (both those who have and have not encountered infertility) can better support one another. I shared my story to get the conversation going, so now I must #startasking, will you?. Read more.
Excerpt from WHY I’M GRATEFUL FOR YEARS OF INFERTILITY:
The reality that we were now one of those couples — you know, the 1 in 8 who experience infertility — was almost too much of a burden to bear.
I felt like we had done everything right. We had good jobs. A beautiful home. We were paying off our student loans, and we were financially secure. We started asking ourselves, What’d we do to deserve this?. Read more.
Excerpt from START ASKING: For Infertility Awareness Year Round
My point is PLEASE – Start Asking for awareness year round. When someone asks you why you don’t have kids, ask them if they’ve ever heard about infertility issues and then educate their fertile and innocently ignorant selves. Read more.
Finding really great quality blogs to read takes a lot of time! You can thank me later 😉