“It might be an uphill battle, but my God made the mountain I’ve been asked to climb, so I will trust him” – Unknown
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), a week that is near and dear to my heart. Last month, during Endometriosis Awareness Month I discussed why, if you are someone dealing with infertility, it is important to share your story. You can read that post here Overcoming Your Diagnosis
My goal with last month’s post was to show how and why your story matters. This years theme for #NIAW is #InfertilityUncovered. This year’s goal according to InfertilityAwarness.org is to “raise awareness about the significant lack of access to family building options and emotional support for millions of women and men struggling to build a family.” Throughout this post, I am going to be highlighting TEN specific ways you can get involved with this movement!
1.Share your own story of infertility. If you have struggled with infertility of any kind, share that journey and help to bring awareness to the cause.
2.Reach out to someone you know. If you know someone struggling with infertility, reach out to them! Let them know you are willing to lend a listening ear during their struggle
3.Find the support you need. If you are struggling to find support yourself, reach out to a family member or friend for help. It may seem daunting at first, but chances are they will be supportive of you!
4.Join a virtual support group. If you are scared to share your story with family and friends, join a virtual support group until you are ready for that next step! Facebook has many different groups that you can be apart of. These groups help to provide online forums for sharing information, asking questions, and just getting some friendly advice from someone who has been there. One of my favorite groups is Moms in the Making. Search for it on Facebook. It is such a wonderful feeling to feel as though you are apart of something greater.
5.Attend a local support group. A little over a year ago, I went for the first time to meet with some local girls to share our journey. The first time I went, I was so nervous about what to expect, but I am so glad I did. We now meet once a month to support each other in our journeys. If you are not aware of groups in your area, reach out to me and I can help you find some great ones!
6.Share a Facebook or Instagram post about infertility. You can find many different posts online that would coincide with this movement. Search for #infertility and see how many posts you can share to show your support
7.Start a Twitter thread that highlights infertility. You can also search for #infertility here to further show your support.
8.Talk to your doctor about symptoms you may be having and be an advocate for your health! I know that throughout my journey to a diagnosis, I saw at least three different doctors before I finally got the help I needed. If you are not sure of how to go about this, reach out to me. I can share my journey and what I did to get help!
9.Search for #Infertility nonprofits in your area and like their Facebook and Instagram pages. Your one like, may be the one someone needs to see in order to become more familiar with their ministry. Here are a few of my favorite, Waiting In Hope, Embrace Bravery, Moms in the Making, and Beating the Infertility Stigma in North Dakota. Find them on Facebook or Instagram
10.Create a care package for someone you know who is struggling to start a family. You can find infertility devotionals online, send some chocolate, purchase a fun coffee mug, or write a card of encouragement. Anything to help bring some joy to their season of waiting.
These are just a few ways that you can show you care about this diagnosis that impacts so many. Statistics show that 1 in 8 couples struggle to start a family. This is your family member, friend, and coworker. Chances are someone within your inner circle has either dealt with this issue or is still facing this battle. You can be a comfort in their storm and a hope to their waiting. Do your part to positively impact someone! With your support we can truly make #InfertilityUncovered!
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