If you’re wondering how you can help spread awareness…
Then read on.
People going through infertility often feel helpless in their situation. They've been diagnosed with infertility (which technically means you've been actively trying to conceive for one year to no avail) and sometimes they know why (e.g., Fallopian tubes are blocked, diminished ovarian reserve, etc.) but sometimes they don't (like me, unexplained infertility). Either way, struggling with fertility can be really hard and in order to feel a little bit in control, they need to do something. Or perhaps, you know someone who is struggling with fertility and are wondering what you can do to help.
Donate to RESOLVE
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit, charitable organization, who works to improve the lives of women and men living with infertility. 1 in 8 couples (yes, 1 in 8!!) experience infertility - so chances are you know someone! Help out now!
Start your own fundraising campaign!
In September 2016, I finished "My Peak Challenge" which was about pushing myself out of my comfort zone by challenging myself to do something new... or maybe not so new but pushing myself farther, harder, and to places I wouldn't usually go. So I pushed myself to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc (170 km trail around Mont Blanc Massif in Switzerland, France, and Italy), a dream I had since I was a child. I started a fundraiser for RESOLVE in February 2016 and it ended when I finished trekking the TMB. I am so proud to announce that I reached my goal of raising $5,000 for RESOLVE (and in reality it was $5,062 in total that I raised).
And you can do the same thing! Secretly, I didn't actually think I would make my $5,000 goal - mostly I just wanted to raise awareness and give my friends and family an "easy" way they could help me and my husband. But what I didn't count on was the immense support I received from friends and family through the help of social media. The minute (literally) I shared our story, so many people opened up to me about their own personal struggles or people they knew who were struggling and they donated. Sometimes it was $25 and other times it was $250. It doesn't matter how much each donated, the point is that my goal was reached. And it's not as hard as you think. It was the first time since my infertility diagnosis that I felt like I was doing something and taking control of a very uncontrollable situation. It was liberating.