April 20th-25th is National Infertility Awareness Week. The National Infertility Association called “RESOLVE” started in 1974. They focus on supporting those who have/are experiencing infertility, and work to educate and raise public awareness. I strongly agree with them that infertility is a commonly misunderstood topic and love what they are doing!
You can visit their website here: https://infertilityawareness.org/
On their website they give different ways that you can be a part of National Infertility Awareness Week. There are public events, social media events and fundraisers you can be a part of.
I’ll share their social media 5 day photo challenge. As it is an easy way to raise awareness from the comfort of your own home.
I recently shared our infertility story, but in honor of this week I wanted to share it again.
You can also find the full blog post here: http://together-wehaveitall.com/our-infertility-journey/
our infertility story
My husband and I had only been married for 6 months when we felt something was missing in our lives. We loved the life we had together, but we felt an urgent need to start having children. So that’s exactly what we did! We tried. And tried. And tried again. Over and over. The months kept going by. At first I was okay with not being pregnant. I wanted to finish school and didn’t feel completely ready. But as the months went by our emotions started to take a hit. The fears started to creep in. What if we could never have children? At this point no one else knew that we were trying to get pregnant. We only had each other. Luckily, my husband is an amazing support system!
After a year with no success we decided to tell our immediate family members and eventually close friends. It was hard to tell others. Especially for me. I always imagined getting pregnant and having that exciting surprise of telling our family and friends. I also wasn’t ready to admit that infertility was an actual concern now.
Doctor visits were difficult as we tried to find a solution. Medications weren’t helping. Nothing was helping.
Somewhere along the way we starting having subtle thoughts about adoption. Something we had never considered before. I still remember the first time I had the thought. It caught me completely off guard. We had just went to see the movie “Instant Family”, about 3 months after hitting our year mark of trying to get pregnant. During the movie I didn’t feel a need to adopt. I just thought it was a good movie! But on the drive home I couldn’t stop thinking about the possibility of adoption..and it terrified me.
I knew nothing about adoption. This was something, once again, that I never thought would happen to me. A few weeks later my husband sat me down, saying there was something we needed to talk about. Bet you’ll never guess what it was..adoption.
Over the next few months we got our paperwork done, had our home study, put on a fantastic fundraiser and put our adoption profile up on adoption.com. While at the same time, still trying to achieve pregnancy through infertility treatments.
After two years of ups and downs we have been blessed unexpectedly with the pregnancy of our first child. We could not be happier about our little miracle that is on the way! We also still feel strongly about continuing our adoption journey in the future.
share your story
Don’t be afraid to share your infertility story. I know personally it can be out of your comfort zone to share personal experiences, but the impact it can have on others can be great!
And if you don’t personally have an infertility story to share you can help by supporting those you do know. Be supportive and sympathetic to your family member, friend, co-worker, loved one, whoever it may be. They appreciate it more than they could ever fully express to you!