April 22, 2009
National Infertility Awareness Week: April 25 - May 2, 2009
RESOLVE is sponsoring National Infertility Awareness Week, starting this Saturday. Not only do they have a list of 7 things you can do in 7 days, they are also doing 7 days of free teleseminars on various subjects surrounding IF, as well as many local face-to-face events around the country.
I've signed up for the first seminar on Sunday, 4/26 at 4pm: Getting the Support You Need for the Journey Through Infertility - I think that's a good starting point for me anyway, especially since I'm getting my Dx confirmed in 3 days. But there are 7 days worth of excellent topics from affording ART/adoption to egg donation to advocating for family building legislation. I'll try out this first seminar and see how it goes before I register for more.
The ol' college activist in me is feeling inspired. I think it's because by involving myself in some kind of advocacy role, I reestablish a sense of control. Man, IF is a bitch if you're a control-freak like I am. ;)
Oh, and I deleted the post on my FB page about NIAW, b/c I don't think I'm ready to share this yet with people I haven't seen since kindergarten and semi-professional networked contacts. Yeah, yeah, I know folks could have seen it before it was deleted, but whatever. Maybe it's just superstition that I don't resign myself to this yet before I'm "officially" diagnosed on Friday.
EDIT: I re-outed myself and reposted the link/announcement on my FB page, after I found out someone from high school messages me to tell me they are in the same boat. If my voice can give courage and support to others, than it's super important for me to speak out.