National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is April 21st through 27th this year. Sponsored by RESOLVE, National Infertility Awareness Week is the perfect time to raise awareness about infertility.
National Infertility Awareness Week is a week not just for raising awareness in those who are oblivious to the men and women living with infertility, but also a time to get educated about our options. The more you know about infertility testing, treatment, and coping skills, the better able you'll navigate the infertility maze.
What can you do in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week?
- Perhaps you'd like to start an infertility blog. Your blog can become an outlet for your own experiences, but also, it'll help others out there with infertility know they are not alone. Never underestimate the power of your own stories!
- You may want to check out RESOLVE's list of seven things people can do in seven days during the NIAW.
- Talk about infertility with your friends and family. If your friends and family aren't sure how to respond to your infertility (or others, for that matter), direct them to this article: 10 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Support Someone with Infertility
- Plan to celebrate on May 5th, National Infertility Survival Day! (A bit like Mother's Day for infertility survivors, except having children is not required.) You can also share your dream plans for the day here.
If you're a blogger, you might want to consider entering RESOLVE's blogger challenge. The theme is "Join the Movement...", asking bloggers to address in a post (or several) how you're making a difference in the lives of of those with infertility. Learn how to officially participate here: "Join the Movement..." Blog Challenge.
How will you be spending National Infertility Awareness Week? How do you make a difference? Feel free to share in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!
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