Recently, President Obama was quoted as saying “To change Washington, you, the American people, are going to have to sustain some passion about this.”
It got me thinking that this is what we, the infertility community, have to do as well. Change doesn’t come easy and not only should we all consider contributing in some way, but we have to be in it for the long haul. We are going to have to advocate for life.
Join the movement to bring infertility support groups to every community, increase and protect access to all family building options and help change the conversation about infertility.
I have been fervent about advocating for infertility issues, but that work can’t be an isolated moment in time. It’s going to require real work in a sustainable way to make real change. I don’t want to waste my infertility. I don’t want to let it use me. I want to use it. I want to harness all of the tears and heartache and try to cobble something good out of it.
This will require endurance. Well, guess what? If infertility has given me anything, it’s endurance. If anyone can fight this fight, it’s us! We have all waited and struggled for so long to become parents with so much despair and loss. We are so strong! YOU are stronger then you ever imagined for going through this.
This will also require passion. Are you kidding me? We have passion in spades. We are passionate about affordable healthcare, passionate about dispelling myths, passionate about rights we deserve to have. And, most of all, we are passionate about becoming parents.
Even though it would be nice to have legislation that could help us passed quickly, sometimes it just doesn’t work that way. History has shown that it can take many years for a bill to finally be passed. We just have to do the work and not give up. We will outlast Congress.
Every time we speak, we are bringing awareness to infertility. Every time we write, we are dispelling a myth. Every time we tell our story, we are giving a face and a name to infertility. Every time we explain what IVF is or how painful a miscarriage is, we are educating others. Everything we do right now is making a positive impact and paving the way for major change later.
We just have to endure. No problem.
I invite you to find your voice. I invite you to stand up to the disease that has taken so much from you. I invite you to turn your personal struggle into something more.
Trust me, if I can do this, then anyone can.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
I wrote this in honor of this year’s theme of “Join the Movement” for National Infertility Awareness Week (April 21-27,2013). Learn more about infertility by checking out Infertility 101 and learn more about legislative issues affecting infertility.
Also, see my post “Don’t ignore the opportunity to share your infertility story.”