featured post: “join the movement” by RESOLVE

I am going in a different direction this week and featuring a post from an organization rather than a blogger. Why? Because this is important.

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), organized by RESOLVE, is almost upon us. This year, the week of April 21-27 will be the time to shine to spotlight on the millions of people living with infertility in the hopes of bringing awareness to the many facets of this disease to the general public. There are many ways to get involved in changing the conversation about infertility and we encourage you to check out the NIAW page at RESOLVE to find something you can do.

If you are reading this, you are probably a blogger and/or reader of blogs. RESOLVE does a fantastic job of recognizing and supporting the blogging community and its role in discussing the far-reaching effects of infertility and reducing the stigma of this disease. The Bloggers Unite challenge is my favourite part of NIAW (being up here in Canada means there are precious few events, if any for me to participate in) as it provides a writing prompt for bloggers to run with. I first became aware of this during the 2011 “Bust a Myth” campaign, posting a link (to the sound of crickets) on my Facebook page. Last year, I wrote an entry for the “Don’t Ignore” prompt in one of my first public discussions of the lasting emotional impact of infertility and loss. You may recall that we featured Holly from Ready To Be A Mom here when she won the Hope Award for Best Blog from RESOLVE following last year’s challenge.

This year, the Bloggers Unite prompt is “Join the Movement…”

The goal of this year’s Blog Challenge is to bring together bloggers to talk about how you are making the difference in ways large and small in the lives of people with infertility. Topics covered in your blog post can include how you broke the silence of infertility in your life, how you advocated for the infertility community, how you advocated for yourself, or how you created a support community to help you through the infertility journey.

In scrolling through the entries from 2011 and 2012, I was surprised to see that I had never heard of the majority of blogs participating. There are pages and pages and pages of posts. This community is huge and varied. Our voices matter. Your voice matters.

We wholeheartedly encourage you to Join the Movement this year for NIAW. There are so many ways to go with this prompt. For more information on how you can get involved in this challenge, please follow these links:

Be sure to check back with RESOLVE to submit your post and visit all the other bloggers. Join the movement!

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