Monday, April 25, 2016

National Infertility Awareness Week 2016 - Start Asking

This week marks National Infertility Awareness Week and this is a cause that is dear to my heart.  I created this blog to document our journey to Little Bun and the struggles we endure along the way.  This year Resolve has proposed that we #StartAsking to increase awareness for Infertility.

If you're new to NoBunintheOven, I invite you to check out our Infertility Journey HERE.  My husband suffers from male factor infertility which prevents us from making a baby without the aid of science.  We don't have insurance coverage for these treatments and are currently at $25,319 which pales in comparison to other couples struggling to conceive.  Our journey began in 2007 and continues today as we wait for a frozen embryo transfer in May.

I believe that being vocal about our struggle will let other couples to know they are not alone on this journey.  Sometimes using your voice gives others the strength to speak up and to share their own experience.  I quote Sara Bareilles when I ask, HOW BIG IS YOUR BRAVE?

So Let's #StartAsking

Are you struggling to conceive?  Are you feeling alone?  Do you worry your friends will look upon you with pity and unwanted sympathy?  You are not alone!

Start HERE at Resolve's What is Infertility Page

Are you a friend of someone struggling?  Are you worried you've asked the wrong questions?  Do you want to know what you can do to help?
You are not alone!

Start HERE at Resolve's List of 25 Things to Say and NOT Say

Are you seeking medical intervention?  Are you confused on where to turn?  Do you think there is no hope because of lack of funding?
You are not alone!

Start HERE at Resolve's Making Treatment Affordable Page

I invite you to read these prior blog posts to help you #startasking whether it's as a person struggling to conceive or as a friend or family member of someone who is struggling.

What are all those Acronyms?? Get your TTC IVF FET knowledge here.

Do I Shave My Legs for This?  A Candid look at your first IVF Consult.

My HSG Experience See this is why you need the Acronyms!

What NOT To Do During a TWW Ladies, I've violated all of these so you don't have to!

What NOT To Say to Your Infertile Friend If you're a friend, this is a MUST READ!

This week I'm asking you to join me on Instagram (HERE), Pinterest (HERE) and Google+ (HERE) and share your journey.  Share your struggle.  If you're not ready, that's OK!  This is a big step and I leave you today with this thought by Mary Anne Radmacher...

“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.”