May 7, 2014

Time to Advocate

Photo credit: Resolve
Today is Advocacy Day.

Today I am part of a group of 150 people who will be discussing current legislation about infertility with Senators and Congressmen and women.

Today I am going to give statistics about infertility (one in eight couples are affected by this disease), and show the people we are meeting with how an adoption tax credit, a family building tax credit, and a women veterans credit for our service members make legislative sense and will help their constituents.

Today will be exciting.

I'm eager to meet these lawmakers and have my voice heard; and while I know emotions are not a driving force in politics there's something else I hope they realize.

Today will be hard.

It's hard to talk about infertility when you are still going through it. It's hard to spend thousands of dollars with nothing to show for it. It's hard to be let down by your body for something that should just "naturally happen." It's hard to celebrate other families when you are consumed by a yearning to have your own.

But we do it. We celebrate. We educate. We show up.

That's what we're asking our representatives to do for us.

We can't abolish infertility. We can't throw it in prison for the pain it causes or the havoc it wreaks. But we can make the journey a little less treacherous - with financial help and awareness.

Today I am doing more.

Today I am showing up. 

Want to help? Share this blog post, follow the #IFAdvocacy hashtag on twitter, or join the Thunderclap and donate your social media status to the cause!

You can also call your representatives - Resolve shows you how, and you can read about the legislation here


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am so proud of you and can't wait to hear about your experience today. I think it's so important for passionate people like you to make their concerns known. I feel like our Congressmen and women work on so many different issues that maybe at times it becomes less 'personal' when they are working on certain issues, but you are reminding them that it is personal and that they need to stand up for your rights and the rights of other women. Go get 'em tiger!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I agree with everything Lisa said and I hope you remember when today (and other days) get difficult that what you are doing really does matter and WILL change things. Sending hugs your way!

Nora said...

Echoing Kelly & Lisa: So proud of you! Can't wait to hear more and support you on your advocacy journey at is it unfolds. xoxoxo

Alli said...

You are a rock star! I am so proud of you and can't wait to hear about your experience.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

I'm totally impressed that you have become an advocate for something that has dramatically affected your life. Cannot wait to hear about your experience, once you've had time process your day and gather some thoughts.

Katelin said...

A day late, but so so proud of you friend!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I hope it went well!

Stephany said...

Just want to second what everyone else is saying - you are an amazing, inspirational, brave woman and I hope the day went well! xo

Anonymous said...

Amazing and thank you! Justine

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