Nov 18, 2014

Day 1: Resolve to be thankful

Today I'm happy to be bringing back my Ten Days of Thankful series. This was inspired a few years ago by Lisa's Ten Days of Thanksgiving; every day from now until Thanksgiving I'll post about something I'm thankful for - I'd love for you to join me!

I'd like to kick off today by talking about an organization I am so incredibly thankful for: Resolve. Including them in my Ten Day of Thankful was part of my plan, so when they contacted me about being part of the Giving Tuesday campaign,  I couldn't say yes fast enough!

Giving Tuesday is two weeks from today - Tuesday, December 2nd. It's the Tuesday after Thanksgiving - after the chaos of Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, it's a chance to give back to an organization who help so many.

I want people to know what amazing things Resolve does - they form support groups, they hosts huge events like Advocacy Day and the Walk of Hope, and they build awareness about infertility, to help take the stigma out of a disease that is still not often discussed.

At the beginning of the year I was in a bad place. After years of trying to expand our family I was finally pregnant, only to have that pregnancy end in a miscarriage. I had anger and sadness and so many emotions I couldn't even explain.

Resolve gave me an outlet for it.

I signed up for Advocacy Day, and spoke to my Congressional Representatives about legislation concerning infertility.

I formed a team and participated in the D.C. Walk of Hope.

But for me, Resolve is about the people. The people I've met in support groups who understand sometimes you just start crying; the people I've met who advocate, who are now some of the first I turn to when I'm having a hard day. Even the people Resolve hires, who understand having to cancel a meeting because it's an anniversary of when you lost your baby.
One of the signs along the Walk of Hope path
I don't think the word grateful is enough to describe how I feel about this organization.

THIS is what you're giving to on Giving Tuesday. This is the kind of organization that not only spreads awareness, but has shown me some of the most compassionate people I've ever met.

Thank you Resolve - for everything you've done for me, and others. I don't know where I'd be without you.


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am so glad that you found this organization and like I've said before, they are lucky that you found them as I know you will do great things for them! I hadn't heard about Giving Tuesday. Minnesota just did a big fundraiser last week called Give to the Max that had a lot of matching programs and extra money organizations could win. I think in total they had $18 million in donations that day so I thought that was a pretty cool event.

Emilie said...

Sadly, I know way too many people who are affected by infertility. When I was younger it seemed that it only affected people over 40 or past the typical child-bearing years. Now I know so many people my age, still in their 20's and 30's, who struggle with infertility. It is so unfair and my heart breaks for anyone who is affected by it. I am glad you found Resolve and that together you are making a difference in so many lives.

Nora said...

I'm with Emilie- the number of people I know who have been impacted by infertility is, in short, heartbreaking. I'm proud of you for taking a stand, sharing your story, making sure that you and others are heard.

Non Sequitur Chica said...

I gave to Resolve last year to thank them for everything that they do- and I plan on doing it again this year!

Amber said...

I'm so glad you discovered Resolve!! I think Giving Tuesday is such a wonderful thing because it is SO SO SO important to give back to our communities - both through volunteering and through monetary donations. I'm so lucky I get to work at a job where I see how people's lives are changed on a daily basis!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

<3 Resolve has been a blessing for many of my friends.

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