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|
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.