Last year I had the pleasure to be in the same room as so many brave advocates sharing their stories and letting their voice be heard their infertility journey. The staff at Resolve will inspire and give you that confidence you need to get through the day. I learned from last year that we can all make a difference.
I find now my conversations are not without speaking about how I built my family. Even though I hit a lot of road blocks emotionally and financially I was still able to come out of it strong. I feel my strength has allowed me to continue advocating for others. Infertility will never leave me. I am blessed to have my son through IVF and I feel that all couples should be given that opportunity to build their family. That is why I feel so strongly about the pieces of legislation we will all be advocating for this year.
When you connect with so many online through the community you build relationships online and never think that you will get the opportunity to meet those people. This day gives you that opportunity and it allows you to share your stories in-person. I am so excited to meet all of you on May 8th. A special thanks to Casey Berna of Chances Our Blog for putting together this Blog Roll for the Advocates to get involved before meeting at Advocacy Day.
Below I have answered questions about why I am going to RESOLVE Advocacy Day 2013. I have also listed the blogs of the brave women that will be sharing in this empowering day. We will all be standing together no matter what State we are from on May 8th. Check out their blogs to find out why they are going to RESOLVE Advocacy Day 2013.
1. Where are you in your infertility journey right now? In one sentence!
After over ten years of trying naturally and struggling through infertility treatments: 3 IUI no success, 3 IVF, 1 FET, a late pregnancy loss at 25 weeks pregnant we now have my 5 year old son. We are truly blessed.
2. What inspired you to go to RESOLVE Advocacy Day 2013?
Last year I attended for the first time. The energy of being inspired and empowered by all the wonderful advocates and staff at Resolve lead me to come back again. I felt like my voice made a difference and helped me with my confidence on speaking on the issue.
3. What do you want Congress to understand about infertility?
Infertility is a disease. Infertility can affect anyone. The infertility community must be heard!
4. What are you most looking forward to about Advocacy Day?
Meeting advocates that I met last year as well as some new advocates. The online community coming to life in-person at Advocacy Day! Sharing our stories, having a few laughs and new conversations.
5. What is one thing other advocates will be surprised to learn about you when they meet you? I speak my mind, my passion for the subject shines through. I am representing CT but the New York in me still comes out. I am ME, and this year I am a brunette not a blonde! :)
Check out some of my Advocacy Day Tips from last year's experiences
Meet some of the other advocates who are going!
And we have an advocate from Canada! How awesome is that! So impressed by her courage to come such a long way! Introducing....