Sunday, April 24, 2011

National Infertility Awareness Week

Today begins National Infertility Awareness Week. 1 in 8 men and women will be diagnosed with infertility.

Those are some pretty staggering numbers. It affects so many people, and it's often the disease that's overlooked. Everyone understands the devastation and struggle of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, but so many people don't view infertility as a real problem.

Often those who suffer are given advice and offered suggestions on how to get pregnant and make things work for them. This week, I'll be posting a few blogs about how many myths there are associated with infertility, as well as sharing my own personal story, which you have typically only gotten glimpses of.

It's going to be an emotional week around here. So because I'm about to bare my soul for the world to see, I have a couple of things to ask.

1. Please pray for the women and men who are talking to lawmakers this week about making it mandatory for insurance companies to cover infertility treatments.
2. Please pray for the millions of couples who do this everyday. For the failed treatments, the miscarriages, the failed pregnancies, for the every day struggle and heartache that they deal with.
3. Watch this video. It will give you amazing insight into what someone who struggles with infertility goes through on a daily basis.
4. Be patient with me. This week is going to bring up lots of emotions and memories of the years of treatments and the daily struggle that my husband and I still have with this issue.

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