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Thursday, October 26, 2006

National Infertility Awareness Week

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) begins this weekend on October 29 and runs through November 4. RESOLVE has set up programs around the country through its local affiliates to educate the public on infertility issues. The three ways they suggest taking part in NIAW:

Learn. RESOLVE is here for you—to answer your questions and get you the information you need during your family building journey.
Cope. You are not alone. Attend a local RESOLVE-sponsored support group or event. You can find one in your area.
Take Action. Contact your representatives and ask them to support legislation affecting infertility treatment and adoption.

From their website, you can download sample letters to mail to local newspapers and other media sources about NIAW. I think it's very empowering to still be doing something to combat infertility even when your body isn't cooperating. As I said in my last post, some things are out of our control. But raising awareness isn't.

From the RESOLVE website:
If you have any questions or need more information please email our Marketing and Membership Manager, Rebecca Flick at
Download a sample NIAW Press Release.
Download a sample NIAW Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper.
Download a sample NIAW Public Service Announcement.
Download a sample NIAW Calendar announcement to submit to community calendars in your local newspaper.

If you're not already a member of RESOLVE, this is a good time to join and find out about all the resources they offer to those experiencing infertility. This includes a helpline, a great magazine, and local programs and support groups in your area.

So go kick some ass and educate people this weekend.

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