Never think that a small voice floating in the ether can't be heard. It can when we join together. In honour of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), running with Flicka's original idea, and in the spirit of community--a surge of blogtavism.
On Thursday, November 8th, Flicka and I are pulling together a project we are calling Twelve and a Half Fighting Back. The twelve-and-a-half are the 12.5% of the population experiencing infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. This project's purpose is two-fold. It is a push for a letter-writing campaign during an election year and it is an amalgamation of stories, putting a very human touch to an experience that is often held at arm's length by politicians and the general public.
For the letter writing campaign, click here to read more on Flicka's blog and see how you can participate.
For the My Story project, create and post a four paragraph description of your own experience with infertility/pregnancy loss/adoption highlighting either what having insurance coverage or adoption benefits allowed you to do or how your story could have been different with mandated coverage. Make sure your own voice comes through--this isn't a mere recitation of facts: it is your experience and your emotions. Talk as if you do have your congressperson's ear for a moment: what would you want them to know about your experience? Shorter is better--try to keep your story down to 4 paragraphs. Post any time between now and November 8th (I will continue to add links to stories after November 8th, but this list is going up then and your story will have maximum exposure if you post by then).
I will be keeping a list of participants and adding permalinks to the main post (whenever you post, send me the link to the post as well as your blog name and the name you'd like to have appear next to the story). We are trying to bank on the attention right now coming from the Weblog Awards, but even if I don't win, we're working to get this list of stories and letter writing campaign into the newspaper and Internet coverage. We will get our words out there into the general population's consciousness.
Anyone in the infertility/pregnancy loss/adoption community (in other words, all 1000 blogs on the blogroll as well as all the ones I haven't found yet) can be a blogtavist on this project. Use your sliver of the Internet to bring attention to the issues affecting us right now--especially the ones senators and congressmen can address and affect while in office. If you plan on participating, please leave a note below or simply email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the link whenever you post.