I'd like to raise a glass to NIAW--National Infertility Awareness Week--here in the United States (and I'd like to apologize for not knowing if other countries are holding their awareness week during the same week). It's not that this week didn't exist prior to this point, but this year, they moved it to the spring, and frankly, it was a good choice.
Not that I don't like my emotional support and activism sandwiched in between the start of school and Halloween, but it tastes a lot better right before Mother's Day.
NIAW starts this Saturday (the 25th) and runs to the next Saturday (the 2nd), though there are also unrelated yet in-the-same-vein activities happening on the Web or in the face-to-face world up until May 10th.
The biggest events are being sponsored by Resolve--both national Resolve and the local chapters. It all begins with Resolve's list of seven things you can do in seven days. They also are holding events across the country through local Resolve groups.
Focusing on the seventh item on the list, there is plenty you can do without leaving your living room to find support. If you haven't started a blog, start one. Rachel wrote a rockin' article about starting your own infertility-related blog. And then tell me about it so I can place it on the blogroll. Or, on that note, start reading a new blog this week. Join the forums and start a new thread asking for advice/support or set up an account on the Resolve bulletin boards or IVF Connections. If you're on BlogHer, join the new infertility group. If you need support near Mother's Day, join Liv who created OMG! Because You Rock Day.
So I'm raising a toast to NIAW--and doing what I can to spread word about my wonky ovaries in my tiny corner of America.
As always, it has been a little over a month since we met, bitched, cried, comforted, and caught up each other on our cycles and lives. Pull up a seat and I'll pour you a drink. Let everyone know what is happening in your life and a compliment for another blogger. The good, the bad, the ugly. My only request is that if a story catches your eye, you follow it back to the person's blog and start reading their posts. Give some love, give some support, or laugh with someone until your drink comes out of your nose.
I have a ton of assvice in my back pocket and as a virtual bartender, I will give it to you unless you specifically tell me that this is simply a vent and you do not want to receive anything more than a hug.
So if you have been a lurker for a while (or if this is your first open bar as someone who found this space through IComLeavWe), sit down and tell us about yourself. Remember to provide a link or a way for people to continue reading your story (or if you don't have a blog--gasp!--you can always leave an email address if you're looking for advice or support. If not, people can leave messages for that person here in the comments section too). If you're a regular at the bar, I'll get out your engraved martini glass while you make yourself comfortable. And anyone new, welcome. I'm glad you found this virtual bar.
For those who have no clue what I'm talking about when I say that the bar is open, click here to catch up and then jump into the conversation back on this current post.
So have an imaginary cocktail and tell us what is up with your life.