Hello everybody! I am still buzzing from Saturday’s Walk of Hope in Atlanta which was put on by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Gathering with other like-minded spirits and spreading infertility awareness was an energizing and rewarding experience. A diverse group of participants attended, including some walkers who have become parents, some who have not, as well as friends, family, and others offering infertility support.
It was really great to meet other infertility awareness advocates, including RESOLVE staff and volunteers and some of the staff members at the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine like Tonya Collins, pictured here with me.
I really loved the informational signs that RESOLVE placed strategically throughout the park.
If you are familiar with Atlanta, you may know that Grant Park, where the walk was held, is an urban park that borders Zoo Atlanta. It is my hope that many individuals visiting the zoo and the park that day were better informed about infertility, thanks to these signs.
RESOLVE also had their own Wall of Hope, where participants could write messages of hope and offer infertility support to others. Seeing all of us come together to raise money and infertility awareness makes me realize how important it is that we all speak up, raise our voices and share our stories. It is only by increasing infertility awareness and getting our stories out there that we can change others’ perspectives so that infertility advocates become a majority. If we stay silent, how can progress be made?
I plan to attend the Walk of Hope again next year and will be joining Stephanie and Team Attain Fertility at Advocacy Day 2013. How do you feel about advocating for infertility? If you blog about your infertility journey, please let us know. We’d love to share your stories.
Britt Berg is a writer, blogger, and content manager for Attain Fertility. She is also a trained therapist and co-author of Making a Baby, a book about infertility.