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{June 17, 2015}   T-Shirts for Infertility

Fertility affects “1 in 8 couples” according to The Fast Facts about infertility on Resolve.org which is the National Infertility Association.  Right now, many women AND men are struggling with infertility issues.  Many of these people keep quiet about it due to embarrassment because they feel there is something wrong with them since they are unable to conceive a child on their own.  Others remain quiet because they feel like people don’t want to know or they will feel like it’s oversharing.  I, myself, remained quiet for a long time due to feeling like infertility was a very personal issue that you just weren’t supposed to openly talk about.  Bringing up infertility obviously means bringing up sex and your reproductive system, and people will think it’s TMI.

Because I felt this way for so long, I didn’t have many people to confide in and I definitely didn’t have people going through the same issues to talk and compare stories with.  Dealing with infertility by yourself is a very lonely road, and it doesn’t HAVE to be.  There are resources for you.  There are others that know what you are going through.  There are others who have fought the battle and had success while there are others who didn’t have success but have learned to overcome.  When I started seeing a fertility specialist a few months ago and liking infertility pages, I saw there were thousands of other people going through the same thing I was, and it empowered me.  It gave me strength to know that I wasn’t alone.  It gave me courage to read their words and know that yes, it was okay to talk about what you’re going through, and it helps to do so.  I also saw there were women that were like I used to be.  Women that have not openly talked about their infertility outside of the groups and pages because they were embarrassed or felt like people weren’t interested, etc.  The ones who were open inspired me to be more open about my infertility.  I wanted to be what those women being open were for me.  I want to inspire others to talk about THEIR stories.  I want others to not be afraid what other people think.  Infertility shouldn’t have to be fought alone.

Living in a smaller city now, there are not really many resources for people who are going through infertility.  Even to see my doctor, I have to drive about 2 hours away.  If you read my other posts, you already know I am trying to do fundraising to help pay for my upcoming infertility treatments, but when I came across Teespring, I also had another goal in mind.  I had personally never heard of any Walks for Infertility Awareness although there are some in bigger cities and other states.  I just recently found out what the Infertility Awareness Ribbon looked like….It’s blue and pink for anyone who is curious!  I find it very eye-opening that in the city where I live and possibly in many other areas, infertility is not a very BIG topic.  Why isn’t it?  Why is it not talked about more?  Why have I never seen a shirt that shows support for those of us who are struggling with infertility?

I, personally, would love a shirt that makes people start talking, gets people open and not hiding in silence, and tells others that “Hey, I support you!”  I know I would LOVE to see someone wearing a shirt that shows that they support my fight!

So, I started a Fertility Fundraiser Campaign on Tee Spring.  The front of the shirt says “Some Miracles need a little help.”  A child is a miracle, whether they are naturally given, created through IUI, IVF, a surrogate, etc., or adopted.  I do not believe for one second that the only people meant to have babies are the ones just naturally blessed by God.  I believe some miracles have to be fought for a little harder because maybe that fighting has a purpose.  Maybe some miracles need a little more prayer and struggle to be created.  One thing I most certainly know is that my “miracle” will be very loved and VERY wanted because he or she will have been dreamed of, prayed for, and fought for until the day they arrive.  The back of the shirt says “Support those with infertility.”  It is my hope that people will want to get this shirt to help me promote awareness and to help others like me know that there are people who care and are supporting us.  I also hope others like me will wear it with hope in their hearts and not be afraid to talk about their own journeys.  Yes, I get some money out of it for fundraising, but I made this shirt for so much more than just myself.

So, PLEASE share my campaign with everyone you know.  Help me promote Infertility Awareness.  Help me show support to others with infertility.  Help me towards my dream of starting a family.

Thank you for reading this!

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{June 15, 2015}   Fundraising for Fertility

Thanks to my friend, Dayle, who agreed to be my sponsor, I am currently doing a fundraiser through a great website called Filltheirarms.com.  This site offers people who are in need of help with raising money for both fertility treatments or adoption meet their goals by providing them a site in which to share their stories and accept donations where you can keep 100% of your donations other than sites like gofundme.com, which take a percentage of them.

Dayle is a great friend I met through blogging about 4 years ago whom I have never had the pleasure of meeting in person, but we both share a love for writing and we share other commonalities that help us to get along well with each other.  It meant a great deal to me when she agreed to take on writing the fundraising letter for me and offered to help me come up with other ideas, so again, I want to say thank you to her.

To see my page on fill their arms and read what she wrote, go here: https://www.filltheirarms.com/sharon—chad.html

To read my last post about my fight to become a mother, go here: Fighting to be a mother

So far, I have had 1 donation, which I am extremely thankful for, but I have a long way to go in earning money.  Insurance isn’t going to cover the fertility treatment, and sadly, my job is going through some changes and it’s been VERY slow, which means a LOT smaller paychecks.  I know some people would not agree to being so vocal about my infertility or asking for help from others, but infertility IS a huge issue and it’s time we stop stigmatizing it and making people afraid to talk about it. If you are unable to help financially, I won’t love you any less.  All I ask for is that you support me with your positive thoughts and/or prayers whether or not you are able to offer anything monetarily.

I am also considering using a site to make t-shirts that people can buy to support my cause.  Maybe something along the lines of “Sometimes miracles need a little help”, “Helping to fill empty arms”, “Praying for a Baby Hughes”, etc.  I just threw those out there from the top of my head.  Nothing is final yet.  Please comment here or message me privately on FB or through my email, Greeneyedramaqueen@gmail.com if you would be willing or interested to buy a shirt/shirts if I did something like this.  I will only do this if I get enough people who are interested.  If anyone has any other ideas for me and/or would like to help host a fundraiser, I would love to hear from you!



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