Last week I got to attend Infertility Advocacy Day. Advocacy Day is a RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association event that gives those of us in the infertility community a chance to sit down face to face with our Congressional leaders and discuss infertility and adoption.
So last week I drove to Washington DC with 1,308 letters for Congressional leaders from 45 different states. Intent on making a change.
I was chosen by RESOLVE as one of 25 people to be a part of the Inaugural Ambassador Class. I spent Wednesday with 24 other infertility community members and the RESOLVE staff getting valuable training on how I can rally my local community to support RESOLVE and the infertility and adoption community.
Thursday was the big day! I spent from 8 am to 10 am receiving training, and then we were off! One amazing part of this is that RESOLVE makes your appointments and gives you your schedule. All you have to do is learn about the Bills and go to your meetings!
Everything went well. There were 5 of us from Ohio to meet with the staff of both Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman. Afterwards, Jessie and I split off from the other 3 and went with each other to our respective House Representative meetings. We met with the staff for both Representative Dave Joyce and Representative Jim Renacci.
This year RESOLVE really focused on the words we used when discussing the Bills and as such there was a real difference in how we were received. That combined with the CDC’s National Public Health Action Plan and we saw a lot of positive feedback this year.
My 2 days in Washington DC are, without a doubt, the most empowering days I have had in my entire life. It really has given some control in a situation I have no control over. It has also connected me with some of the most amazing and powerful people I have ever met in my life.
It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to sit in a room with a couple hundred other men and women that, while their story is different, understand exactly what you are going through. To know we are all fighting so that future generations don’t have to suffer the way we have is absolutely uplifting.
Be the change you want to see. I am.
I’ll leave you with a gallery of pictures from my trip. Now the countdown to next year!