In the lead up to Giving Tuesday this year, RESOLVE has invited bloggers to write about a specific topic each month prior to December 1, 2015. December‘s is RESOLVE to Give Hope. If you would like to participate, you can find more information at the RESOLVE Giving Tuesday blogger information page.
RESOLVE to Give Hope
Today is the day. Giving Tuesday. A charitable day of giving after the debauchery of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. The idea behind Giving Tuesday is that towards the end of the year is the perfect time to make your tax deductible charitable donations, and while you’re busy spending on your family and friends, why not also donate to your favorite charities?
My charity of choice is RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Granted, a lot of my donation is spent in time, as opposed to monetary contributions. I use my social media presence to educate people about infertility, I host a monthly infertility support group, and I spend a couple days in May on Capitol Hill trying to pass legislation to recognize my disease as just that, a disease.
Hope even through all of this though has been a struggle for me. I have issues with the way we frame hope, specifically in the infertility community. My struggle is with the idea that hope only means continuing treatment until a baby is conceived and born. It doesn’t hold out room for those that stop treatment and choose adoption or childfree.
I want to change that.
Hope means finding peace in your ending, whatever that ending is. Each of us needs to own our own story, and find the peace we need to live our lives how we see fit. Making that peace should give anyone hope, even if the story doesn’t end how we dreamed it would.
RESOLVE helps us further that goal, through helping us pass local and national legislation, fighting bills that infringe on our treatment process and reproductive rights, and educating the masses on the disease of infertility. They need our help. So I ask you to make a donation today. 1 in 8 people are currently struggling with infertility, the majority silently. Donate today to make a difference tomorrow.