Raise Your Infertility Voice for Advocacy Day!

Keiko Advocacy Day 2012

For the past two years, I've headed to Capitol Hill to speak up for the infertility community, courtesy of RESOLVE. For a whirlwind 24 hours, I walked all over Capitol Hill spreading the message that infertility is a disease and that the needs of infertility patients matter. I got to meet my elected officials in person. Hell, I even got a photo ... [Read on...]

Join the Movement for #NIAW

Join the Movement for National Infertility Awareness Week

It's National Infertility Awareness Week and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association wants all of us to join the movement. If you asked me four years ago if I would ever join a movement for infertility, I would have laughed heartily at the suggestion. But the truth is: it's the movement that's kept me going.But what does "joining the ... [Read on...]

“This is what 7.3 million looks like.”

I am what infertility looks like

Infertility affects as many as 7.3 million people in the United States alone. But what does that actually look like?Well to start, that's slightly less than the entire population of Israel. That's slightly more than the entire population of Hong Kong. Or, another way to look at it: it's the combined populations of entire nations like Moldova ... [Read on...]

Join the Movement for National Infertility Awareness Week

National Infertility Awareness Week 2013

National Infertility Awareness Week is coming... are you ready?More importantly, are you ready to Join the Movement this year?NIAW has always had a special place in my heart. It's when I first "came out" about my infertility to a larger group of friends and colleagues, just over a month after I was first diagnosed in 2009. In 2010, it ... [Read on...]

Act Now to Help The Family Act & The Adoption Tax Credit

I've Called, Have You?

Congress is back in session, after their nice long holiday break. Now is the perfect time to call them up and let them know that hey: infertility matters and the 7.3 million Americans living with infertility could use their legislative help."But Keiko," I hear you saying, "It's a lame duck session."True. But just because a good chunk of ... [Read on...]

#GivingTuesday: Highlighting Important Infertility Organizations All Day!

Giving Tuesday at The Infertility Voice

Today is Giving Tuesday. Following on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday seeks to turn that holiday spending power into holiday giving power by focusing on organizations and non-profits making a difference in our communities.For this Giving Tuesday, I'm highlighting infertility-related ... [Read on...]

Eat, Drink and Be Merry – Or Don’t: An Infertility Holiday Survival Guide

Surviving Infertility and the Holidays

In case you missed it, the rush for the end of year holidays has begun. I find, that for the life of the infertile, that dash begins right around Hallowe'en, although Back to School season has begun creeping in on this territory, too. From Hallowe'en it's practically light warp speed straight to Christmas. Forget Thanksgiving. That poor bastard of ... [Read on...]

IVF Raffles and the Disparity of Care: What Needs to Be Said

A Fertility Gamble

There's a piece in the NY Times this weekend about the latest infertility clinic to sponsor a raffle of an IVF cycle. And, like so many pieces on this controversial subject, it gets at the ethical dilemma of such raffles:“It is against the law to raffle off a puppy, but we’re allowed to raffle off the opportunity to have a baby?” said Pamela ... [Read on...]

CD5: Time to act.

The Family Act of 2011 Needs Your Help

Hey, did you know fertility treatments are expensive?Let me clue you in our a little scenario that's been eating away at us. So, we live in this great Commonwealth of Massachusetts and my fertility treatments are covered by my insurance, as mandated by state law. Piece. O. Cake. Right?Ha ha ha, no.The Massachusetts insurance mandate ... [Read on...]

Advocacy Day 2012: Vignettes, Voices and Images

Senator Help Me Build My Family

It was a longer trek than I thought from the Senate building to the Metro station and I was thankful that the weather had held up so beautifully. The sun was shining, the breeze tempering just the right amount of chill to dry the tiny beads of sweat forming along my eyebrows as we walked."What was the most powerful part of the day for you?" I ... [Read on...]